Regulatory, Policy, and Governmental Affairs Practice Group

CLP attorneys represent renewable energy and cleantech clients before state utility commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), and many other government agencies and offices.  We have experience with rate cases, net metering and PURPA proceedings across the country. Our network of advisors can provide expert testimony on any subject related to utility or renewable regulation.

We also have substantial expertise in FERC matters and advising clients on a broad range of regulatory and transactional issues in the renewable energy sector, especially related to: mergers and acquisitions, development of renewable energy projects, transmission, electric reliability and compliance issues. Our attorneys have also successfully received qualifying facility status, exempt wholesale generator status and market-based rate authorization for numerous clients.

Specialties:

  • Legislative counsel and proposals on a variety of regulatory and policy matters related to renewable energy law and policy
  • Drafting legislation
  • Lobbying
  • Legislative affairs
  • Renewable portfolio standards (“RPF”)
  • White papers & environmental policy statements
  • Global climate change legislation and policy
  • Regulatory and transactional issues in the renewable energy sector
  • Qualifying facility (“QF”) status
  • Exempt wholesale generator status
  • Market-based rate authorization
  • Government relations services and relationship building
  • Trade tariffs and international policies

Areas of Expertise:

  • Counsel solar and wind manufacturers on US trade policy and tariffs
  • Government relations and lobbying efforts on behalf of renewable energy clients
  • Representation during rule making
  • Advocacy for renewable energy groups
  • Drafting legislation and rules
  • Advising on practical effects of new legislation
  • Drafting white-papers on renewable energy policy
  • Helping to form organizations position on renewable energy policies
  • Strategic guidance
  • Formulating public positions on renewable energy policies for legislative hearings and media
  • Advising clients on a broad range of regulatory and transactional issues in the renewable energy sector
  • Successfully received qualifying facility status, exempt wholesale generator status and market-based rate authorization for numerous clients
  • Facilitated offshore wind, energy infrastructure,  recycling, solar, and other forms of alternative energy generation.
  • Helped client to build renewable energy facilities in various jurisdictions
  • Assisted with obtaining production tax credits
  • Made introductions to key stakeholders
  • Provided direction on both the state and federal levels to encourage compliance and modernization with environmental regulations and renewable energy policy