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Alternative/Renewable Energy

Energy users of all sizes are increasingly interested in reducing or even eliminating their carbon footprint, which has spurred the development of alternative and renewable energy projects across the United States and internationally.

Energy resources such as solar, wind, and energy storage are the fastest growing sources of energy in the United States due to improvements in technology, declining costs, and decisions of policymakers. Our team employs a cross-disciplinary, integrated approach, ensuring that our clients have access to the resources of our full-service law firm’s capabilities to assist before, during, and after a transaction or development project.

We provide legal and project advisory services nationwide and internationally to developers, investors, lenders, manufacturers, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, energy project owners, and landowners involved in alternative, renewable, and sustainable energy projects and transactions. We have an in-depth understanding of the legal and regulatory concerns that arise in all phases of renewable energy project development and transactions and provide sophisticated counsel to our clients to help them achieve their goals.

Federal, state, and local government support for renewable and other alternative energy projects is increasing, as demonstrated by Congressional focus on renewable energy and infrastructure legislation, state implementation of renewable portfolio standards, net metering programs, fuel standards, energy incentives, and tax credits. Our Energy team actively monitors these developments and frequently represents our clients’ interests in the development of the laws, regulations, and economic incentives and mechanisms that impact the success of renewable energy projects.

Our Energy team has broad experience working on a variety of renewable and alternative energy projects, including:

  • Wind energy
  • Solar energy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Hydropower/tidal energy
  • Biomass/agricultural energy
  • Fuel cell/hydrogen energy
  • Biodiesel/renewable fuels
  • Energy storage

Our team provides a seamless “bow to stern” approach for renewable generation project development matters that comprehensively addresses all aspects of the project, including in the following areas of interest:

  • Due diligence
  • Holding company, separate US and international entity, JV, and other corporate structure options
  • Land acquisition and water rights
  • Environmental and site permitting
  • Financing and tax implications
  • Power licensing
  • Social and cultural aspects including consultation, community engagement, and similar strategies
  • Engineering Procurement and Construction and Operation & Maintenance arrangements
  • Interconnection process
  • Offtake strategy/Power Purchase Agreements
  • EPC contracting
  • Equipment importation/trade issues
  • Asset acquisition and sale
  • Outreach strategies

Our Energy practice is an industry leader advising clients on the complex world of Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs), with attorneys that have been both internal and external counsel to several RTOs and ISOs in the United States.