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    • J.D., cum laude, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 2009, The Urban Lawyer, Articles Editor
    • B.A., summa cum laude, Saint Louis University, 2006, English Literature; Presidential Scholar

Luke Hagedorn is passionate about assisting clients with providing diverse, affordable, and reliable energy to their customers. Luke’s dedication to understanding the complex and changing statutes and regulations that govern the energy industry allows him to work with public utility, renewable energy, oil and gas, and end-user companies to address the unique legal needs that arise out of generation, production or consumption of energy and natural resources.

Over the course of his development as an energy attorney, Luke has been struck by the fascinating interplay between business considerations, politics, economics, and regulatory concerns that form the core of the United States’ energy policy. Luke’s understanding of these complicated facets allows him to help companies navigate the complex legal issues that arise at every stage of an energy project’s life.

By focusing his practice in both transactional and regulatory aspects of energy projects, Luke strives to provide well-rounded guidance relating to clients’ current legal needs, as well as efficiently identify and mitigate potential complications that might arise down the road.

In addition to his legal work, Luke founded a blog, RenewableEnergyLawInsider.com, in 2011 in an effort to remain on the cutting-edge of the business and legal issues that impact his clients’ daily lives. This blog allows Luke to stay up-to-date on industry trends while also providing a vehicle for informing renewable energy project developers on what he sees as significant, surprising, and sometimes counter-intuitive ways in which renewable energy projects can be affected by local, state, and federal policy initiatives.

  • Assisted public utility with the presentation of one of the largest rate cases in Kansas history involving cost recovery for the construction of a $2.4 billion dollar coal plant.
  • Assisted public utility seeking preapproval from the Kansas Corporation Commission for the ratemaking treatment of a $1.2 billion environmental retrofit for an existing coal plant, including the preparation and presentation of a cost-benefit analysis of pursuing a retrofit as opposed to constructing other forms of new generation.
  • Assisted a public utility with the design and implementation of its solar program, including designing streamlined processes and procedures for the review, processing, and approval of net metering and incentive applications.
  • Assisted developer construction a 470 MW wind project in Kansas with qualifying for and obtaining exemptions from state-level public utility and ratemaking regulation.
  • Assisted Kansas City Power & Light with the preparation of a successful bid and the negotiation and drafting of agreements that allowed for full monetization of the Missouri solar rebates and the collection of the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
  • Assisted with the preparation of legal opinions and certifications as to compliance with permits and state and local laws and regulations necessary to secure $1.3 billion in financing for numerous wind projects in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
  • Assisted wind developer client with a large portfolio of projects throughout the Midwest with identifying and complying with the numerous state and local regulatory, statutory, and permitting requirements that must be satisfied in order to construct and operate a wind project in each state within the developer’s current and proposed project footprint.
  • Represented client in the financing, construction, and sale of multiple photovoltaic projects with an aggregate capacity of 3.8 MW in Arizona.
  • Assisted several solar developer clients entering the Missouri market with preparing transaction structures and documents that would comply with state restrictions on third-party sales of electricity and public utility regulations, as well as allow for full monetization of federal incentives and the Missouri solar rebate.
  • Prepared a report detailing the economic benefits of the Kansas wind industry, presented the findings of the report to several committees of the Kansas legislature and various business groups throughout the state, and successfully defended the Renewables Portfolio Standards (RPS) policy.
  • Assisted oil drilling company with the regulatory approval, permitting, contract negotiations, and unitization of a unique enhanced recovery horizontal drilling project in Kansas.
  • Assisted the drafting of an inventory of the incentives and finance mechanisms that are available in Kansas and Missouri for the construction of residential solar projects.
  • Assisted multinational oil and gas developer based out of Singapore with the acquisition and development of numerous mineral assets located in Colorado and North Dakota, including performance of due diligence on the mineral interest assets and preparation of a Participation Agreement.
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Polsinelli in partnership with Kansas Energy Information Network (KEIN)
2014 Report prepared by Polsinelli Attorneys Alan Claus Anderson, Britton Gibson, Luke Hagedorn and KEIN Founder, Scott W. White, Ph.D.
February 2014
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North American Windpower, Volume 10, Number 5
An up-close examination of how Kansas' RPS survived recent attacks yields some important lessons for the wind industry.
Co-Authors: Alan Claus Anderson; J. Britton Gibson and Luke Hagedorn
June 2013
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Written testimony by Luke Hagedorn, Alan Claus Anderson, J. Britton Gibson before the Kansas House Standing Committee on Energy and Environment
March 19, 2013
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March 2013
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Mid-American Regional Council
Presentation regarding qualified energy conservation bonds
February 19, 2013
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Wichita Business Journal
Luke Hagedorn was quoted in article.
February 15, 2013
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KCTV 5 News
Luke Hagedorn is quoted in article.
February 14, 2013
eAlertsNewsletters & E-Alerts
November 19, 2012
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Kansas Energy Information Network
Co-Authors Alan Claus Anderson, J. Britton Gibson, Scott W. White and Luke Hagedorn
September 2012
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Windpower Engineering & Development magazine
Co-Authors Alan Claus Anderson and Luke Hagedorn
September 2012