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Hunter Johnston

Hunter Johnston

Partner, Steptoe LLP
Hunter Johnston has a leading practice focused on carbon capture and sequestration policy as well as renewable energy and decarbonization policy. Hunter's legal experience over a 35-year career includes representation of clients on matters involving legislative, regulatory, and transactional practice areas with a particular focus in public policy and project finance regarding energy, tax, and decarbonization practice areas. A recognized leader in carbon capture policy, he has been an advisor to the carbon capture coalition that was responsible for passage of the rewrite of the 45Q tax credit and implementing regulations. He also counsels clients regarding the wind production tax credit and other matters in the wind industry. Hunter has more than a decade of experience developing carbon capture projects. His experiences have included direct involvement with all aspects of CCS development including permitting, finance, legislative drafting and strategy, federal funding opportunities, NEPA compliance, tax equity structuring and agreements, public comments, and advice regarding implementing regulations and legislative changes to improve the tax credit. He is focused on opportunities for the transition to a blue and green economy through policies to support decarbonization. Hunter was the lead attorney on securing the first conditional commitment of $2 billion with the Title 17 Advanced Fossil Energy Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program and also led successful efforts to secure Industrial Carbon Capture Funds under the energy provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as well as other energy tax credits and programs.
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