Wind Energy

With global energy demand expected to spike by 35 percent by 2030, and governments looking to mitigate the effect of carbon-induced climate change through renewable portfolio standards and other means, wind energy stands poised to transform our nation's energy future. Today, the United States is already home to over 35,000 wind turbines generating over 40,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity, enough to power over 10 million American households. The best is likely yet to come, as the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) estimates that wind power will account for 20 percent of all electricity generated in the U.S. by 2030. The reason is simple: much of America's prime wind resource areas remain undeveloped, while few energy technologies can compete with wind in reducing our carbon emissions and earth impacts.
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The Stoel Rives wind practice has built an outstanding reputation for helping independent energy providers site and develop wind power projects. Our attorneys have participated in significant elements of wind projects involving nearly a quarter of the country's installed wind capacity, through 2010. This experience, together with our strategic depth, helps our clients manage their wind projects cost-effectively, while negotiating major obstacles such as avian passage, wildlife impacts and aesthetic objections.

Our team approach to wind projects enables us to offer the most appropriate services to our clients. Our attorneys understand every step of the process – site assessment, wind leasing, permitting, interconnection, transmission, power purchase agreements, construction and design, and finance. Additionally, we are able as needed to draw on our highly skilled network of related industry professionals. From cooperation with regulatory staff to communicating effectively with key government decision makers, one of our most important functions is helping our clients make the right human connections for their projects.

Wind Energy Services

  • Project Finance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Tax Equity Finance
  • Power Purchase Agreements
  • Energy Project Due Diligence
  • Wind Leases and Easements
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Title Insurance
  • Project Purchase and Sale
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Energy Facility Siting and Permitting
  • Construction and Design
  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Wind Turbine and Major Equipment Procurement
  • Use of BLM and Other Public Lands
  • Legislation & Rulemaking
  • Energy Regulation
  • Joint Development Agreements
  • Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration
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