John Buchovecky

Van Ness Feldman, LLP

John Buchovecky represents clients in energy and related infrastructure project development, investment, operation and regulation in the US and internationally. He has extensive experience structuring projects, negotiating project agreements and documentation, and representing clients in related regulatory and permitting matters. John’s clients include project developers, investors, owners and operators, energy commodity companies and marketers, fuel suppliers, and equipment and technology vendors.

John is active in conventional, leading, and emerging energy technology sectors from fossil fuels power generation to demand side and distributed energy generation. John’s specific project representations include development and operation of natural gas fueled power generation, cogeneration, geothermal power, photovoltaic and concentrating solar power, waste-to-energy and other biomass power generation, renewable biogas, smart grid applications, energy efficiency, energy security, and related projects. He also represents clients on electric power transmission infrastructure matters including development and permitting of merchant transmission and independent transmission projects using high voltage direct current (HVDC) and other technologies. In the natural gas sector, John advises on development and permitting of natural gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG) export and import terminals, and associated infrastructure.

John’s regulatory practice includes representing clients before federal (including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC), state, and local authorities in matters involving permitting of facilities, authorizations and approvals to sell electric power, transmission, or other jurisdictional services.

John is also experienced in federal financial assistance programs, and has worked with clients to obtain substantial federal funding for advancement of both energy and environmental control technologies, and has advised on leading projects advancing carbon capture, including carbon capture incorporating geologic storage (CCS). Many of these projects involve forming and managing the public-private partnership process, as well as dealing with the Department of Defense and various federal agencies.

John’s practice includes both US and international markets. He has represented clients of the development and operation of natural gas, LNG and electric power infrastructure in Latin America, and renewable power development and oil and gas matters in east Africa. He has also advised on emerging market entry strategies, analyzed offshore regulatory regimes, and developed proposals for policies, laws and regulations to encourage foreign investment in energy infrastructure.