Court S. Rich
Court Rich is Co-Founder of Rose Law Group and is Director of the firm’s Regulatory and Renewable Energy Department. Court practices in the areas of renewable energy, utilities, municipal law, regulatory law, land use and zoning, administrative law, real estate, and handles administrative matters in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee, the Arizona Department of Real Estate, and lobbying at the State Legislature. Court serves as regulatory counsel for some of the largest solar companies and solar industry organizations in the United States. Court has extensive experience helping clients solve complicated real estate development and regulatory issues in all parts of the Valley and around the State of Arizona. Court has assisted clients in some especially unique development issues related to, utility services, floodplains, assurances, freeway and utility siting, as well as securing use permits, and variances where needed.
On the regulatory front, Court has worked on numerous groundbreaking matters in Arizona including acting as lead counsel before the Arizona Corporation Commission for the largest solar energy industry groups in the country in matters relating to the future of distributed generation in Arizona. Court has negotiated numerous power purchase agreements and turnkey agreements for utility scale solar generation facilities with utilities including among others Arizona Public Service, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Tucson Electric Power. In addition, Court has drafted and negotiated solar service agreements, solar lease agreements, and solar purchase agreements for numerous distributed scale solar projects with a variety of off-takers.
Under Court’s leadership, Rose Law Group pc has become the leading firm in Arizona for renewable energy and its renewable energy department was just ranked number one in the state by Ranking Arizona.
Court’s work demands that he have close relationships with elected officials and state, municipal, and county staff members throughout Arizona. As a result, Court is often involved in election campaigns in support of local and state candidates and stays involved in the communities in which he works. Court is always ready to assist clients in working with municipal, county, or state officials in an effort to build better communities and solve local and regional issues.
Court is a regular speaker and panelist on all things related to renewable energy. Court also has served as pro bono counsel for the Institute for Justice (representing a Winchell’s Donut shop against first amendment abuse) and has been an associate scholar at the Goldwater Institute which published his policy brief, “Protecting Private Property Rights: The Case for Vested Property Rights.”
He supports and serves on committees for various Valley philanthropic organizations including Teen Lifeline, which is one of his favorites. Former Governor Jan Brewer appointed Court to sit on her Solar Energy Advisory Task Force. Court was recently appointed by the Mayor and Council to sit on the City of Phoenix’s ad hoc committee on electric vehicle issues. Court is Vice President of the Arizona Solar Energy Industry Association, and a member of the Phoenix Green Chamber’s Public Policy Committee. Court also sits on the City of Scottsdale Cultural Council’s Scottsdale Public Art Advisory Board, the Board of the Arizona chapter of Gen Next, the Board of Directors for the Gen Equity Political Action Committee, and formerly served on the executive board of the Economic Development Group of Eloy (EDGE). Court is a proud graduate of Scottsdale Leadership’s Class 23, a member of Gen Next, and Pinal Partnership.
Court received his B.A. in philosophy from University of Arizona in 1998 and his J.D. from Arizona State University in 2001 where he was a Pedrick Scholar. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona Association.
On the lighter side, he was named “Best Name for a Lawyer” in the Phoenix New Times’ Best of Phoenix Issue, 2001.
In The News
SRP faces backlash on proposed Arizona gas plant expansion; Rose Law Group Co-founder Court Rich quoted in Utility Dive
(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents the Sierra Club.) By Robert Walton | Utility Drive Dive Insight: SRP’s Coolidge plant is located within the city of Coolidge, Arizona, but residents of the nearby historically black community of Randolph live closest to the facility and would be most impacted. And those residents say there has been scant contact from the utility and
(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents the Sierra Club.) “If one of the traditional companies you regulate-APS or TEP were here with this same proposal right now and had not even put in an RFP (request for proposal), you would laugh them out of here. And rightly so,” Sierra Club attorney Court Rich said to Commissioners. READ THE ABC15 STORY HERE.
Rose Law Group Co-founder Court Rich talks to KJZZ about the broad coalition behind Arizona energy choice and competition
Rose Law Group Co-founder, Court Rich, spoke to Mark Brodie on KJZZ’s “The Show” about energy choice and competition and the broad coalition that has emerged to fight against monopoly utility attempts to rewrite the law to forever lock in their monopolies. Libertarians and conservatives have joined forces with environmentalists and clean energy advocates to protect Arizonan’s right to choose who they use for their electric provider. Hear Court talk about the merits of keeping the current laws in place while describing
An electric company wants to compete for Arizona customers; lawmakers could make it illegal. Rose Law Group Co-founder Court Rich explains why the ‘bills stink.’
(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Green Mountain Energy.) By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic A bill that would protect electric companies such as Arizona Public Service Co. and Salt River Project from competition is moving through Legislature. If it becomes law, the proposal would kill off a threat that has hung over the electric companies for more than 20 years.
Want to quit APS? Legislators are backing a plan to make sure that can never happen; ‘Something for everyone to hate,’ says Court Rich, Rose Law Group co-founder
(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Green Mountain Energy, a company looking to provide energy choice and 100% renewable energy options to Arizona consumers.) By Laurie Roberts | Arizona Republic In August, a Texas company applied to the Arizona Corporation Commission for permission to compete with Arizona Public Service and Tucson Electric Power, giving us captive customers a choice in who
Appeals court decision opens door to sue public power utilities for rooftop solar fees; Court Rich, Rose Law Group co-founder and renewable energy department director, talks about the ruling in Utility Dive
By Emma Penrod | Utility Dive Dive Brief: Arizona’s Salt River Project (SRP) may be liable for antitrust violations customers say occurred when it raised electrical rates for customers with rooftop solar panels, according to a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued on Monday. According to the ruling, because the public power utility sets its own electric rates, it does not