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Energy – Clean Energy & Renewables

Vinson & Elkins’ Clean Energy & Renewables practice leverages the firm’s reputation as a leader in the energy legal community to provide clients with valuable market knowledge and experience. The firm represents clients engaged in innovative and challenging alternative energy matters involving solar, wind, hydro, energy storage, fuel cells, electric vehicles, geothermal, smart grid applications, biofuels, biomass, waste-to-energy, and other state-of-the-art technologies. Clients range from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to venture capital and private equity sponsors financing clean energy projects.

V&E offers a full spectrum of advice to renewable energy clients, including:

  • Acquisitions and financings
  • Project development
  • Project financing
  • Regulatory issues advice and counseling
  • Tax equity transactions
  • Technology licensing
  • Environmental permits, wildlife impact, and land use advice
  • Purchase and sale of environmental attributes, including renewable energy credits

The Clean Energy & Renewables team comprises attorneys located across the United States and around the world. The team draws upon the experience of the firm's energy transactional lawyers, including Mergers & Acquisitions, Project Development, and Finance lawyers, across all 14 of our offices. Clients benefit from the seamless integration of V&E's Clean Energy & Renewables practice with the firm’s internationally recognized Energy Regulatory, Tax, Environmental, Capital Markets, and Litigation practices.

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Practice Highlights

  • Goldman Sachs Asset Management in the $350 million acquisition from Marina Energy, a subsidiary of Southern Jersey Industries, of its solar portfolio comprised of 76 distributed solar energy projects with total capacity of 204 MW
  • Global Atlantic Financial Group in the $1.175 billion acquisition from Southern Power of a 33 percent minority interest in its solar portfolio (comprised of 26 operating solar facilities representing approximately 1.7 gigawatts of capacity)
  • The issuer and project company, affiliates of Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P., owners of the 417 MW Safe Harbor hydroelectric generation facility located in Pennsylvania, in connection with a private placement of senior secured notes
  • Clean Line Energy Partners,  a developer of renewable energy transmission projects, in the $50 million equity investment in the company by Bluescape Resources 
  • Duke Energy in the upgrade of its Notrees wind farm battery system, including negotiations with Samsung SDI America, Inc. for the provision of new batteries and Younicos, Inc. for installation and service of the energy storage management system
  • Underwriters to 8point3 Energy Partners LP in its $420 million initial public offering of common units 
  • Riverstone Holdings in the acquisition by SunEdison of a 50% ownership stake in Silver Ridge Power, a Riverstone Holdings portfolio company and owner of solar power plant operating projects and a developing solar power facility
  • A subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. in connection with acquisition financing for the Safe Harbor hydroelectric project
  • Tyr Energy, an Itochu Corporation, in its $500 million joint equity investment in the 845 MW Shepherds Flat wind power generation project in Eastern Oregon, currently the largest wind farm in the world
  • Duke Energy in its 36 MW battery storage project for its approximately 150 MW wind farm in Texas, one of the largest battery storage projects to date
  • The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in its investment in Clean Coal Solutions, LLC (and multiple related projects); investments in and ongoing matters in connection with various wind, solar and other alternative energy projects and companies
  • Alto Maipo SpA in the development and financing of a 531 MW hydroelectric project in Chile; total financing represents $1.217 billion of the approximately $2.05 billion project cost; financing was provided by the International Finance Corporation, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and Chilean and European commercial banks; the project consists of two separate run-of-the-river hydroelectric facilities, and construction requires excavation of approximately 67 kilometers of tunnels; the Alto Maipo project was selected as Project Finance International’s 2013 Latin America Power Deal of the Year
  • King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy on the establishment of a legal and regulatory framework for a renewable and civil atomic energy sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Represent multiple clients in negotiating contracts related to the deployment of advanced meters, including multiple rulemakings at the Public Utility Commission of Texas and in the related state court appeal