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Cleantech & Renewable Energy

Preti Flaherty's Energy and Environmental Law Groups provide Cleantech and Renewable Energy Law practice support to clients as they navigate the legal, technical and business aspects of cleantech ventures. Our Energy, Environmental and Government Affairs attorneys combine their deep understanding of the clean technology industry with experience working with cleantech and renewable energy companies around the world. We represent clients ranging from startups seeking to capitalize on their technology to Fortune 500 companies seeking to lower their costs and minimize their environmental footprint. We advise project developers, landowners, and other businesses on all aspects of project development, operation and transactions related to the development of a variety of clean technologies, including:

  • Traditional and advanced biomass energy conversion
  • Biogas, anaerobic digestion and advanced biofuels production
  • Traditional and advanced natural gas-fired electricity generation
  • Combined heat, power and cogeneration
  • Traditional and innovative hydropower production, including ocean and tidal energy
  • Solar photovoltaic and thermal energy production
  • Wind power
  • Geothermal and ground-source heat pumps
  • Demand response and energy storage
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water treatment and processing
  • Landfill gas-to-energy

We go beyond the traditional legal realm. Our Energy and Environmental Law attorneys assist clients with both legal and business consulting services to support cleantech and renewable energy ventures:

  • Permitting and Regulatory Issues – Representation throughout the local, state and federal permitting processes, including the process of securing expedited wind permits, Site Location of Development Act Permits, Natural Resource Protection Act Permits and Clean Water Act Permits (wastewater, stormwater and wetlands). Preti Flaherty also has the largest and most active LURC (Land Use Regulation Commission) practice of any Maine firm.
  • Interconnection Agreements – Negotiating and securing favorable terms for interconnecting electric generation projects to the grid.
  • Power Purchase Agreements – Negotiating and securing commitments to purchase electric generation projects' output.
  • Renewable Energy Certificates and Credits (RECs) – Securing state and non-governmental organization certification of renewable energy producing facilities, marketing RECs and maximizing the value of renewable energy generation.
  • Cleantech and renewable energy project finance – Working with traditional lenders and VC funds plus assistance with securing federal grant funding for energy efficiency projects.
  • Real estate and lease agreements – Negotiating and drafting documentation to allow project developers and landowners to find mutual benefit through cleantech project development.
  • Energy Policy Analysis – Shaping regional and federal energy policy related to renewable resources, energy efficiency, and demand response.
  • Project acquisition, operation and sale – Advising, developing strategies for and implementing due diligence, acquisition, operation and sale of renewable energy or cleantech facilities.
  • Business consulting – develop solid business plans to help cleantech clients achieve their growth objectives.

Firm Highlights

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...

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The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...

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Maine’s Exemption Laws Are Changing

In March of this year, Representative Denise Tepler (D. Topsham) introduced “An Act To Increase the Value of Property Exempt from Attachment and Execution,” LD 737, which sought to dramatically change Maine’s exemption scheme. ...

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How to Avoid Misclassifying Your Employees Under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act

What criteria are necessary to classify someone as an independent contractor and how can employers avoid misclassification and the repercussions that come with it? In this article, Preti Flaherty attorney and Mainebiz guest columnist John...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys to our Boston, Massachusetts, office: Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes. Angelica joins the firm as an Associate in our Environmental Practice...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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Escalation Clause: An escape from the price-spike trap

Anyone in real estate development would have to be living under a rock not to know about skyrocketing lumber and material prices in the “post”-pandemic world. Pre-pandemic, the average cost for 1,000 board feet...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...