Energy & Sustainability

Energy and sustainability markets across the globe are evolving, bringing new challenges and opportunities for companies based in the United States and Canada, as well as for others looking to expand into North America. As other firms seek to gain a presence, Dickinson Wright continues to work at the forefront of this ever-changing area, representing a variety of entities from around the world.

We work alongside our business clients as they strive to make smart energy choices, and we support our energy producer and supplier clients in their continued development of newer and better energy technologies. And as state and federal governments enact legislation to encourage movement toward the use of cleaner and more varied energy products, our team provides the practical advice necessary to allow our clients to keep pace with change while remaining compliant with all applicable laws.

The Power Behind Our Energy Team

Our energy and sustainability practice includes attorneys from closely related disciplines including energy, environmental, municipal finance, real estate, regulatory, corporate, construction, and intellectual property. Together, these professionals offer an unmatched depth and breadth of experience and a collective insight into the real-life issues that our clients face.

We bring subject matter expertise and practical skills to a range of areas:

• Biofuels and biomass production
• Coal gasification
• Cogeneration
• Electrical generation, transmission, and distribution
• Emissions trading
• Energy development and diligence
• Energy efficiency
• Energy financing and diligence
• Exploration, extraction, processing, development, and purchase and sale of various minerals
• Green construction
• Oil and gas exploration, production, processing, development, storage, transportation, sale and distribution
• Renewable energy credit financing
• Solar and wind power
• Sustainability policy

A Diverse Mix of Clients and Interests

The clients we proudly represent include owners and developers, producers, processors, transporters, suppliers, lenders, municipalities, school districts, First Nations peoples, and consumers needing counsel on a variety of matters:

• Easements and rights of way
• Energy siting, exploration, production, supply, purchase and sale, distribution, storage and transmission
• Energy project planning, crossings, and diligence
• Environmental regulatory compliance
• Facilities operations and management
• Feed-in tariffs (Canada)
• Government relations
• Infrastructure
• Intellectual property protection
• LEED-friendly design and certification
• Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures
• Oil and gas leases and contracts
• Permitting, approvals, and reporting
• Power purchase agreements
• Procurement
• Project and equipment finance
• Renewable energy and cleantech finance
• Property acquisitions and divestitures
• Public utility and rate issues
• Wetlands reviews
• Zoning and land use

From startups to major industry players, our clients rely on us to provide comprehensive legal services to address all of their challenges and goals. On any given day, our attorneys are visiting development sites and energy facilities, attending board meetings, advocating in administrative proceedings at all levels of government, and when necessary, appearing before state, provincial, and federal courts to protect our clients’ interests.