Renewable energy is one of the fastest growing sectors in the energy industry. Traditional energy companies and renewable energy companies alike are exploring renewable alternatives to oil and gas and are constantly innovating newer technologies to more reliably harvest renewable energy. Liskow & Lewis is proud to have assisted some of these companies in this growing market. The Firm has the first-hand knowledge and experience that is needed to adequately guide developers through the complex issues that arise in renewable projects involving solar energy, wind energy, and carbon capture and sequestration. Liskow is capable of assisting clients during every phase of renewable energy projects, from acquisition, financing, title insurance and permitting matters, all the way to decommissioning.
Liskow has the extensive background that is needed to guide clients through the fast-growing world of renewables. The Firm is nationally recognized in energy law and was recently noted in Chambers USA 2021 for being known for its “Outstanding reputation for its longstanding prominence in the oil and gas market.”
Onshore Renewable Energy
Over the last decade there has been a substantial shift towards renewable energy. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, in 2008, the US had approximately 0.34 gigawatts of solar capacity. That capacity has jumped to over 97 gigawatts, enough to power 18 million homes. Wind energy has seen similar growth. According to the US Energy Information Administration, wind energy accounted for only 1.3% of utility scale electricity generation. As of 2020, that number has increased to 8.4%. With the growing number of companies striving to reach carbon neutrality, carbon capture and sequestration is likewise expanding rapidly.
These renewable energy projects are multi-faceted and require coordination across multiple practice areas. Liskow & Lewis has an experienced team of attorneys that understands the various phases of these projects and the need for a coordinated approach.
Offshore Renewable Energy
With a Biden administration goal of 30 gigawatts of wind capacity by 2030, offshore wind is entering an ambitious growth period in the United States with capacity and projects envisioned off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico. Yet, the regulatory landscape is new and still developing.
Liskow & Lewis attorneys are well situated to handle all aspects of development for offshore wind projects and operations, from initial siting and permitting through project finance, construction, and operations. Our team has decades of experience with the legal issues surrounding the complexities of offshore project permitting and development—both on the federal Outer Continental Shelf and in state waters.
In many aspects, the statutes and regulatory frameworks that apply to offshore oil and gas projects also apply to renewables projects. We are experienced and work day-to-day with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) on Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) leasing and operational permitting issues, as well as compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and various Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requirements.