Environmental concerns and a global shortage of natural resource reserves have the world looking to alternative power sources. In addition to our work for developers and investors, we are deeply immersed in the creation of new incentives and structures upon which this growing industry relies.

We are experienced with Renewable Portfolio Standards legislation and can assist with trading of renewable energy certificates in both voluntary and state-mandated markets. We are familiar with federal requirements that establish biofuel credit trading, and we have assisted with greenhouse gas emissions reduction trading under the Kyoto Protocol.

Our attorneys have been involved with developers, power purchasers, and underwriters on distributed generation projects serving hospitals, universities, industrial users, and retirement communities. We are familiar with state regulatory issues involving the avoidance of public utility status and tariff questions relating to the incumbent utility. We also coordinate closely with members of our firm’s noted Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative.

We also provide counsel in support of:

  • Green buildings
  • Sustainability due diligence
  • Reputational risk and reporting
  • Product labeling and certification
  • Creation of public/private funding mechanisms sponsored by local governments


Patrick R. Gillard
Practice Leader
Tel 215.864.8536