Gordon Grimes is a Managing Director and co-Founder of Stratex Energy, LLC.
He has spent more than two and a half decades representing the interests
of electrical generators and those involved in the renewable energy industry as a lawyer
at Bernstein Shur. He continues that practice as the leader of the firm’s Energy and
Environmental Practice Group while also serving as a Managing Director of Stratex Energy.
Grimes conceived of the idea of an innovative consulting firm attached to his law firm after
realizing that clients often failed to utilize the talents of their counsel in problem solving.
Clients called on their lawyers after problems arose rather than using them in the initial
project design and planning stage.
Gordon graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College and won a
Keasbey Memorial Scholarship in his senior year. That sent him to Trinity College,
Cambridge University where in two years he earned an English law degree with honors.
He returned to the US to attend Boston University School of law where he graduated cum laude.
He joined Bernstein Shur in 1975 and had a varied corporate and litigation practice until the
early 80’s when he begin to focus on renewable energy clients. One of his first cases involved
the setting of avoided cost rates under PURPA. His success led to representation of developers,
and their banks and contractors who built multiple waste to energy, biomass and hydroelectric
plants in Maine, attracted by the generous rates which had been set by the Public Utilities Commission.
He then spent a decade as lead counsel on a number of power projects, including winning one of
the longest AAA arbitrations ever involving a power plant (over 100 hearing days).
In 1995 he expanded his practice to the international level.
For the last 13 years he has represented a wide array of clients whose power plants
suffered equipment damage. Working to recover on warranties or insurance policies
Grimes has spent considerable time in such places as Indonesia, Brazil, and the
Dominican Republic handing cases involving such issues as a steam turbine inlet valve failure,
generator thermal sensitivity, combustion turbine blade failures and boiler slagging problems.
He led a team which successfully managed the start up crisis at the Dabhol energy plant
in India when, during initial start up, both combustion turbines suffered compressor
blade failures within four months of the guaranteed delivery date under the project’s PPA.
He has negotiated a large number of long term parts and service contracts,
power purchase agreements, and fuel supply contracts for clients here and abroad.
Gordon brings a unique understanding of the legal and engineering aspects of
renewable energy to Stratex. He draws upon his knowledge of what led to many of
the failures he was brought in to manage as a lawyer, to now advise clients as a consultant
on what it takes to own and operate a successful renewable energy project.
Stratex Energy provides him with a vehicle to get involved with projects at the beginning,
when mistakes can be avoided. It also is the perfect platform to provide clients with guidance
in solving their problems outside the “hourly rate” structure of his law firm.