Energy

Energy Development & Transactions

Quarles & Brady represents unregulated energy developers, regulated public utilities, and investors in the purchase or sale, construction, permitting, ongoing maintenance, and decommissioning of natural gas, coal-fired, nuclear, and alternative energy power plants, including biomass, solar, wind-powered, and waste-to-energy facilities. Power generation projects require experienced and insightful legal advice to protect client interests and to ensure compliance with a complex and ever-evolving set of laws, regulations, and related business considerations. The delivery of effective legal advice for such projects benefits from a multidisciplinary approach. Quarles & Brady has the ability to guide energy projects through their entire life cycles—from concept to completion to decommissioning—and to assist with each of the individual components, such as regulatory approval, financing, intellectual property rights, commercial contracts, environmental permits, government relations, bankruptcy, and litigation.

Experience

We provide practical, real-world solutions that incorporate our clients’ business plans and goals with the requirements and opportunities imposed by energy legislation and policy. What’s more, we understand the complexities that may arise above and beyond immediate concerns. While we aim to resolve issues as quickly as possible, we always work with an eye toward the future, identifying future opportunities and mitigating potential future challenges. Our services include:

  • Reviewing, negotiating and documenting letters of intent, supply contracts, off-take agreements, asset management agreements, EPC contracts, leases and related industry documentation for operation of a project.
  • Advising lenders regarding regulatory risk and risk-mitigation strategies relating to alternative energy projects.
  • Performing regulatory due diligence for existing or planned power generation projects.
  • Assisting public bodies in applying for IRS Clean Renewable Energy Bond (“CREB”) credit allocations and serving as bond counsel for debt issuances to finance CREB-qualifying projects, including solar projects.
  • Performing due diligence evaluations for siting and permitting of energy facilities.
  • Providing advice regarding financing and tax considerations.