Energy Law

Whether you’re using it, generating it or developing it, energy is an essential part of business. Warner Norcross & Judd's Energy practice can help you navigate through the maze of new and changing energy legislation. We can help with issues pertaining to energy generation, transmission and utilization for traditional, renewable and alternative sources of energy. Our attorneys have worked on a variety of energy projects, ranging from large coal production facilities to nuclear power, wind energy development and cellulosic ethanol plants.

There are complex environmental and real estate issues -- and significant economic incentives -- involved in energy projects. Warner's integrated approach to energy law pulls expertise from our environmental, real estate, economic incentives, corporate and litigation practices so we can meet all your legal needs.

Always on the cutting edge, Warner attorneys helped obtain the first of its kind Certificate of Necessity (CON) issued by the state of Michigan for a public utility client’s investment in a nuclear power plant. Among other things, the CON provides the client and investors with assurances of future cost recovery. 

We also helped a client secure the first Michigan Renewable Energy Renaissance Zone designation and we are representing the first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol project in the state. We have assisted clients on utility-scale wind energy development and are one of only a handful of firms actively involved in the development of carbon capture and sequestration.

Warner's multidisciplinary team can also assist in other areas, including:

  • Environmental permitting for large, small and independent energy production facilities
  • Wind farm development, including short- and long-term leases, transmission, siting, and zoning
  • Cellulosic ethanol and other biomass energy production
  • Contracting for independent power producers
  • Investment in new renewable energy projects and technologies
  • Renewable energy financial incentives
  • Capture and underground storage of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases
  • Transmission issues for producers, transmission companies, and end users
  • Customized self-directed energy optimization plans
  • Gas capture from digesters installed at agricultural, waste treatment or landfill facilities
  • Onsite cogeneration or renewable energy generation
  • Energy efficiency contracting
  • Lobbying efforts for energy legislation and regulation

And because buildings account for a majority of electricity consumption in the United States, your company's real estate and development decisions will be affected by rapidly evolving energy related requirements.


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