Faegre Baker Daniels' wind energy team has the sophisticated expertise to help players in the wind energy and transmission industry meet their legal and business challenges. Our deep industry knowledge, combined with the depth and breadth of our practice areas, means we have the expertise to assist wind energy clients with a full spectrum of legal issues.
Project Development and Construction
Our wind industry experts have assisted clients in the development of wind farms that produce thousands of megawatts of electricity in almost every state that has commercial wind production, and have represented clients on the construction hundreds of miles of high voltage transmission lines. Our professionals also counsel wind energy clients on partnership flip and pass-through lease structures as part of the entity-formation process.
Finance and Tax
We help clients secure public and private financing for wind farm projects, including tax credits and exemptions, grants, and federal and state incentive programs. We also are experienced at guiding projects and developers through work-outs and distressed asset sales.
Mergers & Acquisitions
We represent buyers and sellers in wind energy projects and assist wind companies joint-venture formation.
We have broad expertise with the range of contracts involve in wind farm formation and wind energy transmission, including power purchase, interconnection, EPC and turbine supply agreements. We also assist clients with contract dispute resolution.
Our real estate professionals draft wind farm leases and easements, navigate eminent domain challenges, including securing transmission line rights-of-way, and advise on land use and permitting issues for wind farms and transmission lines. We are experienced at working through Native American tribal rights issues that often arise during site leasing for plants and transmission lines.
We handle federal and state permitting for transmission lines and wind farm sites, and advise clients on regulations regarding energy corridors, migratory birds, endangered species and NEPA.
We work with wind energy clients on trademark and trade secret protection, as well as patent licensing and joint development matters to secure value intellectual property assets. Our patent prosecution professionals represent clients before the USPTO and in other jurisdictions to enforce patent protections of products and processes related to wind energy capture and transmission.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
We represent wind energy companies in the mediation, arbitration and litigation of construction, environmental, land use and development contract disputes.