Energy Project Permitting

Using our wide industry network, deep market experience and problem solving skills, we provide high-level business counsel and predictive legal advice to help our clients develop complex energy projects.

Our approach

Each energy project faces a unique set of challenges. Whether it’s navigating the permitting process, handling site proceedings, building the facility or acquiring land use approvals, we help our clients successfully take projects from inception to conclusion. Our accomplished team foresees issues and will guide you through the complexities and unexpected surprises at each phase of your energy project’s development.

Our team has helped develop electric generating projects fueled by natural gas, coal, oil, uranium, municipal waste, biomass, and winery, brewery and food manufacture waste. We have further assisted permitting for electric transmission facilities, natural gas pipelines, coal gasification projects, and renewable energy developments.

Our team is familiar with the dynamics and players unique to this industry. Using our market knowledge and established relationships with federal, state and local authorities, we proactively identify and obtain the necessary permits with livable conditions for our clients.

We help our clients strategically approach:

  • Air, water use/discharge and Army Corps of Engineers permits
  • Endangered Species Act consultations
  • Energy regulatory approvals
  • Environmental impact reviews
  • Federal and state submerged land leases
  • Local approvals and zoning
  • Site assemblage
  • State siting board certifications

Who we work with

  • Renewable energy developers
  • Electric and gas utilities
  • Electric transmission developers
  • Hosts
  • Independent power producers
  • Investors
  • Lenders
  • Natural gas pipelines
  • Public power entities
  • Suppliers

IREC announces 2018 3iAward recipients at Intersolar

Solar Power World | July 10, 2018

Washington DC partner Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens, both of the Community Development Finance Group, are mentioned in this story after NPSolar was named Community/Shared Renewables Project of the Year by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Power co. wants DC Circ. to force action on NY pipeline

Law360 | December 14, 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.


Ashley E. Champion

Co-Leader, Environment and Land Use Team

Phone: 585-263-1361

Robert L. Daileader, Jr.


Phone: 202-585-8318

Denise D. Pursley

Practice Group Leader, Real Estate

Phone: 516-832-7542

Ruth H. Silman

Office Managing Partner, Boston

Phone: 617-345-6062

Alison B. Torbitt

Co-leader, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

Phone: 415-984-5008

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