Powering the new energy economy
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is at the forefront of representing companies in the clean technology sector. Our practice group combines decades of traditional energy sector experience with substantial knowledge of the increasingly complex business, financial and regulatory environment facing renewable energy companies.
We bring a wealth of experience to every aspect of clean technology projects, from project development and securing financing from the private sector and the federal and state governments, to protecting intellectual property and obtaining all necessary permits and agreements for a project to promptly proceed. Our seasoned energy lawyers represent clients in every sector of clean technology, including developers, manufacturers and investors in solar, wind, geothermal and advanced biofuel projects.
Using a collaborative team approach, our group helps clients develop strategies that address governmental agency requirements while also focusing on each company’s overall business plan. For years, we have been closely involved with legislatures and government agencies on matters relating to biofuels, alternative energy and new energy technology. Whether working with agency regulators or enabling access to the highest levels of government, one of our most important functions is helping our clients make the connections necessary to ensure the success of a project.
Our group includes lawyers and legislative consultants with impressive backgrounds in alternative energy technologies and project financing. The group's attorneys and consultants have decades of combined experience in concept development, site assessment, real estate, land use, project finance, construction, permitting, transmission and other issues related to renewable energy projects. The group members include:
- The former Chief Counsel with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office in Golden, Colorado, responsible for overseeing the operations of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and program implementation for DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
- A former Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.
- A former Deputy Director of Policy and Planning for the U.S. Minerals Management Service.
- A former Commissioner on the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission.
- A former Senior Trial Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Project Development Counsel. Our group works with clients at all stages of project development. We negotiate for the sale of power or fuel, help to clear regulatory and administrative hurdles, facilitate both public and private partnering opportunities, advocate with the relevant government bodies and handle legal details related to real estate transactions, development, engineering and construction, tax and public finance.
Policy Advisement and Lobbying. Our group includes seasoned policy advisors and legislative consultants with a long history of successful interactions with state and local governments. We help energy companies craft energy policies, public messages and lobbying approaches.
Renewable Energy Finance. The group assists alternative energy clients to secure project funding from private equity markets, federal and state loans, loan guarantees and grants. We advise clients with regard to industrial bonds, tax issues and financing incentives. We are also active in helping developers obtain financing opportunities under the increased federal funding levels for clean technology projects.
Renewable Energy Permitting. Our attorneys negotiate federal and state permitting requirements and provide general permitting assistance related to the development and implementation of energy projects.
Dispute Resolution. The group handles dispute resolution proceedings on behalf of utilities with respect to power purchase agreements. Our attorneys can also litigate challenges to project developments and other initiatives on behalf of renewable energy producers.