Associated European Energy Consultants

“Delivering European Energy Solutions”

Associated European Energy Consultants

“Delivering European Energy Solutions”

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Dublin, London, New York, San Francisco

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Barrow Street 4
+353 1 614 5000
+353 1 614 2120
Contact person for AEEC matters:

Peter McLay

Peter is a Partner in our Energy and Natural Resources practice, advising on Irish and European law and regulation applicable to Irish energy projects.

He advises project sponsors, lenders, utilities and regulatory authorities in relation to all aspects of the Irish electricity, natural gas and petroleum sectors, as well as related areas of law such as environmental permitting and energy efficiency obligations. Peter also advises large energy consumers on efficient and diverse procurement strategies.

Peter has advised in relation to major Irish thermal and renewable, onshore and offshore, electricity generation projects, as well as the development of an Irish LNG gasification terminal.

Energy and natural resources
Projects and infrastructure
Regulated industries

Representative Matters

Advising Cubico Sustainable Investments in relation to the acquisition and project financing of the Cordal wind farm in Cordal, Co Kerry.

Advising Brookfield Renewable Ireland in relation to its deal to supply renewable electricity to Facebook to power its new Irish data centres.

During 2016 alone, acting for Nord LB in financing the 33MW Glencarbry wind farm, the 32MW Dromadda More wind farm and the 56MW Cloghboola wind farm, and in re-financing the 44.5MW Knocknagoum wind farm and the 42.8MW Leitir Gungaid wind farm.

Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Business Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, 2013

“He is strong on detail but does not get lost in it. He is approachable and the quality of his work is excellent.”
Speaking Engagements & Teaching

Presenting “Ireland – energy update 2015” at European Energy Day, Hamburg, November 2015.

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Ireland

Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA)

University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand), LLB / BA (Economics)

University College Dublin, MA (Economics)

Keith Newman
Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP is an Irish business law firm with 80 partners and offices in Dublin, London, New York and San Francisco. Energy sector clients know us primarily for our work in the project financing of new Irish electricity generation projects, in addition to a significant energy regulation practice. Energy projects are complex by their nature and with our energy regulation, construction, real estate, banking and corporate expertise, we give clients a clear understanding of their options.
We work collaboratively with our clients to identify and manage risk across the life cycle of each project. Our lawyers give more than technical advice – their approach is informed by insights gained by their combined experience in the sector.

Dublin, London, New York, San Francisco
Approx. 580
Accredited professionals
Approx. 309
Dedicated departments in the field of energy
Energy, Utilities and Projects, Conventional Energy, Renewable Energy, Projects and Infrastructure
Accredited professionals active in the field of energy
Approx. 35
Other departments
Commercial, Construction and Engineering Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Public & Admin, Real Estate, Tax.
We represent a wide range of clients in the Irish energy sector, including utilities, investors, developers, financiers and regulators. We have acted for developers and lenders on the project financing of wind farms with a combined finance value in excess of €2.8billion and energy generation capacity in excess of 1.76GW – i.e. a majority of the c. 3GW wind generation that stands connected in Ireland. We have also advised on transactions involving electricity and natural gas network assets, and petroleum exploration and extraction. We advised the Commission for Utilities Regulation and the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation on the development of the all-island Single Electricity Market (SEM).
Our team combines experience from across the construction, corporate, real estate, a planning and environmental, regulatory, banking and procurement practices in the firm. This ensures that each team member has specialised knowledge in the individual practice areas whilst also specialising in energy transactions.
Selection of references
Representative recent work: Advised Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited on the acquisition and project financing of Cordal Wind Farm (89.6MW). Cordal is one of the largest renewable electricity generation projects in Ireland. Advised Cloosh Valley Wind Farm Limited, a joint venture between SSE Renewables Ireland Limited and Coillte, in relation to the development of a 105MW wind farm forming part of Galway Wind Park, one of the largest on-shore wind farms in Ireland. Represented Neoen International S.A.S. on its joint venture with BNRG Renewables Limited to develop, construct, own and operate a portfolio of 23 solar photovoltaic projects in the South and East of Ireland, with proposed generation capacity totalling over 200 MW. Acting for EirGrid plc, Ireland’s transmission system operator, in litigation arising out of the North-South Interconnector project. This project comprises an overhead line which, when completed, will provide a high capacity electricity interconnector between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Advised Brookfield Renewable Ireland in relation to its deal to supply renewable electricity to Facebook to power several new Irish data centers.

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