We too are deeply involved and are constantly looking at what’s next in the sector. From regulation to project development and finance, transmission and interconnection issues, we’re ahead of the curve. Our collaborative approach, extensive resources and critical knowledge of trends set us apart.
The types of energy facilities we work with are as diverse as our clients. And we don’t just manage risk, we find solutions because we know the industry inside out.
And while we’ve been at the forefront of the industry for the past 75 years, we’ve built a team that’s fit for and focused on the next 15 years.
Electric and Gas Utilities—We provide comprehensive legal services to regulated electric and gas utilities, ranging from state and federal energy regulatory matters to environmental compliance, real estate, litigation and corporate and commercial issues.
Independent Power Producers—We represent developers and operators of electric generating facilities powered by natural gas, oil, coal, atomic energy, municipal solid waste, hydro, wind, biomass and solar.
Renewable Energy Developers—We are involved in all aspects of the renewable energy business, working for developers and investors on solar, wind, geothermal, waste-to-energy, biomass and biofuel, fuel cell, tidal and hydroelectric projects.
Natural Gas Pipelines—We permit natural gas pipeline projects and negotiate gas supply, transportation and storage agreements on most of the interstate natural gas pipelines in the U.S.
Electric Transmission Owners—We are heavily involved with new transmission throughout the U.S., including in California ISO, Midcontinent ISO, Southwest Power Pool, NYISO, ERCOT and ISO New England.
Public Power Entities and Cooperatives—We help public power entities to develop and finance new generation and transmission, often in partnership with other public power entities and investor-owned utilities.
Equity and Tax Equity Investors—We represent large financial institutions, banks, private equity funds and other project investors and lenders.
Universities—We assist a variety of large public and private universities, university medical centers and small private colleges with their energy needs.
Law360 | September 27, 2017
Boston office managing partner and energy and environmental partner Ruth Silman authored this article about Massachusetts’ plans and strategies for addressing climate change.
Inside EPA | September 15, 2017
This article about the pending New York legislation that would expand residents’ environmental rights quotes a recent Nixon Peabody blog post titled “What’s Trending: New York possible constitutional right to clean air and water,” authored by Albany Energy & Environmental partner Ruth Leistensnider and Rochester Energy & Environmental group professional specialist Libby Ford.
Solar Industry Mag | August 31, 2017
Nixon Peabody is mentioned as one of the firms that contributed to the creation of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) newly released model contract to encourage solar power development in the commercial and industrial sectors.
The National Law Journal | August 27, 2017
This article features the Washington, DC office’s solar program and mentions partners Jeff Lesk and Herb Stevens, who manage grants for the firm’s nonprofit New Partners Community Solar Corp.
Law360 | June 23, 2017
In this article about Millennium Pipeline Co.'s suit against New York environmental regulators, Washington, D.C. energy and environment partner Elizabeth Whittle is mentioned for representing CPV Valley Inc., a company that is building an energy facility that would receive natural gas from Millennium’s pipeline.
BBA Week | June 14, 2017
This profile features Boston office managing partner Ruth Silman. The article highlights her career, practice focus and vision for the Boston office.
Novogradac & Company | May 09, 2017
Boston tax credit finance and syndication partner Forrest Milder authored this column about the increasing use of back leverage in renewable energy tax credit projects and its implications.
Law360 | April 28, 2017
Albany energy & environmental counsel Peter Trimarchi contributed this article about the New York Public Service Commission’s (PSC) order related to compensation for renewable energy projects involving the state’s electric distribution system.
Earthtalk | March 20, 2017
Chief Innovation Officer Herb Stevens is quoted in this story discussing how the firm helped implement the community solar project as part of the Clean Energy DC plan, which aims to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and energy use in half by 2032.
NBC4 Washington | March 15, 2017
Washington DC office managing partner Jeff Lesk and chief innovation officer Herb Stevens were interviewed in this broadcast news segment about a green bank that could be created to help finance environmentally friendly projects similar to the solar panels installed on our DC office building.
Tax Credit Advisor | March 01, 2017
Washington, DC office managing partner Jeff Lesk and chief innovation officer Herb Stevens are featured in this article about the Washington, DC office’s Community Solar project.
