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Energy Law

Miles & Stockbridge represents clients in diverse sectors of the energy industry, from renewable energy sources (such as biodiesel, wind and solar) to natural resources (natural gas, oil and petroleum products). We help clients successfully traverse the regulatory maze involved in acquisitions, leasing and financing matters; obtain regulatory approvals and permits from federal and state agencies, including the Maryland Public Service Commission; comply with zoning and environmental requirements; and resolve contested determinations and enforcement matters. 

Representative clients include public utilities, local governments and companies in matters involving natural gas, propane, oil, biofuels, solar and wind power generation, transportation, water, and anaerobic digestive technology.

Some of the representative matters handled by attorneys of the firm include: 

  • Advising on infrastructure, siting, zoning, environmental permitting and Public Service Commission issues for the financing of a 725-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas fired power plant;
  • Counseling a major utility on identifying key risk areas and mitigating performance issues in anticipation of potential high media and congressional visibility relating to the U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force’s $7 billion multiple award task order procurement for locally generated renewable and alternative energy using Power Purchase Agreements or their equivalents;
  • Serving as local emergency counsel for a major petroleum producer;
  • Pursuing the prosecution of patents for advanced solar thermal power systems, photovoltaic systems and manufacture, wind power systems, and energy storage;
  • Counseling on renewable energy initiatives and credits;
  • Counseling on Energy Savings Performance Contracts;
  • Representing biodiesel companies in environmental permitting and compliance matters;
  • Advising solar development companies, natural gas utilities and electric generation companies and utilities on siting, acquisition/leasing, zoning and environmental permitting matters;
  • Representing counties in disputes before the Maryland Public Service Commission;
  • Representing public utilities and regional fuel and propane sales and distribution companies, and
  • Addressing local, state and federal climate change issues.

Firm attorneys are members of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environmental, Energy and Resources, including committees on Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance, and Energy and Natural Resources Market Regulation.