Benjamin Jacobi represents developers of renewable energy projects in zoning, permitting, regulatory, administrative and litigation matters, counseling them on all issues related to complex energy project development, including state and local permitting, road use agreements, NWS agreements and other related matters. He has significant experience in wind and solar projects, having previously served as counsel to governmental entities regulating those developments.
Ben also has over 13 years of litigation experience and has considerable experience defending challenges to energy development permits in court. Ben recently defeated a motion for temporary restraining order seeking to invalidate a special use permit granted to a 200 MW wind farm project and then obtained a dismissal of the case altogether. Ben’s experience litigating challenges to zoning permits enables him to identify and head off key issues of potential dispute in the development phase, saving his clients from potential litigation exposure.
Ben has counseled dozens of local governments on various zoning issues, and within that scope has received multiple appointments as special assistant state’s attorney. In the energy context, Ben has counseled counties on the drafting of their Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) and Solar Energy Ordinances. He has acted as counsel to the Zoning Board of Appeals during complex hearings on proposed amendments to WECS Ordinances. He has advised zoning administrators on the regulation of high voltage transmission lines, the impact of energy development on drainage districts, and compliance of solar farm developers with their special use permits. Ben’s prior experience counseling counties and other local governmental entities makes him a valuable and trustworthy resource to clients seeking permitting from local regulators.