Renewable Energy

Energy, Environment and Natural Resources: Natural Resources

Key Contacts

Experience

  • Advising some of the nation's largest wind and solar energy companies on the successful permitting and deployment of more than 5,000 megawatts of wind and solar utility-scale projects.
  • Advised a major utility on a variety of complex environmental regulatory issues, including the development of a company-wide strategy for compliance with avian protection laws; assessed regulatory and environmental risk; developed a federal agency strategy in connection with the possible acquisition and permitting of a wind energy generation facility that would enable the utility to meet its renewable energy target; and interfaced with federal regulators.
  • Assisted a wholesale electricity supplier with the development of a 250-megawatt onshore wind energy project, including advising on numerous permitting issues essential to obtaining the required project financing.
  • Assisted a solar electricity company in negotiating the sale of 24 megawatts of operating solar generation projects to an acquisition fund, and negotiated a deal-sourcing agreement under which the company would develop and potentially sell future projects to the fund over the next several years.
  • Advised a solar energy company and several affiliates in a variety of financing transactions related to the purchase of solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) from solar generation projects, and established SREC purchase funds.
  • Represented an energy facility and micro-grid in the potential development of co-generation facilities, including fuel supply and plant distribution systems and related utility matters.
  • Represented solar project developers, host customers and project financiers on regulatory, project development and project finance issues related to the proposed development of more than 100 megawatts of solar generation projects in New England.
  • Advised a large offshore wind generation developer on commercial, tax, real estate and regulatory matters stemming from the proposed development of a 400–800 megawatt offshore wind generation project in the United States, including drafting a joint venture agreement with an energy company, clarifying the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's regulations related to phased development, and responding to a solicitation for a power purchase agreement by electric distribution companies.
  • Advised an energy developer regarding purchase and sale agreements, including on a financing and potential equity sale to an investor-owned utility; issues associated with landowner agreements; the permitting of a 600-megawatt wind energy project in the mountain west region of the United States; state and local permitting requirements for large-scale wind energy facilities; and public hearings and meetings with public officials.
  • Assisted a Chicago-based solar project developer in the permitting, development, financing, construction and sale of more than 50 megawatts of solar generation projects in the United States, as well as the potential development of solar generation projects in northern Africa, Mexico, the Middle East and Pakistan.
  • Advising a solar power integrator on the nationwide rollout of its residential solar program in relation to the development and launch of its residential program, including energy, real estate, tax, and consumer and corporate requirements and implications.
  • Helping a renewable energy producer navigate the environmental review of its plan to construct a generation interconnection tie and ensure consistency with land use plans and agency regulations, as well as aiding in mitigation negotiations with managing agencies regarding a generation interconnection tie crossing through a sensitive desert ecosystem and adjacent to a major national park.
  • Advising Native American tribes in the exploration and development of renewable energy resources on and off tribal lands, including identifying and leveraging available federal assistance and private partnerships.
  • Assisting a national renewable energy developer on all aspects associated with the permitting, development, financing, construction and sale of utility-scale solar generation facilities located on Superfund and state-listed brownfield sites in the United States, including the first and largest solar project to be developed on a Superfund site in the northeastern United States, which received a development achievement award from the EPA.

Renewable Energy