Offshore wind is poised to become an energy source in the United States, requiring a wide range of industries to support its launch. Clark Hill is well positioned to assist in many key issues necessary for offshore wind to become successful, from project developers, to construction and shipping companies, and others.
Beyond guiding clients on developing and constructing offshore wind projects, Clark Hill attorneys possess extensive experience in industries that confront many of the same legal challenges, including offshore oil and gas, construction, shipping and transportation logistics, and customs.
Interconnection, Transmission and Electricity Markets: Our energy regulatory and transactional attorneys regularly assist renewable energy developers in the early-stage process of obtaining interconnection rights, understanding complex wholesale energy market rules (e.g., ISOs and RTOs), and other energy regulatory issues.
Service Agreements for Offshore Energy Projects: Our attorneys have extensive experience drafting and negotiating master service agreements and other contract documents covering a wide range of issues in the development and service of offshore oil and gas exploration and production. These projects raise many of the same issues raised in the construction of offshore wind projects for which we have been engaged to provide contract documents.
Admiralty and Maritime Law: Our attorneys regularly represent clients on shipping and marine construction issues involving admiralty and maritime law. From transactional assistance to litigation, we regularly engage with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and similar governmental agencies on matters relating to offshore projects and activities.
Customs and International Trade: Clark Hill has a leading practice in International Trade. Our attorneys frequently work with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and other similar agencies on matters related to offshore projects and activities.
Construction: Ranked by Construction Executive for its construction practice, Clark Hill has extensive experience representing many players in the construction industry. This includes drafting and negotiating key agreements, such as engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts and engineering consulting agreements. Attorneys in Clark Hill’s construction practice also represent parties in related litigation.
Immigration: Offshore wind development will require developers to bring in experienced labor from outside the United States. Members of Clark Hill’s immigration practice have extensive experience helping companies obtain work visas to keep such projects running smoothly.
Intellectual Property: Innovations in offshore wind technology comprise protectable intellectual property (IP) assets. Our highly experienced IP practice has obtained patents for offshore wind energy installations, control mechanisms, and mast repair technology. Clark Hill’s attorneys will help clients acquire and enforce their IP.
Environmental Permitting: Our environmental attorneys regularly address issues involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and assisting with state and local permitting. Clark Hill environmental attorneys are licensed to practice in several key states for offshore wind development, including California, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Texas.
Ireland and the European Union: Attorneys in our Dublin office can handle a wide range of issues in support of offshore wind development in Ireland and across Europe.