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Assisting Clients with Renewable Energy Projects

We regularly assist and advise our clients with all stages of renewable energy development projects.

Parsons Behle & Latimer represents clients in all stages of renewable energy development, including diligence and site assessment; acquisition of permits and federal, state and local land use authorizations; negotiation of leases, easements and other land rights; negotiation of power purchase and power sale agreements; obtaining certificates and other approvals from public service commissions; construction and project financing; EPCM contracts; and operational compliance. Our vast experience with natural resource and energy projects that utilize or cross public lands in states throughout the Intermountain Region, and our resulting familiarity with NEPA, FLPMA, NHPA, the Endangered Species Act and other wildlife protection laws, and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, ensure that our clients have the best counsel when seeking to develop or acquire a renewable project affecting public lands. We also have extensive experience with state, county and municipal zoning and land use permitting necessary for developing and operating renewable energy projects on private land.

We also advise clients on state and federal renewable energy tax issues, including investment and production tax credits and property taxes, and we have been instrumental in development of renewable tax legislation and regulations in Utah. We have counseled clients on various aspects of wind, solar, and geothermal projects which when combined, represent over 1000 MW of renewable electrical generation capacity in operation or in the permitting or development process. We also advise clients on renewable-related interconnection and transmission projects, encompassing more than 1000 miles of high voltage (230, 345 and 500 kV) transmission facilities that are either in operation, under development, or in the early proposal stage.