Whether you are a natural resources developer, renewable energy developer, existing power producer, traditional utility, competing retail energy provider, energy technology company, service or equipment provider to the energy industry, or simply a consumer of energy, now more than ever you need experienced and expert counsel to help navigate the myriad of existing and new government regulations, issues and opportunities relating to energy policy. Bryan Cave offers such counsel, and far more comprehensive service to our clients.
Bryan Cave’s lawyers have a wide range of experience in regulatory matters involving energy and natural resources. We know how the regulatory agencies work because we have attorneys who have held senior positions in government agencies and understand how regulators promulgate and interpret regulations. Firm lawyers include a former Chairman of the New York State Public Service Commission and of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners ad hoc Committee on the first National Energy Act, as well numerous alumni of the EPA, the SEC, FTC and other federal regulatory agencies. We also have lawyers with prior experience as licensed engineers and contractors within the energy industry, who bring unique knowledge and perspective to legal counseling on energy project design, development and construction.
Examples of the types of services and advice that Bryan Cave’s regulation of energy and natural resources lawyers can provide include:
- FERC regulation of wholesale electric energy markets.
- Land use regulation necessary to accommodate solar and wind energy facilities.
- Licensing, and FCC as well as FERC regulation affecting development of “smart grid” technologies.
- Counseling Clients regarding existing and anticipated future carbon emission regulatory policies.
- Demand response and energy efficiency incentive regulatory policy.
- Operation and permitting of cogeneration systems.
- Environmental regulation, permitting and compliance applicable to energy projects.
- Electric and natural gas utility rate proceedings.
- Regulated tariff interpretation and enforcement.
- FERC regulation of mergers and acquisitions of companies with jurisdictional energy assets.
- FERC regulations applicable to oil pipelines.
- Project siting and public land (including federal, state and Indian (tribal and allotted)) land use.
- State oil and gas commission regulation.
- Environmental regulation (including NEPA and clean air).