Bisnow | December 22, 2016
Washington DC office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted in this feature story about DC’s first large-scale downtown commercial Community Solar project on the roof of Nixon Peabody’s Washington DC office. This article focuses on the innovation and uniqueness of the NP Solar project.
ClearWaters | December 21, 2016
A discussion of five cases that might impact wastewater permitting regulations for holders of SPDES permits, written by Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford, San Francisco Energy and Environmental associate Alison Torbitt, and Albany counsel Peter Trimarchi.
Law360 | December 15, 2016
This article highlights the latest development in a case involving New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s delayed approval of a permit to start building a natural gas pipeline, which impacts upstate New York power plant developer CPV Valley LLC’s facility operations. Washington DC Energy and Environmental partner Elizabeth Whittle is noted as representing CPV Valley LLC.
Tech Moran | November 01, 2016
This story is about Persistent Energy Ghana’s $1.5M debt round financing that will be used as capital to buy solar home systems for low-income households in Ghana. New York City public company transactions partners Dan McAvoy and Richa Naujoks, and Boston global finance partner Frank Hamblett are working on this matter.
The Boston Globe | October 25, 2016
This article highlights an energy deal with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston Medical Center, and the Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation. Boston office managing partner Ruth Silman is mentioned in the article for representing A Better City in facilitating this innovative solar power purchase agreement.
Law360 | July 29, 2016
This guest column authored by Rochester energy and environmental partner Jean McCreary and Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford focuses on final cooling tower regulations put into place by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to protect against legionella and other bacteria.
Law360 | July 11, 2016
Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt co-authored this column discussing the EPA’s national standards for industrial wastewater discharged to local publicly owned treatment works and how they affect breweries.
Power Finance and Risk | May 10, 2016
New York City Energy & Environmental partner Ellen Friedman is quoted in this article regarding Allianz Risk Transfer’s novel 10-year hedge product that will fund wind projects against the risk of intermittent wind resources.
Buffalo Business First | April 25, 2016
Partner and leader of the firm’s Energy & Environmental practice Scott Turner is quoted in this feature story that discusses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s agenda moving forward.
Finger Lakes Times | March 13, 2016
Rochester Energy & Environmental associate Amy Reichhart is mentioned as counsel for Seneca Meadows Landfill in this article about the recent appeal decision in favor of her client.
Project Finance & Infrastructure Journal | February 09, 2016
The following coverage highlights the arrival of New York City Energy & Environmental partner Ernie Chung.
Law360 | October 02, 2015
New York City Energy & Environmental partner Ellen Friedman is noted as counsel for NTE Ohio which has successfully closed $645 million in project financing for construction and operation of its Middletown Energy Center.
The Lumber Log | September 01, 2015
San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this column discussing keeping mobile equipment in compliance with the California Air Resources Board (ARB) requirements.
Law360 | July 23, 2015
San Francisco Real Estate associate Ian O’Banion and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this column discussing how California’s historic drought conditions are impacting the real estate industry.
Law360 | February 12, 2015
Albany Energy & Environmental partner Ruth Leistensnider and Albany Energy & Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi co-authored this column discussing New York State Department of Environmental Conservation guidelines creating a regulatory program allowing the construction and operation of new liquefied natural gas facilities in the state.
Journal of Tax Credits | February 01, 2015
Boston Tax Credit Finance & Syndication partner Forrest Milder authored this article discussing how the Section 48 of the Internal Revenue Code provisions for wind properties could impact other renewables.
Affordable Housing Finance | January 29, 2015
San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this column discussing environmental due diligence in deals including low-income housing and new markets tax credits.
Law360 | January 08, 2015
Rochester Partner and leader of the firm’s Energy and Environmental practices Scott Turner and senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford authored this article discussing the Environmental Protection Agency’s comprehensive set of requirements for the “safe” disposal of coal combustion residuals.
BASF Bulletin | December 01, 2014
The Bar Association of San Francisco featured Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt in this profile opportunity.
Energy Alert | 10.25.17
Environment Alert | 08.29.17
Energy Law Alert | 04.19.17
Tax Credit Finance & Syndication | 11.03.16
Energy & Environmental Law Alert | 05.18.16
09.14.17 | Webinar
05.19.17 | Warwick, RI
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