Our team advances company energy services management, whether you’re buying energy directly, negotiating with your incumbent utility on a power purchase agreement, intervening in a utility rate case (whether on your own or as part of an industry association), investing in on-site generation and cogeneration projects, co-locating a renewable project on your property to serve your load, or purchasing green tags from a renewable project. A complex regulatory landscape dictates your strategy and varies by state. Our experience spans multifaceted, multiparty contested administrative proceedings to specific negotiations and everything in between.
We understand that market forces may support on-site generation to offset all or a portion of your energy needs. For that scenario, we provide the full range of legal counsel needed to permit, build, purchase and operate on-site generation, from small to utility-scale generating facilities. This includes negotiations with the utility, regulatory approvals, land leasing, project financing, siting and permitting, and interconnection to the grid. We review factors such as your particular industry, load, load factor and location and advise you on the regulatory scheme applicable to your facility in order to achieve your objectives.
We recognize that corporations are quickly becoming leading drivers of demand for wind power, and solar is catching up. Thanks to more favorable economics associated with renewable energy, corporate acquisition of utility-scale renewables is soaring along with corporations’ desire to control the characteristics and cost of their energy supplies. We have the depth of experience to help your organization explore and advance these opportunities.
- Special contract negotiations with utilities, including associated regulatory proceedings
- Intervention in state regulatory proceedings, such as rate cases, integrated resource plan proceedings and other contested matters
- Advice on state regulations regarding direct access and options to purchase power through an organized market
- Consultation on FERC rules of qualification and participation in organized markets
- Consultation on various legislative proposals
- Participation in stakeholder proceedings associated with FERC approvals
- Contracting with third parties for purchase of power and natural gas
- Project financing for greenfield renewable generation projects
- Negotiation of EPC contracts related to constructing renewable generation on the company site
- Negotiation and documentation of sale agreements to purchase the energy generation from the builder
- Negotiation and documentation of O&M agreements to operate a renewable facility
- Interconnection agreement with the utility
- Siting and permitting related to constructing the facility
- Negotiation of multi-state direct access agreements
- Negotiation regarding on-site back-up storage and bidding storage into the market
- Representation of ISOs in drafting tariff language for demand bid response rules