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Energy & Utilities

As energy sources continue to rapidly evolve, at least one thing has remained constant: the value of legal counsel with a deep understanding of the regulatory and economic dynamics at play across the sector. For those operating in energy and utilities, a holistic view of the market is critical – and CSG delivers.

From securing environmental permits for the development of electric generation stations to shepherding alternative energy business ventures, CSG’s Energy & Utilities attorneys help manage a wide range of energy and infrastructure projects. As energy policy shifts rapidly towards renewable and sustainable energy as a result of concerns about the impacts of climate change, CSG attorneys are uniquely qualified to navigate the permitting and policy process for these technologies, yet continue to work in the area of traditional areas of energy generation, transmission and distribution.

The Group routinely helps clients navigate the permitting and siting processes for the development and operation of natural gas transmission pipelines, electricity transmission lines, combined cycle natural gas EGUs and solar facilities. We are also involved in significant national and state permits – and their ensuing litigation – in connection with major policy decisions, including the regulation of water intake structures under Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act.

As energy policy shifts towards the continued reduction of greenhouse gases and other emissions, as well as cleaner and sustainable technologies, CSG environmental attorneys, working closely with CSG’s Renewable Energy & Sustainability Group, advise on policy and projects involving a range of promising alternative energy sources such as solar, geothermal, cogeneration, wind, biofuels and biomass. Further, alongside consultants, we deliver strategic counsel on various aspects of energy management – including energy efficiency analyses, energy master planning and procurement of energy and green energy sources.

In addition, we are knowledgeable of the legal issues surrounding the recent surge in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and are well-prepared to assist clients with the unique issues and challenges raised by the practice.