Power Plant Decommissioning, Demolition & Remediation



We navigate our clients through every phase of the complex decommissioning, demolition and remediation process of coal-and oil-fired power plants. With a collaborative approach and pinpoint knowledge, we provide options, manage risks and help our clients reach their future goals with fewer surprises.

Our approach

Options are limited. Risks are high. Money is scarce.

Between the EPA air toxic emissions regulations and the millions of dollars needed to modernize equipment to meet standards, a wave of power plants are being forced to shut down. And when that happens, a cascade of legal consequences follows. Our attorneys are at the forefront of the industry covering all the issues that arise throughout the process of power plant demolition.

We offer a smooth process with fewer surprises.

Clients have our support from beginning to the end—our decades of work with coal- and oil-fired power plants help us get the job done quickly and efficiently. Starting with effective strategic planning during decision-making stages, through the pre-bid and bidding processes and into the project design and implementation phases, our practical approaches will prevent potentially costly pitfalls.

We don’t just manage risk, we find solutions. Our experience ranges from construction contracts to meeting stringent environmental requirements, finding strategies for maximizing salvage credit, evaluating redevelopment options and tax incentives, and minimizing and resolving litigation threats and construction disputes.

We offer a strategic approach to:

  • Negotiation and drafting of owners’ engineer and project management contracts
  • Insurance/indemnification issues
  • Demolition and remediation agreements
  • Interconnection agreements
  • Joint venture/teaming and other contractor arrangements
  • Deconstructions vs. demolition
  • Integrating technical and legal specifications
  • Asset reclamation
  • Demolition salvage and pricing
  • Environmental impact reviews, permits and approvals
  • Local approves and community outreach
  • Protecting remaining assets, including Emission Reduction Credits

We work with

  • Power plant owners
  • Consultants
  • Engineers
  • Developers
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies

Recent experience

  • 257 MW, 60+ year-old coal plant: PSC Preliminary Approval, Owner Engineer (OE) Engagement and Pre-qualifying Demolition and Remediation Contractor Procurement and environmental support.
  • 100+ year-old, 7-unit + turbine coal plant: Owner Engineer (OE) Engagement, Pre-qualifying Demolition and Remediation Contractor Procurement and environmental support.
  • 25- and 30-year-old natural gas/combined cycle plants: Offering Memo, Preliminary Deconstruction Technical Specifications and Asset Purchase Agreement (for export outside USA).
  • 62 and 63 MW NG/CC peaking power plants: Asset Purchase Agreement for sale of operations.
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