Bryan Cave represents wind-powered companies in a broad variety of areas. We regularly advise on all aspects of wind energy related project development, including structured financing and operations. We have one of the nation’s leading practices involving the structuring and restructuring of projects to monetize federal and state tax credits and renewable energy credits. In addition, our lawyers are at the forefront of the evolution of U.S. energy policy and regulations.

Our representative clients and experience in the area of wind-powered projects include representation of:

  • A large international renewable project development company in connection with the development of a 200 MW wind project located in Minnesota, including project financing for the project, FERC filings and approvals for exempt wholesale generator status, market based rates and Section 203 approval of the sale of the project, the negotiation of agreements with a utility for the construction of the project by the developer, and, following substantial completion, sale of the project company to the utility.
  • A large public pipeline company in connection with the purchase of a 250 MW wind project located in Colorado from the developer, structured as the purchase of the project company following substantial completion of the project, with an EPC contract with an affiliated of the developer, and representation in connection with post-purchase construction and operational matters.
  • A large U.S. utility in connection with the purchase by one of its regulated affiliates of a 150 MW wind project in Ohio from the developer structured as the purchase of the project company from the developer upon substantial completion of the project, with the developer coordinating third party construction contractors, and an O&M agreement with the developer, including review of the material project documents, real property matters and land use approvals, and regulatory approvals.
  • One of the largest U.S. utilities in connection with a $1.5 billion development of wind power generation facilities to be located in Mexico, for export to the United States market.
  • A large international renewable project development company in connection with the development of a 150 MW wind project located in North Dakota, including project financing for the project, FERC filings and approvals for exempt wholesale generator status, market based rates and Section 203 approval of the sale of the project, the negotiation of agreements with a utility for the construction of the project by the developer, and, following substantial completion, sale of the project company to the utility.
  • One of the largest U.S. utilities in an investment-bank managed solicitation to sell all of its equity interests in two 150 MW wind power projects in Texas (within ERCOT) held by wholly owned by separate limited partnerships.
  • One of the largest U.S. utilities in a transaction to enter into a contract, prior to the start of construction, to purchase the wind project company upon completion of construction of its 150 MW wind project in the Midwest, subject to satisfaction of acceptance tests and other conditions and contract with the developer to operate the project post-closing.
  • A large U.S. utility in connection with the purchase by one of its regulated affiliates of a 50 MW wind project in West Virginia from the developer structured as the purchase of the project company from the developer upon substantial completion of the project, with the developer coordinating third party construction contractors, and an O&M agreement with the developer, including review of the material project documents, real property matters and land use approvals, and regulatory approvals.
  • A large U.S. utility in connection with an RFP process to solicit proposals for a build-transfer arrangement with the utility purchasing the project at substantial completion.
  • A large U.S. utility in connection with an RFP process to solicit proposals for wind projects with a build-transfer arrangement with the utility purchasing the project at substantial completion
  • A large international renewable project development company in connection with the sale to a large pipeline company of a 110 MW wind project located in Texas, structured as a purchase of the project company following substantial completion of the project and an EPC contract with an affiliate of the developer.
  • One of the largest U.S. utilities in a transaction to enter into a contract, prior to the start of construction, to purchase the wind project company upon completion of construction of its 50 MW wind project in the Central Atlantic region, subject to satisfaction of acceptance tests and other conditions and contract with the developer to operate the project post-closing.
  • A large independent wind and transmission developer in connection with various aspects of its wind project in Wyoming, including wind leases with State of Wyoming and fee owners, negotiation of global surface and mineral development agreement with owner of mineral rights and railroad easement, review of rights of third party rights of way, and gravel quarry development for project.
  • A Spanish infrastructure and energy developer, regarding NEPA and real estate issues associated with development and construction of California wind farm and in connection with regulatory work relating to FAA regulations impacting wind farm construction and operation.
  • A major institutional investor in connection with reviewing and negotiating its tax equity participation in a 48 MW wind project in Illinois and a 41 MW wind project in Oregon.
    The lender as Colorado counsel in a 60 MW wind project in northeast Colorado, including reviewing all site leasing and royalty arrangements, negotiating and reviewing title policy terms, siting, zoning and land use approvals, environmental and other permitting issues, state regulatory issues and approvals, power sale arrangements, and other financing and security issues.
  • A major institutional investor in connection with its review of the following projects for its potential participation:
  • 318 MW portfolio of four wind projects in New York developed by a major wind development company.
  • 75 MW wind project in Oklahoma developed by a major international wind development company.
  • 27 MW wind project in Tennessee developed by a major wind development company.
  •    30 MW wind project in Kansas developed by a G&T coop and a major wind development company.
  • The lender as Colorado and Wyoming counsel in a financing secured by multiple wind projects in Colorado and Wyoming including reviewing all financing and security issues.
  • A large foreign utility in connection with its due diligence review of multiple Colorado wind projects owned by U.S. wind development companies being acquired by such foreign utility.
  • A major institutional investor in connection with its review for its potential participation as the tax equity investor through co-investment with a major investment bank in a 400 MW portfolio of three wind projects in Texas and Hawaii.
  • A major wind development company in connection with its wind leasing program and land use approvals in Yuma County, Colorado.
  • A closely held wind development company in connection with its wind leasing negotiations with landowners in Wyoming.
  • Represented a U.S. wind project developer in connection with Dodd-Frank and EMIR analysis related to power purchase agreements and derivatives and interest rate swaps and caps.
  • A wind project developer on real estate acquisition and permitting and other counseling in connection with wind projects in Missouri.
  • An international wind project development and construction, in connection with real estate title review related to a wind farm project in Woodford County, Illinois.
  • A U.S. public entity in assessing the feasibility of developing wind and/or solar power generating facilities on public park land, including installation of solar panel arrays and/or wind turbines and related equipment and facilities.
  • A private equity sponsor in connection with the acquisition of a wind turbine technology company.
  • A wind turbine manufacturer in connection with a wind turbine retro-fit project.