Becky Diffen is chair of the firm's renewable energy practice. She focuses her practice on energy transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and project development.
She represents developers, private equity firms, investment banks, and a variety of other public and private companies in the renewable energy, energy storage, power generation, and oil and gas industries on complex transactions, including the acquisition, development, joint venture, financing and sale of a variety of energy projects and companies. She also has experience advising clients on Texas regulatory law.
Becky has 15 years of experience in the power industry and previously worked as a utility-scale wind power developer. She has been recognized by Austin Under 40, Chambers USA, Legal Media Group Rising Stars, and Texas Rising Stars, serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law (where she teaches a seminar on electric power law), and is a co-author of Wind Law, the first wind law treatise, and Lexis Practice Advisor: Renewable Energy.
Representation of Duke Energy in the upgrade of its Notrees wind farm battery system, including negotiations with Samsung SDI America, Inc. for the provision of new batteries and Younicos, Inc. for installation and service of the energy storage management system.
Representation of a solar developer in contracts for the construction of and maintenance services for a new technology battery energy storage system to be integrated with an existing solar project.
Representation of a battery manufacturer in agreements for the sale of battery systems.
Representation of Duke Energy in connection with the development of a 36 MW battery storage facility located at the Notrees Wind Farm in Texas, the largest battery storage system of its kind.Renewable Energy
Representation of Macquarie Capital in the development, tax equity financing and debt financing of a 200 MW wind farm in Oldham and Deaf Smith counties, Texas.
Representation of developer in the project development and sale of a 400 MW wind farm in Fisher County, Texas.
Representation of a developer in the sale of a 300 MW wind project in Clay and Dickinson County, Iowa to a public utility company.
Representation of a wind developer in the pending sale of a 300 MW wind project to a Minnesota-based utility holding company.
Representation of a developer in the acquisition and development of an anaerobic digestion poultry waste project in North Carolina.
Representation of a tax equity investor in connection with investments in four utility-scale PV solar projects located in North Carolina.
Representation of a private equity fund in its acquisition of tax equity positions in four portfolios of more than 8,000 aggregated rooftop solar projects.
Representation of an investment bank in its sale of a utility-scale Texas solar development and the option to sell a second solar project.
Representation of a tax equity investor in connection with the proposed divestiture of a large portfolio of wind, solar and geothermal projects.
Representation of a wind developer in the acquisition and development of a 200 MW wind development in the Texas panhandle.
Representation of underwriters to 8point3 Energy Partners LP in its $420 million initial public offering of common units.
Representation of various renewable energy developers in the negotiation of interconnection agreements in Texas.
Representation of a Tyr Energy, an Itochu Corporation, in its $500 million joint equity investment in the 845 MW Shepherds Flat wind power generation project in Eastern Oregon, at the time the largest wind farm in the world.
Representation of a King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy on the establishment of a legal and regulatory framework for a renewable and civil atomic energy sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Representation of Duke Energy Company in a 50/50 joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation for the development, construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of Duke Energy’s 131 MW Cimarron II Wind Energy Project and 168 MW Ironwood Wind Energy Project, both located in Kansas.
Representation of underwriters to Sol-Wind Renewable Power, LP in its initial public offering of common units. (Suspended)
Representation of underwriters to Pattern Energy Group Inc. in its $339 million public offering of common stock.
Representation of underwriters to Pattern Energy Group Inc. in its $382 million initial public offering of common stock.
Assisted in the representation of various renewable energy developers, including representation in Competitive Renewable Energy Zone proceedings and ERCOT protocol appeals, before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and ERCOT.Power
Representation of Quantum Utility Generation in its acquisition of gas-fired power generation development projects in Texas.
Representation of a developer in connection with the EPC contract and other development work for a natural gas peaker plant in ERCOT.
Representation of Riverstone Holdings in the $400 million acquisition of three coal-fired generating plants located in Maryland from a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation.
Representation in connection with Power Purchase Agreement drafting and negotiations for a natural gas peaker plant in ERCOT and a fuel oil project in the Caribbean.Mergers & Acquisitions
Representation of USA Compression Partners in its $187 million acquisition of compression assets from S&R Compression in exchange for common stock units representing 20% of the limited partnership interests in the company.
Representation of Spredfast in its stock-for-stock acquisition of Mass Relevance, a technology leader in enabling social marketing experiences for brands and media companies.
Representation of Pharos Capital Group in its acquisition of Seaside Healthcare, a behavioral health services provider.
Representation of SailPoint Technologies in Thoma Bravo’s significant equity investment in the company, an identity and access management provider.
President, Austin Public Library Friends Foundation
Endowments Chair and Past-President, Texas Energy Law Association
Board Member, Zilker Theatre Productions
Co-Chair, Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), Austin Chapter
National Webinar Committee, WRISE
Planning Committee, Renewable Energy Institute, University of Texas School of Law CLE
Fellow, Travis County Women Lawyers Foundation
Selected for A Word About Wind’s “Top 100 Legal Power List,” 2018
Selected for Renewable Energy World’s inaugural “Solar 40 under 40,” 2018
Selected as Austin's Under 40 Award Winner, Engineering, Energy, Mobility and Systems Sciences, 2017
Selected as a “Rising Star – Energy,” Euromoney LMG Americas/International Financial Law Review, 2017-2018
Named to Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, 2017
Named “Associate to Watch,” Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation, Texas, Chambers USA, 2011-2018
Named to “Texas Rising Stars,” Energy & Resources, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2018
Named a “Legal Media Group’s Rising Star,” Euromoney, 2015 & 2016
Selected for inclusion as a “Leading Lawyer,” Energy: Regulatory, Legal 500 United State, 2013
McGuireWoods Partner Becky Diffen Honored on Inaugural ‘Solar 40 Under 40’ List
July 5, 2018