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Energy – Renewables

Recognized by Chambers USA (“Band 1” in Projects: Power & Renewables: Transactional, 2019-2020) and Legal 500 (Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power, 2019), Vinson & Elkins’ Clean and Renewable Energy practice leverages the firm’s market leading energy and infrastructure experience. Our talented multidisciplinary team regularly advises sophisticated investors, dynamic companies and gifted innovators on financing, development, tax, regulatory, dispute, environmental, national security, and intellectual property matters related to clean and renewable energy assets.

Our lawyers are adept at guiding and advising clients on every stage and aspect of a renewable and clean energy project, from planning and development to operation. We have deep experience advising clients on challenging alternative and sustainable energy projects, including solar, wind, hydro, energy storage, renewable fuels, fuel cells, electric vehicles, geothermal, smart grid applications, biofuels, biomass, waste-to-energy, and other state-of-the-art technologies. Our clients range from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to venture capital and private equity sponsors aggregating or financing clean energy projects. As a firm, we are helping forge the energy evolution.

V&E is the only firm with two “Band 1” ranked lawyers, and one “Up and Coming” lawyer by Chambers USA (2019-2020) in Projects: Power & Renewables (Transactional).   

Our Clean and Renewable Energy practice advises on a full range of matters, including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Full suite of project development matters
  • Project and other financing structures
  • Regulatory advice and counseling
  • International alternative dispute resolution
  • Complex and bet-the-company litigation
  • Tax equity transactions
  • Technology licensing
  • Environmental permits, wildlife impact, and land use advice
  • Purchase and sale of environmental attributes, including renewable energy credits
  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG) advice and counseling
  • Representing issuers (including SPACs) and underwriters in a variety of capital-raising transactions, including IPOs

Clean Energy Transactions

  • Goldman Sachs’ Alternative Energy Investing Group in the formation of a joint venture with TELOS Clean Energy to develop, construct, own, and operate distributed solar power projects

  • Global Atlantic in its acquisition of two utility scale solar projects in West Texas (250 MW) from a major developer

  • Takkion Holdings, a subsidiary of funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, in connection with the acquisition of a majority interest in Transportation Partners & Logistics, a leading provider of logistics, transportation, and supply chain management solutions serving renewable energy and industrial markets

  • Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Fund in its acquisition of 100% of the membership interests of four project companies developing a 50 MW solar generation facility to provide power to an Ivy League University

  • Assisted Citibank in the preparation of its initial Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Report

  • Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Fund 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 Carlyle Group’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Fund on a range of transactional matters, including in the formation of a joint venture with Alchemy Renewable Energy, LLC (ARE), a renewable energy developer and tax equity arranger

  • Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Fund in its acquisition of a 142 MW portfolio of solar power generation assets from a subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation

  • AltaGas Power in its $20 million sale of its interests in two biomass plants 

  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets in the approximately $176 million acquisition of various renewable power portfolios in Mexico 

  • Sixth Street Partners in virtually all of its renewable energy investments, including multiple acquisitions of wind and solar assets, and related financings

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Clean Energy Litigation, Counseling & Defense

  • Represented a UK subsidiary of an industrial conglomerate in a dispute concerning the design, construction, installation and operation of a test rig for testing large wind turbines

  • Adjudication proceedings and advice work relating to energy from waste plant in Ferrybridge, England

  • Represented a solar power company in an arbitration over non-payment for key parts of a renewable energy project located in Asia Pacific region

  • Represented a biofuels company in connection with a major fire at its marine terminal storage and loading facility in 2018, assisting the facility owner in its emergency response, evidence preservation, and incident investigation; the work included notification and coordination of inspections by potentially responsible third parties as well as balancing evidence preservation and regulatory investigation requirements with the need to promptly reconstruct the terminal and return it to operation

  • Representing a green energy company that manufactures wood pellets in an arbitrated construction dispute raising issues concerning safety, completion of work and delays

  • Represented U.S. solar company before the U.S. International Trade Commission and Office of the United States Trade Representative in connection with solar-related Section 201 safeguard investigation, including by submitting request for exclusion of certain high-efficiency cells and modules from proclaimed tariffs 

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