ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2010
Gerald Sumida

Gerald Sumida

Partner

Carlsmith Ball LLP

Gerald A. Sumida is a partner in Carlsmith Ball LLP, a Hawaii-based law firm, and is Chair of its Business, Corporate and Finance Section. His legal practice encompasses corporate and business, securities, administrative, project development and energy matters, including the development and operation of renewable and clean technology energy projects as well as project finance. In the energy area, his clients include major firms that develop and operate wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, waste-to-energy, biomass, ocean thermal energy conversion and wave energy projects, as well cogeneration projects; undertake performance contracting and energy savings service projects; and invest in or finance clean technology projects. His energy practice has included drafting legislation to facilitate the development of Hawaii's renewable energy resources; chairing the Ad Hoc Energy Committee of The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii; advising the State of Hawaii on an inter-island electric energy transmission cable project in the mid-1980s and preparing a major analysis of the legal, permitting and financing of an inter-island cable system; drafting related inter-island cable permitting facilitation legislation; providing comments to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in its adoption of regulations implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1987 and the related Federal Energy Regulatory Commission implementing regulations; serving on the Hawaii Energy Efficiency Investment Project sponsored by the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) to assess the potential for efficient energy use and management by private building owners; and representing clients in various PUC proceedings dealing with power purchase agreements, intra-governmental wheeling, feed-in tariffs and decoupling mechanism. He represented a wind energy developer in In re Wind Power Pacific Investors-III (1984), in which the Hawaii Supreme Court affirmed the developer's status as a qualifying facility and defined what constitutes a "public utility" under Hawaii law. He is also the Vice Chair of the Steering Committee of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative.

Mr. Sumida served from October 1999 through January 2003 as the General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), then a 64-member country multilateral development bank established in 1966, based in Manila, Philippines, to provide financing and technical assistance for the economic development of developing Asian and Pacific member countries. Prior to joining the Carlsmith firm, he was a Research Associate at the Center of International Studies, Princeton University.

Mr. Sumida is active in numerous professional and community organizations. He currently serves as a board member of the University of Hawaii Foundation and Olelo Public Television, President of the Foundation for the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Secretary-General of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, and a Senior Advisor to the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Hawaii State Bar Association, American Society of International law, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, International Bar Association, The Washington Institute on Foreign Affairs, and the Hawaii-Pacific Export Council.

Mr. Sumida is a graduate of Punahou School; Princeton University (A.B., summa cum laude), and its Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs (undergraduate program); and Yale Law School (J.D.).

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