Clean Energy, Climate Change & Sustainability
The concept of “climate change” captures what is expected to be the defining environmental issue of the 21st century. Characterized by complex and evolving science, the concept defies simple explanation. Yet measures to address issues connected with climate change — such as the best way to generate “clean energy,” or to promote “green” or “sustainable” business practices — are likely to affect how decisions are made by individuals, business concerns and governments for decades to come. Many of these decisions will require experienced and insightful legal advice to protect client interests and to ensure compliance with a complex and evolving set of laws, regulations and related business considerations.
The delivery of effective legal advice on climate change and sustainability issues requires a multidisciplinary approach. Quarles & Brady draws on a team of attorneys from its environmental, real estate, corporate, utility, finance, intellectual property and litigation practices with the technical, financial and legal expertise necessary to address clean energy and climate change considerations relevant to each client.
One way to address the broad concept is to break it down into parts as follows:
Clean Energy Infrastructure
In addition to the siting and development of renewable and lower-emitting generation sources, our attorneys have assisted utility clients and transmission companies with the extensive planning required to repair, replace and expand infrastructure supporting the generation and delivery of energy from these sources.
A significant focus in the initiative to combat climate change is the growing interest in the development of alternative and renewable sources of energy. Quarles & Brady has significant experience in this new and creative wave of energy generation.
Solar projects require experienced and insightful legal advice to protect a company’s interests and to ensure compliance with a complex and evolving set of laws, regulations and related business considerations. Quarles & Brady has the ability to guide a solar project from concept to completion or to work on individual components.
Sustainability, Green Practices and General Business Solutions
More and more, climate change considerations factor into business transactions. The ongoing discussion of activities contributing to global warming and climate change has resulted in a growing interest in “sustainability” in general.
Utilities and Greenhouse Gas Regulation
We have considerable experience in carbon regulation, in both the utility and industrial sector.
Our significant experience in each of these areas enables us to provide timely and effective legal advice in virtually all aspects of this evolving field, both individually and taken together in some combination unique to client interests and demands.
With broad and multidisciplinary experience, our clean energy attorneys are uniquely suited to assist our clients in resolving issues associated with clean energy, climate change and sustainability. Whether you have a discrete question or a major project requiring creative and comprehensive legal and business advice, Quarles & Brady is ready to partner with you on the critical issues arising under the broad concept of climate change.
For more information on how Quarles & Brady, a climate change law firm, can help you address issues related to Clean Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability, please contact Christopher J. Townsend at (312) 715-5255 /
, Cynthia A. Faur at (312) 715-5228 /
, Ave M. Bie at (608) 283-2441 /
, Peter A. Tomasi at (414) 277-5677 /
or your local Quarles & Brady attorney.