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Joyce E.


Joyce E.


Joyce concentrates her practice on renewable energy, environmental regulation, and litigation. Her experience includes advising solar developers on structuring and negotiating renewable energy transactions, including the purchase and sale of renewable energy projects, as well as assisting NYSERDA on issues related to the New York Offshore Wind Master Plan. Joyce has also assisted clients navigate environmental issues ranging from stormwater discharges and underground storage tanks to CERCLA and the New York Brownfield Cleanup Program. She is a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute, and has been named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists for Environmental Litigation and Environmental Law.

Joyce maintains an active pro bono practice, and recently represented the National Parks Conservation Association in an appeal and negotiations to protect the natural and historic resources of Valley Forge National Historic Park from increased pollution from stormwater runoff.

Before joining SPR, Joyce had served as the Connecticut Director of Environment Northeast, now Acadia Center, where she acted as lead counsel on issues before the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and focused on advancing policy and regulatory solutions to transform the energy system. She also served as the State Senate President’s designated environmental representative on the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board.

Her work in Connecticut and in the Northeast advocated for expanded investment in cost-effective energy efficiency and working to protect and strengthen existing policy mechanisms to decarbonize the electric supply. In addition, Joyce has extensive experience in intellectual property disputes and transactions, specifically relating to patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and has on numerous occasions been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Intellectual Property.

“Environmental Law: Developments in the Law of SEQRA, 2017-2018 Survey of New York Law,” co-author Mark A. Chertok & Allison Sloto

For: Syracuse Law Review, Vol. 69, No. 4


“Policy Paper: Connecticut Energy Policy & the Role of Efficiency,” co-author

For: University of Connecticut School of Law, Center for Energy and Environmental Law

April 2011

Governor Hochul Approves Changes to Environmental Justice Amendments

On March 3, 2023, Governor Hochul approved the New York State Legislature’s “chapter amendment” (S01317/A01286) to the environmental justice law that was enacted in ...

ORES Issues Final Regulations for Streamlining Siting, Permitting, and Development of Large-Scale Renewables

On March 3, 2021, New York State’s newly formed Office of Renewable Energy Siting (“ORES”) issued final regulations for streamlining the siting, permitting, and development of large-scale renewable energy projects in the State.  The regulations were promulgated pursuant to the Read More

New York State Issues Draft Value of Carbon Guidance for Comment

New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019 (CLCPA) sets requirements and goals for statewide greenhouse gas emissions reductions, plans to achieve net zero emissions across the State’s economy, and renewables targets. In accordance with the CLCPA, the New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC), in ...

New FERC Order No. 872 Likely to Increase Regulatory Burden on Small Renewable Energy Facilities

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently issued Final Order No. 872, implementing sweeping changes to the regulations that implement the Public Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, also known as PURPA.  Although the Commission described the changes as a move to “modernize the Commission’s interpretation of PURPA,” the new ...

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Maui Injection Wells Case

The federal Clean Water Act (CWA or Act) requires a permit for “any addition of any pollutant to navigable waters from any point source.” 33 U.S.C. 1362 (12) (A). On November 6, 2019, the US Supreme Court (Supreme Court) heard oral argument in County of Maui v. Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, ...

Clean Water Act Update: EPA Repeals WOTUS Rule in Favor of Pre-2015 Rule

On September 12, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the “Corps”) (together, the “Agencies”)  announced a final rule (the “Repeal Rule”) rescinding the 2015 Clean Water Rule (the “2015 Rule”) that defined “waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”) under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). This Repeal ...

University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2007

University of North Carolina, M.S., Organic Chemistry, 2004

Duke University, B.S., 2002

Connecticut, 2011

New York, 2009

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

New York Appellate Division, 2nd Dept.

Music by the Glass, Board of Directors

Acadia Center, Secretary, Board of Directors

Asian American Bar Association of New York, Member