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 As energy and sustainability markets continue to evolve and new energy technologies become more mature, companies face new opportunities as well as new challenges in developing and procuring energy resources domestically and internationally. Our Energy and Sustainability practice provides the practical advice necessary to enable our clients to keep pace with new developments and adapt to an ever-changing legal and regulatory environment.

 

We work hand-in-hand with our business clients as they strive to make smart energy choices, and we support our energy supplier clients in their continued development of new and better technologies. Our team regularly represents large and small organizations handling a wide range of international and domestic energy matters. We also work closely with clients to develop and maintain a responsible position towards traditional, alternative, and renewable energy.

 

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.

 

Our Team

 

Our energy and sustainability team includes attorneys from closely related disciplines including energy, environmental, utility regulation and markets, public finance, real estate, 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.

 

Our Services

 

Electric

  • Advocating for public policies favorable to advanced energy technologies

  • Negotiating and enforcing power supply and transmission contracts

  • Representing clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state public utilities commissions regarding approval, rate design, and deregulation issues

  • Advising on development of distributed generation facilities, wind, solar, cogeneration, and other alternative energy production facilities and publicly owned electric generation and distribution facilities

  • Counseling equity funds in diligence matters related to facility acquisitions including largest U.S. cogeneration facility

  • Counseling utilities in siting and land use approval for major cogeneration facility

Alternative and Renewable Energy

  • Obtaining state siting certificates and environmental permits for utility-scale solar and wind projects

  • Handling utility regulation and litigation matters regarding rates, regulations, and tariffs for renewable and distributed energy resources

  • Green Construction

  • Biofuels and biomass production

  • Emissions trading

  • Renewable energy credit financing

  • Sustainability policy development and implementation

Oil and Gas

  • Representing various mineral owners, energy producers, and transporters

  • Drafting and negotiating oil and gas leases and contracts

  • Handling civil and administrative litigation before state and federal courts and agencies

  • Advising on development and assisting with financing of energy production facilities

  • Negotiating agreements regarding production, purchase, and sale of oil and natural gas reserves

Mining

  • Obtaining and defending land and mining rights
  • Obtaining and maintaining mining leases
  • Land preservation and endangered species
  • Hard rock mining
  • Mining safety and regulatory compliance
  • Conducting due diligence investigations
  • Mineral title examination

Water Resources

  • Representing utilities in acquiring and managing water resources

  • Handling water rights regulation and litigation

 

Representative Matters

 

Lead attorney in electric and gas utility rate cases and subsequent state court appeals in Ohio.

 

Counsel regarding state policy and regulation affecting major clean energy developers and energy efficiency companies.

 

Lead attorney in trial in Federal District Court in case involving competing possessory mining claims.

 

Co-lead attorney in successfully opposing a transfer of an on-river Colorado River water entitlement.

 

Counsel to various parties in the oil and gas, mining, and electricity industries regarding production, generation, transmission, storage, deregulation, contract, lease, purchase, sales, and litigation matters.

 

Counsel to various mineral owners and producers in negotiating and enforcing oil and gas leases and related agreements.

 

Counsel to several international gas producers and utilities in civil litigation pertaining to the effect of changes in U.S. regulation on long-term gas sales contracts.

 

Bond counsel to various municipal electric utilities and independent power producers; financed large electric generating stations, transmission, and associated facilities.

 

Counsel to cogeneration clients in one of the largest consolidated cases before the Michigan Public Service Commission.

 

Counsel for land use permits for land-fill gas cogeneration facility inclusive of environmental impact assessments, evaluation of alternatives, and mitigation plans.

 

Lead attorney in water supply acquisition for six different utility scale solar projects located in Nevada and Arizona.

 

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