Our robust Renewable Energy Practice, established over two decades ago, is at the forefront of the industry, providing comprehensive legal support for clients involved in energy projects across the United States and over 20 countries worldwide.

Our firm's national presence offers clients more than 70 dedicated attorneys serving the energy sector. This team, one of the largest and most distinguished in the U.S., has a wealth of experience and knowledge in creating agreements, developing financing strategies, structuring deals, and offering counsel on tax matters. We routinely engage with other leading law firms in complex transactions and negotiations related to renewable energy projects.

Clients value our expertise, which ranges from strategic business planning, financing, environmental compliance, site permitting, mergers, acquisitions, and power purchase agreements. Stoel Rives has been instrumental in securing financing for renewable energy projects that total billions in investment, generating tens of gigawatts of renewable energy nationwide. 

Prestigious ranking bodies such as Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and Best Lawyers® have consistently recognized Stoel Rives for our excellence in renewable and alternative energy law practice. Many of our attorneys have been individually acclaimed as "Lawyers of the Year" in their respective markets and practice areas.

Renewable Energy Technologies

  • Wind: Recognized as a global leader in wind energy law, Stoel Rives has been intricately involved with the development of some of the largest wind energy sites in North America. Our reach extends beyond U.S. borders, servicing clients throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
  • Solar: In the solar power sector, we represent an extensive client base of developers, owners, operators, manufacturers, and contractors. We leverage our deep expertise in tax equity financing, renewable energy transactions, and project development.
  • Hydropower: Navigating the complex regulatory landscape of hydropower project licensing and relicensing is a cornerstone of our practice. We bring our wealth of experience to bear on all facets of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hydropower relicensing strategies and related federal and state proceedings.
  • Bioenergy: We are industry leaders in financing and developing biofuel production capacity. Our clients include trailblazers in ethanol and biodiesel production, biomass projects, and next-generation biofuels from innovative feedstocks.
  • Geothermal: Our work in geothermal energy includes landmark projects, such as the first-ever tax equity transaction to monetize Production Tax Credits (PTCs) generated by a geothermal project. We provide a full range of legal services for geothermal projects, from permitting and financing to power sales and operations.
  • Ocean Wind: As tidal and offshore wind energy become commercially viable, we offer counsel to developers, investors, utilities, and project owners. Our team's experience with pivotal government agencies adds unparalleled value to our services.
  • Distributed Generation: The evolution of energy production to a distributed sourcing paradigm is driving rapid industry change. We are active participants in the distributed generation marketplace, providing counsel on all aspects of financing, permitting, siting and construction, and the wide range of agreements and potential structures for delivering power to site hosts behind the meter.
  • Energy Storage: We work with energy storage developers on a wide variety of state and federal regulatory matters, including state regulatory proceedings in California, stakeholder proceedings for independent system operators and regional transmission organizations, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proceedings. We also assist in the negotiation and drafting of a series of industry agreements, financing documents, mergers and acquisitions, permitting, due diligence, and licensing issues.

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