Public Power and Utility Financing

Municipal electric utilities and public power systems need counsel that understands the challenges of meeting their communities' energy demands—now and into the future. Our attorneys have the specific public finance experience and energy industry knowledge to provide trusted legal guidance on public power finance transactions. We help clients keep customers powered up.

Municipal and other government-owned power systems provide electricity for thousands of communities and nearly 50 million customers across the country. Ballard Spahr attorneys advise these clients in transactions that capitalize on the latest financing techniques and tax benefits—including tax-exempt bonds, tax-advantaged bonds, and energy-related tax credits. Our clients include multistate energy cooperatives and joint action agencies in which public power providers have joined together to achieve economies of scale and undertake large-scale generation and transmission projects.

Ballard Spahr energy and public finance attorneys have worked on energy projects and transactions throughout the United States, encompassing the full range of utility-scale and distributed generation facilities, transmission, and infrastructure projects. We have experience on all sides of the negotiation table—representing energy project developers, purchasers, investors, lenders, underwriters, distributors, and operators, including Regional Transmission Organizations.

Ballard Spahr public power finance attorneys monitor industry news and track developments in this highly technical and constantly evolving area of law. We assist public power agencies in understanding the tax code and how the rules apply to them and their projects. We advise on the optimal transaction structure to protect clients' best interests—from both a legal and business standpoint.

This experience enables us to effectively advocate for public power clients when we negotiate and document contractual terms and relationships. We advise on compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. We anticipate and neutralize problems, recognize issues, advise on favorable resolutions, and recommend strategic alternatives to help government-owned energy utilities meet increasing power demands and competition.