Alternative Energy

Pullman & Comley’s Alternative Energy practice focuses on both large-scale renewable energy projects and smaller, distributed generation installations.  The practice brings together attorneys across various disciplines to serve clients in the growing and evolving areas of climate change, sustainability, alternative energy, distributed generation, renewable energy credits and trading, carbon trading, greenhouse gas initiatives and project finance.  Our clients include energy developers, property managers, real estate developers, landlords, tenants, retailers, manufacturers, governmental agencies, investors, venture capitalists and lenders.  We have experience in most alternative energy technologies including wind, solar, photovoltaics (PV), biomass, biofuel, fuel cells and combined heat and power (CHP) systems.

Our group consists of attorneys with transactional and regulatory experience in the electricity and natural gas markets; the real estate industry, including commercial, industrial and retail properties; the alternative energy industry, representing developers, host sites, and manufacturers; and climate change, representing energy project developers, governmental agencies and lenders.  Our attorneys deal with regulatory proceedings, project development, permitting, obtaining financial incentives, power purchase agreements, emission trading, siting and land use, environmental law, real estate, taxation, business and litigation.  

We also serve on a number of working groups and committees that are developing the future paradigms of this industry.  These include the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Sustainable Energy and Environmental Design (SEED) initiative, the Energy Bar Association, the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association, the Connecticut Power and Energy Society, the Air and Waste Management Association, the Responsible Property Investing Coalition, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s Environmental Policies Council, the RGGI working group and the Connecticut Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition. 

Attorneys in this practice have extensive experience before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, Department of Environmental Protection, Connecticut Siting Council, Connecticut Energy Advisory Board, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, as well as similar agencies throughout the East Coast.  Our attorneys also regularly practice before local zoning, wetlands and land use agencies with respect to the siting of facilities.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of wind generation developer before the Connecticut Siting Council
  • Numerous fuel cell installations throughout the State of Connecticut ranging from 250 kilowatt installations to a 30 megawatt project
  • The siting and permitting of a 3.2 megawatt landfill gas turbine
  • Solar installation at a medium-sized manufacturing facility
  • Solar-installation at a retail shopping center
  • Several biomass (wood) projects which will generate 100 megawatts of electricity
  • Representation of wood energy project before regulatory agencies and in state court appeals
  • Representation of fuel cell developer in gaining regulatory approvals, negotiation of power purchase agreement and site lease
  • Representation of state agency in negotiation of Renewable Energy Certificate purchase agreement
  • Representation of hydroelectric projects before regulatory agencies and in construction contract negotiations and disputes
  • Representation of Qualifying Facilities in disputes concerning ownership of renewable energy credits

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