Dan Howard is an engineer and lawyer specialising in energy and resources law with an emphasis on electricity, gas, mining, water and utilities.

He is consistently recognised by clients and independent directories for his expertise in these areas, including multiple listings in the Australian Financial Review's Best Lawyers.

Dan has significant experience advising mining, electricity and gas companies on project development, regulatory issues, commodity contracts and infrastructure arrangements including port and water. Dan has been involved in the development of some of Australia's largest electricity, gas and coal projects.

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Energy and Resources

Mining, petroleum and electricity regulation: Dan has significant experience in dealing with all aspects of mining, petroleum and electricity regulation and regularly advises mining companies and energy utilities on regulatory issues that impact on their business.

Queensland energy suppliers: Dan has negotiated and drafted numerous long-term complex joint venture, farm-in and commodity sale agreements. He has also negotiated and drafted numerous gas transportation agreements, including forward haul, backhaul, park, loan and as available services, as well as gas hedging arrangements for Queensland energy suppliers.

Generators, distributors and retailers: Dan has significant energy project experience and regularly acts for generators, distributors and retailers.

Coal seam gas fired electricity generator: Dan was the lead adviser on the development of the first on-field coal seam gas fired electricity generator in Queensland.

Green energy projects: Dan has advised on numerous green energy projects aimed at securing carbon pollution reduction and alternative energy sources. He has also developed documentation to implement demand side management and embedded generation projects.

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Construction and Major Projects

Mining, petroleum and electricity regulation: Dan has significant experience in dealing with all aspects of mining, petroleum and electricity regulation and regularly advises mining companies and energy utilities on regulatory issues that impact on their business.

Queensland energy suppliers: Dan has negotiated and drafted numerous long-term complex joint venture, farm-in and commodity sale agreements. He has also negotiated and drafted numerous gas transportation agreements, including forward haul, backhaul, park, loan and as available services, as well as gas hedging arrangements for Queensland energy suppliers.

Generators, distributors and retailers: Dan has significant energy project experience and regularly acts for generators, distributors and retailers.

Coal seam gas fired electricity generator: Dan was the lead adviser on the development of the first on-field coal seam gas fired electricity generator in Queensland.

Green energy projects: Dan has advised on numerous green energy projects aimed at securing carbon pollution reduction and alternative energy sources. He has also developed documentation to implement demand side management and embedded generation projects.

Unique and leading edge water projects: Dan has also advised on unique and leading edge water projects including projects that use water produced from coal seam methane production, and has advised major users on water regulatory issues including water licences, entitlements and allocations.

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Corporate Advisory / M&A

Coal seam gas fired electricity generator: Dan was the lead adviser on the development of the first on-field coal seam gas fired electricity generator in Queensland.

Green energy projects: Dan has advised on numerous green energy projects aimed at securing carbon pollution reduction and alternative energy sources. He has also developed documentation to implement demand side management and embedded generation projects.

Unique and leading edge water projects: Dan has also advised on unique and leading edge water projects including projects that use water produced from coal seam methane production, and has advised major users on water regulatory issues including water licences, entitlements and allocations.

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Water

Unique and leading edge water projects: Dan has also advised on unique and leading edge water projects including projects that use water produced from coal seam methane production, and has advised major users on water regulatory issues including water licences, entitlements and allocations.

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Infrastructure Access and Regulation

Mining, petroleum and electricity regulation: Dan has significant experience in dealing with all aspects of mining, petroleum and electricity regulation and regularly advises mining companies and energy utilities on regulatory issues that impact on their business.

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Mergers and Acquisitions

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Renewables

Sun Brilliance Cunderdin Solar Farm: Advising on its electricity sale agreement from 100MW solar farm to major refinery.

Talison Lithium: Acting on its renewable electricity and REC offtake arrangements.

Scentre Group: Advised on its renewable generation projects installed on its embedded network shopping centres around Australia including electricity supply agreement to tenants.

Brisbane Airport Corporation: Advised on its embedded network solar generation project, network authorisations, retail PPA and regulatory advice on embedded network and on-supply arrangements.

Ergon Energy - Renewable Energy Procurement: Advised on its 270MW renewable energy purchase tender. The offtake agreements for electricity and RECs will underpin the construction and operation of Mt Emerald Wind Farm 170 MW and the Lilyvale Solar Farm 100MW. The process involved consideration of multiple renewable options including battery storage technologies.

Apple: Advising on renewable certificate offtake arrangements in Australia.

Our Energy Company: Advising on electricity renewables retail project for community based renewables generation and supply.

Stadiums Queensland: Advised on solar PV generation installed on its stadiums as well as regulatory advice on electricity on-supply, PPA and connection agreements. 

Department of State Development: Advising on proposed significant renewables generation project in Queensland.

CS Energy: Advising on long term offtake arrangements to underpin the 60MW Kennedy Renewable Energy Project and battery storage, and on the proposed investment in Solar Dawn 500 MW solar thermal project.

Transport for NSW: Advised on long-term corporate PPA and Green Products offtake agreements.

Monash University: Advised of corporate PPA behind the meter offtake and Green Products Agreement.

S2R: Advising on a battery storage venture.

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