199 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Energy and telecommunications attorney providing practical, creative solutions.
An Associate in the firm's Energy, Environmental and Telecommunications Groups, Josh Leckey advises clients on a broad range of matters associated with energy siting, transactions, real estate, and litigation. Josh represents a variety of clients, ranging from independent developers of renewable-energy projects, commercial property owners working with energy developers, and public utilities. This work includes obtaining siting approval for the largest solar facility in Vermont – a 20 MW ground-mounted array – together with multiple other commercial-scale facilities under Vermont’s net-metering program. Josh has also represented clients on a diverse set of energy transactions, from the conveyance of a transmission facility that interconnects Hydro-Quebec and Vermont bulk-transmission systems, to the sale of and/or financing for numerous solar projects and renewable-energy entities. Recently, Josh has helped clients find innovative solutions for developing sites with environmental challenges by capitalizing on the “safe harbor” protections under the Vermont Waste Management Act. Above all, Josh maintains a keen awareness of environmental and land-use developments, helping clients adapt to Vermont’s ever-shifting legal landscape.
- Gained siting approval for the first solar project proposed for a brownfield under Vermont’s revised net-metering program.
- Successfully appealed the Vermont Supreme Court to reverse dismissal of a solar project, setting precedent that stands to benefit renewable energy developers by requiring greater consistency and predictability in how the Public Utility Commission applies its regulations.
- Lead a team on the first Section 248 permit issued for a merchant battery storage system in Vermont. Among other capabilities, the 4.999 MW/ 20 MWh system will allow the interconnecting utility to shave its peak demand to lower transmission and capacity expenses — to the benefit of Vermont ratepayers.
- Assisted Vermont municipality with successful permitting of a solar project on an active gravel pit under Vermont’s revised net-metering program.
- Successfully permitted a 20 MW solar facility to be constructed in Ludlow and Cavendish, Vermont – the largest in the state.
- Obtained regulatory approval for Standard Offer solar projects sited on a brownfield site in Lyndonville, Vermont, to be developed in partnership with the regional development corporation to maximize liability protections under the Vermont Waste Management Act.
- Represented an independent producer in the sale of a portfolio of ten solar facilities approved under Vermont’s net-metering program.
- Contributed to legal strategy and successfully defend Vermont Supreme Court appeal of Certificate of Public Good for a telecommunications project in Bennington, Vermont.
- Presented on current trends in energy law at a Planning and Zoning Forum held by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.
Vermont Law School, J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 2013 Managing Editor, Vermont Law Review
Judicial law clerk to the Honorable Christina Reiss, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont
U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, 2017
New Hampshire, 2021
- Vermont Bar Association
- President, Vermont Law School Christian Organization (2013)
- Merit Scholar
- Public Service Scholar
- First Place and Best Brief Overall in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (2013)
- Co-champion of Vermont Law School’s Debevoise Moot Court Competition (2012)
- Academic excellence awards in Land Use, Administrative law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, and Intellectual Property.
Hinesburg Energy Committee, 2019
Northeast Energy and Commerce Association’s Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation Committee, 2019
Board Member, Chittenden County Court Diversion Program, 2009
199 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401ph: 802-863-2375