Renewable Energy

Morrison & Foerster has decades of experience representing a broad range of interests in the renewable energy, conventional energy, and energy efficiency and intelligence industries. Our team of energy and clean technology experts serves a broad range of investors, lenders, trade groups, governmental entities, entrepreneurs, and emerging and established companies actively pursuing renewable energy projects, including solar, biofuels, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, ocean (wave and tidal energy), and waste-to-energy technologies. We help clients site plants and work with local, state and national regulatory agencies to obtain the appropriate permits and environmental review for facilities. We advise clients on the regulatory environment in which their plants will compete, including renewable portfolio standards, resource adequacy requirements, procurement plans, and emissions performance standards.

Our corporate lawyers team with our energy and finance attorneys to provide expert transactional counsel in the financing and structuring of U.S. and international renewable energy projects, including the negotiation of underlying power purchase agreements, construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, thermal host agreements, natural gas and other fuel supply agreements, wind leases and easements, and construction and permanent financing documents.

For our international clients, including governments and agencies, we provide assistance on regulatory and transactional energy matters, including the relationships between independent power producers and marketers, the functioning of a competitive market to generate electric power, and the deregulation of and new regulatory framework for natural gas markets.

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