Goodwin Procter has a comprehensive Energy Practice, offering clients significant expertise with the transactional, regulatory and legislative aspects of power generation. We provide comprehensive legal services for national and international companies acquiring, expanding, developing or operating power-generation projects.
We assist clients with development-related siting and permitting of energy-generating and energy-distribution facilities, such as power plants and natural-gas pipelines; negotiation of energy-related services, such as energy infrastructure agreements for new development projects; acquisition-related activities for power plants, with particular expertise in the nuclear industry; and ongoing advice on critical operational issues, including air, cooling-water intake and related concerns.
Our energy attorneys work in conjunction with the attorneys in our Environmental Practice to offer services including:
- Due diligence
- Deal structuring
- Drafting and negotiating documents for acquisition, financing and contracts
- Negotiating power purchase and power sale agreements
- Applications and advocacy for permits and licenses
- General real estate, corporate and compliance counseling for operational projects
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We also have specific expertise in the electric power industry. For over 20 years Goodwin Procter attorneys have represented and advised public power utilities as well as industrial and commercial end-use customers in connection with a wide range of electric energy issues. We have participated on behalf of our clients in numerous ratemaking, rulemaking, and utility merger proceedings before both state public utility commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The firm’s clients have been in the front lines of electric industry restructuring, and our attorneys have been active in legislative and regulatory proceedings addressing the creation of competitive electric markets and open transmission access and in stakeholder and regulatory processes leading to the creation of Regional Transmission Organizations mandated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.