Tavo True-Alcalá is an energy and environmental analyst in the firm's Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group (EE+T). He assists attorneys in a variety of areas, including energy, environmental, health and safety, and land use standards. Much of his work centers on helping clients stay up to date on regulatory developments in the energy industry, but he also frequently provides support with environmental compliance and due diligence matters.
Tavo provides in-depth research and analysis for a diverse range of EE+T clients. He helped a client in the mining industry understand complex asbestos regulations applicable to its facility and identified possible compliance strategies. For a client developing a new power plant in Connecticut, he researched tax agreements and reviewed permitting procedures. He researched local environmental and water quality regulations for a client interested in the development of water resources in upstate New York. His careful analysis of municipal land use regulations also helped a client prevail in a complex dispute with the local Zoning Board, allowing the client to complete its development project. He also draws on his science background to review data from Environmental Site Assessments and other due diligence documents.
Tavo writes for the firm’s blogs, covering significant OSHA updates in the Manufacturing Law Blog, and highlighting several intriguing cases under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act in firm’s RLUIPA Defense blog. He also has written articles featured in industry and legal publications, addressing the complexities of competing ballast water regulatory regimes in the shipping industry and discussing ongoing developments in the interpretation of key Clean Water Act provisions.
Tavo received a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, with a double major in earth and environmental science and environmental studies. Beyond his major, he devoted a semester to studying climate change science and sustainability in Europe. In addition to his experience at Robinson+Cole, Tavo has experience working in the renewable energy sector in multiple capacities, including conducting market research, supporting energy offtake agreements, and project development.