Energy & Sustainability

The energy and sustainability markets are evolving, bringing new challenges and opportunities for companies involved in domestic and international energy matters. A number of factors are at play: businesses are striving to make smart energy choices; new energy technologies are emerging and existing energy companies are reworking their portfolios. Meanwhile, the local, state and federal governments are developing legislation to encourage the production and efficient use of cleaner and more varied energy products.

Dickinson Wright has been at the forefront of these issues, and has represented clients involved in oil and gas production, electrical generation, wind turbines, biofuels production, coal gasification, electrical transmission and distribution, sustainability policy development and implementation, green construction and emissions trading. Our cross-disciplinary team comprised of attorneys from our energy, environmental, municipal finance, real estate, corporate, construction and intellectual property practice groups provides our clients with an unmatched depth and breadth of experience and insight into relevant issues.

Among the energy & sustainability practice’s areas of expertise are:
  • Developing energy, alternative energy and wind farm projects, including: project planning, ordinances of zoning approvals, land and property rights acquisition, easements, leases, right of way work, financing, crossing agreements, regulatory permitting, power purchase agreements, surface use agreements, balance of plant agreements, supply agreements, environmental and wetlands review.
  • Energy regulation, public utility and rate issues; regulatory and environmental compliance.
  • Green building, leasing and design initiatives, including: LEED friendly design, construction contracts and leases, the implementation of green purchasing programs and the emerging carbon trading market.
  • Contracts, including drafting and negotiating oil and gas leases and contracts and power supply and transmission contracts.