We Understand Your Business

The energy and clean technology industries will play a significant role in shaping the future of the global economy, and they must continue their innovative efforts in timely and responsible ways. In order to keep up with competitors and meet their many challenges, companies in the field need to stay ahead of the curve and be prepared for new issues and challenges. For example:

  • Incentive-based ratemaking is generating more interest and could be a more prevalent future model for utilities as states look to promote efficiency. This potential shift from a cost-based structure would impact areas from state advocacy at the outset to new compliance needs.
  • Despite tight capital markets, renewable portfolio standards in many states are driving growth in many sectors, such as solar, on and offshore wind, geothermal and even hydrokinetic power. Due partly to capital availability, utilities and industrial conglomerates may be steering the investment tide even more than early-stage firms.
  • The aging United States power grid is a looming problem. States and utilities will soon need to address on a large scale wholesale modernization of the national transmission structure to meet 21st century needs ranging from increased capacity to the ability to handle power generated by renewable sources.

Is your company positioned to succeed?

We Can Help

Holland & Knight's Energy & Clean Technology Team includes more than 30 energy attorneys and professionals throughout the United States and Latin America who have extensive industry experience and insight gained from previous positions held within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Florida Governor's Energy and Climate Action Team and various energy companies, including importers of liquefied natural gas (LNG). We represent participants in the electric, oil, natural gas, solar, wind and waste-to-energy sectors in all aspects of their business operations, including:

  • Construction: Production facilities are the engines that drive energy and clean technology operations. We can provide you with advice on legal issues surrounding the construction of energy infrastructure projects and can assist you in resolving construction disputes through various methods, including alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and litigation.
  • Corporate Services: Our team has extensive experience handling energy-related transactions and can assist you with contracts and agreements, licenses, mergers and acquisitions, tax leveraged transactions and taxation issues.
  • Data Privacy and Security: It is critical for energy companies and utilities to effectively manage data privacy and security matters and comply with the growing number of related regulations, best practices and regulator guidance. We can provide you with highly experienced technical and legal counsel on a wide array of issues, from managing smart grid privacy and security, NERC-CIP standards, NIST guidelines and other best practices, to handling international data transfers and mobile apps and devices. We can also help prevent or deal with hacking, network attacks, data and security breaches, as well as respond to federal and state regulator inquiries and investigations.
  • Environment: Environmental concerns are prevalent in virtually every energy project. We can help you address the myriad environmental issues that impact your business operations, from environmental permitting and enforcement to shaping environmental policy.
  • Financial Services: Energy and clean technology operations require significant financial capital our team can help you secure the necessary funding for your facilities and operations. We have extensive experience with all forms of financing and incorporate innovative risk allocation and mitigation techniques to resolve the complex issues encountered when financing infrastructure projects.
  • Insurance: Potential liability issues confront participants in the energy and clean technology industries on a daily basis. We can help you anticipate risks and protect your interests through effective insurance planning. 
  • International: Energy needs are a common denominator for countries throughout the world. Members of our team have assisted clients with the development, construction, financing and operation of energy-related facilities around the globe.
  • Labor, Employment and Benefits: We can guide you through common employment issues such as policies, training and benefits as well as issues that are of importance to the energy industry such as OSHA and workplace safety. In addition, we can represent your interests in labor relations and can defend against claims of discrimination and retaliation.
  • Land Use and Government: Land use issues are a key concern for most companies engaged in the energy and clean technology industries. Our team can help you with all of your land use needs, including government approvals, power plant and transmission siting, and eminent domain and condemnation.
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Business disputes are common within the high stakes and competitive world of energy and clean technology. We will aggressively defend your interests in any type of dispute so you can remain focused on your core business objectives
  • Public Policy & Regulation: The energy and clean technology industries are subject to a vast array of regulations at both the state and federal levels. Our team can help you safely navigate the regulations and can represent your interests before FERC and state public utility commissions (PUCs) on issues involving rates, licensing, compliance and more. In addition, we can address your advocacy and communication needs and represent your interests before the U.S. Congress and state legislatures.
  • Real Estate: Companies engaged in the production of energy and clean technology require significant real property holdings. We can help you with the acquisition, development, leasing and sale of the land and facilities required for your operations.
  • White Collar Defense and Investigations: Government investigations are common within the energy and clean technology industries and our team can assist in representing your interests in any type of investigation, including allegations of False Claims Act violations.

Guidance You Can Trust

The combination of our thorough knowledge, our extensive experience and our unwavering commitment to provide responsive service is why clients turn to our Energy & Clean Technology Team to handle their legal needs.

These attributes are also the reason why members of our team have been recognized among the top legal professionals in the country by leading publications, including Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers in America. These publications base their rankings and commentary on input provided by those who are best positioned to evaluate our capabilities – our clients and other attorneys in the industry. 

In its 2011 guide, Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business noted that members of our team have extensive experience in renewable energy projects and are "incredibly creative." In addition, The Best Lawyers in America selected several of our team members for inclusion in its 2012 guide in the areas of Energy and Environmental Law. Likewise, Biofuels Digest named a member of our team to its 2011 Top People in Bioenergy list.