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We are dedicated, experienced policy experts with a proven track record of accomplishing our client’s goals. Combined, we have decades of experience working on issues associated with GHG emission reductions, oil and natural gas, electricity policy and clean energy innovation.

WE HAVE DESIGNED LEADING POLICIES TO REDUCE GHGs FROM SOME OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST INDUSTRIAL SOURCES 

We have successfully helped design and implement policies to reduce GHGs from oil and natural gas activities, landfills and deforestation.  As senior advisor and project lead for the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF), www.gcftaskforce.org, William is working to develop regulatory frameworks to reduce emissions from deforestation and land use. Elizabeth has helped Environmental Defense Fund successfully lobby for state, federal and international clean air and climate policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from oil and natural gas activities for nearly a decade.

What We Do   

WE HELP CLIENTS ANALYZE COMPLEX LEGAL AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS 

Drawing on a deep understanding of carbon markets, the electric utility sector, and the oil and natural gas industry, we offer expert policy and legal analysis to help clients who wish to understand and solve some of today’s most pressing environmental matters.  We have co-authored multiple studies for the Department of Energy on various aspects of the natural gas sector, including an analysis of the regulatory framework applicable to oil and gas activities, opportunities to reduce methane emissions from upstream, midstream and downstream activities, and an inquiry into practices implemented to increase the safe and reliable production and transportation of natural gas.

Where We Work   

MEET OUR TEAM

ELIZABETH PARANHOS

SENIOR PARTNER

Elizabeth delone Paranhos is a climate change and clean air expert.   As a consultant for Environmental Defense Fund Elizabeth has successfully lobbied for state, federal and international clean air and climate policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from oil and natural gas activities.  She assisted Boulder and Broomfield counties in Colorado develop regulations to reduce impacts to water and air resources from local oil and gas activities and served as an expert witness on regulations for the oil and gas industry before the New Mexico Environmental Appeals Board.

In 2014 she and William Boyd formed Energy Innovation Partners to provide expert legal and policy advice on clean energy, climate and environmental policies.   Elizabeth and William have co-authored two studies on the natural gas sector for the Department of Energy and currently are working on a third. The first focused on the regulatory framework governing unconventional natural gas development. The second focused on the regulatory framework for controlling methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain.

Elizabeth received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.S. in Political Science from Vassar College.  Elizabeth clerked for the Honorable Stanley Sporkin, United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  She was the first recipient of the Charles Koob Fellowship in Land and Water Law at the Natural Resources Defense Council where she helped secure important protections for environmentally sensitive areas and species. She joined the environmental practice of Hogan Lovells upon moving to Denver in 2005 where she worked on environmental compliance prior to starting her own consulting business.

WILLIAM BOYD

SENIOR PARTNER

William Boyd is co-founder of Energy Innovation Partners and a tenured professor at the University of Colorado Law School. Professor Boyd received his Ph.D. from the Energy & Resources Group at UC-Berkeley and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. After law school, Professor Boyd clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the United State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Boyd then served as American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow and Counsel on the Democratic minority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. He then practiced energy, environmental and climate change law with the firm of Covington & Burling LLP in Washington DC.

As a faculty member at the law school, Professor Boyd teaches energy law & regulation, climate change law & policy, and environmental law. His current research focuses on legal and institutional design issues associated with emerging GHG compliance systems; integration of forests and land use into climate policy; electricity policy and clean energy innovation.

“Elizabeth has been truly indispensable in helping EDF achieve its goals. The quality and speed of her work and the creativity she brings to problem-solving make her a pleasure to work with.”

MATT WATSON • ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT, CLIMATE AND ENERGY PROGRAM, EDF

“Elizabeth is a true expert in her field. She provides solid and responsive legal advice and can explain complicated issues in a way that is easy to understand.”

DAVID HUGHES • DEPUTY COUNTY ATTORNEY, BOULDER COUNTY

LEADING MINDS. LATEST PUBLICATIONS.

Highly Reliable Organizations in the Onshore Natural Gas Sector: An Assessment of Current Practices, Regulatory Frameworks, and Select Case Studies

September 5th, 2017|0 Comments

T his study focuses on onshore natural gas operations and examines the extent to which oil and gas firms have [...]

Controlling Methane Emissions in the Natural Gas Sector: A Review of Federal & State Regulatory Frameworks Governing Production, Gathering, Processing, Transmission, and Distribution

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

T his report provides an overview of the regulatory frameworks governing methane emissions from natural gas activities. The [...]