Energy

The energy sector worldwide spans electric power generation, oil and gas extraction and refining, and the transmission of electrical energy and oil and gas products.  The lawyers of Leech Tishman’s Energy Practice Group regularly work with clients involved with coal, gas and oil-based generation technologies, nuclear power facilities, solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass and other renewable-resource technologies, and oil and natural gas development, production, pipelining, and use.  Our power-sector experience includes providing services to utilities and developers of independent power generation projects and combined heat and power and co-generation facilities.  Leech Tishman’s oil and gas lawyers routinely deal with site selection, title and abstraction work, wellhead development, upstream, midstream and downstream oil and natural gas services, gathering and transmission issues, and formation of collaborative business entities for the exploration and operation of oil and gasfields. Drawing upon substantial experience in acquisition, divestiture, financing, development, construction, operating plant services, governmental regulation, tax, environmental protection and dispute resolution, our team of lawyers is well prepared to assist clients with managing the dynamic challenges of the energy industry.

Our firm represents clients involved in oil & gas exploration and production, refining and oilfield/natural gas services, mining entities, electrical and gas utilities, alternative/renewable energy developers (solar, wind and geothermal), hydroelectric power providers, power plant owners and developers, fossil fuel providers and timber companies.

Leech Tishman’s Energy Practice Group has experience in the following areas:

  • Examination of Titles and Title Abstracts, and Preparation of Oil, Gas, Surface and Coal Opinions
  • Preparation of Division Order Title Opinions
  • Project Financing, Drilling Program Capitalization, and Tax Equity and Debt Financing
  • Acquisition and Divestiture
  • Legal & Tax Considerations of Exploration/Development of Natural Resources (Tax Credits/Other Incentives)
  • Energy Project, Real Estate, Oil & Gas and Venture Capital Partnerships
  • Land Use/Sustainable Development
  • Construction, Engineering, Equipment Supply and Installation
  • Services for Operating Power Plants (Fossil, Nuclear and Renewable Energy)
  • Transactional Due Diligence
  • Utility, Independent Power Production Facility, and Non-Utility Project Generation and Transmission Issues
  • Development and Operation of Qualifying Co-Generation and Small Power Production Facilities permitted by the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, and of Direct Generation and Integrated Renewable Energy Projects Mandated by State Renewable Portfolio Standards
  • Public Workshops and Hearings Related to Project Permitting, Licensing, and Regulation and Compliance
  • Protection, Mitigation and Enhancement of Fish, Wildlife, Land, Water, Recreation and Cultural Resources Affected by Project Development, Construction and Operation
  • Government Contracting and Department of Energy Procurement and Grants
  • Development and Capitalization of Renewable Energy (Particularly Wind and Solar) Projects and Alternative Energy Projects involving, for example, Algae Oil, Ethanol and Bio-Fuels
  • Development of Retail Distribution and Direct Generation or Microgrid Projects
  • Drafting and Negotiation of Contractual Agreements Attendant to Project Development, Construction and Operation
      • Power Purchase Agreements
      • Interconnection Agreements
      • Fuel Sale Agreements
      • Financing Agreements
      • Pooling Agreements
      • Escrow and Disbursement Agreements
      • EPC Agreements
      • O&M Agreements
  • Structuring of Commercial Agreements and Drafting and Negotiation of Contractual Arrangements for Oil and Gas Exploration and Production and Gathering as well as Transmission Pipeline Transactions
  • General Counseling Related to Renewable Portfolio Standards, Energy Efficiency Requirements, Smart Grid Development and Greenhouse Gas Regulations, and Tax Credits and Financial Assistance Opportunities for Renewable Energy Projects
  • Development and Capitalization of Projects Attractive to Tax Equity Investors such as Financial Institutions, Private Equity Funds and Similarly-Situated Project Investors and Lenders
  • Drafting of Legislation and Ordinances for Tribal Utilities and Facilitation of Siting of Renewable Energy Projects on Native American Tribal Lands
  • Commercial Transactions involving Natural Resource Development and Electrical Power Production on Native American Tribal Lands for Self-Sufficiency, or for QF, RPS-Compliant or Other Sale of Electricity to Utilities, Municipalities or Federal Agencies while Enhancing Economic Development and Employment
  • Drafting and Negotiation of Contracts Related to Mining and Transportation of Coal by River and Rail
  • Business Succession Planning/Estate Planning and Asset Protection
      • Development of:
        • Family-Limited Partnerships
        • Limited Liability Companies
        • Captive Insurance Companies
      • Structuring of:
        • Corporate Successor Planning
        • Privately-Held Share Transfer Arrangements
        • Stock Acquisition
        • Stock Buy/Sell Agreements
      • General Counseling
  • Surface Mining/Oil/Gas/Coalbed Methane Lease Agreements
  • Local/State/Federal Regulatory Counseling and Compliance, including representation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and State Regulatory Commissions
      • Site Approvals
      • Investigations
      • Permits
      • Licenses
      • Zoning Matters
      • Compliance
        • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP)
        • California Energy Commission (CEC)
        • State/Local Regulatory Commissions
        • Jurisdiction of Federal Energy
  • Site Investigation and Facility Closure
  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation