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Power & Utilities

With energy resources in a state of constant evolution, you need a firm with extensive experience across a broad range of energy options to oversee your energy-related matters. The Power & Utilities Practice Group at Sprouse Shrader Smith has represented public utilities, independent power plant owners, electric co-ops, and other utility entities as well as landowners, corporations and municipalities, in various transactional and litigation matters. In cooperation with our Oil & Gas, Water, and other key practices, we advise and represent clients comprising the full spectrum of electric utilities, oil and gas producers, pipeline operators, power producers, commercial and industrial users of energy, marketers of energy, water companies, and publicly owned utilities, as well as investment bankers and investors in these industries, including businesses and governmental entities in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, California and New Jersey. We also advise clients in these industries in connection with bankruptcy, contracting, financing and tax issues.

Our lawyers are well-versed in various legal aspects associated with the financing, development, acquisition, operation and administration of independent power projects, including the formation of limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and other special-purpose entities, and negotiating, drafting and advising clientele with respect to agreements regarding electric power, steam, compressed air and other energy sales; construction; operation and maintenance; equipment purchase and maintenance; interconnection, transmission; acquisition and leasing; and credit arrangements, including non-recourse project finance documentation. Representative projects include gas-fired, waste-to-energy, solar, wind generation, steam delivery, and geothermal facilities. Additionally, our litigators are equipped to handle such matters as property and personal injury claims, theft, breach of contract and other issues arising from energy transactions.

Our attorneys regularly counsel clients on matters related to:

Power project development, financing and permitting

  • Negotiating and drafting of contracts
  • Power purchase agreements
  • Wind leasing agreements
  • Groundwater rights
  • Energy sector litigation matters
  • Interconnection and transmission
  • Commodity Sales Agreements
  • Development and Construction
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • Business planning and strategic regulatory matters