Renewable Energy & Climate Change

Renewable Energy & Climate Change

Overview

New climate change laws and regulations touch almost every business activity from traditional smokestack industries to energy production to development of new commercial and residential projects. Cox, Castle & Nicholson has a comprehensive Climate Change and Renewable Energy Practice with the experience and depth to assist clients in addressing the new and complex area of climate change regulation and capitalize on emerging business opportunities.

Our renewable energy and climate change attorneys counsel clients on the climate change aspects of energy and natural resources development, residential and commercial developments, industrial projects, energy use, renewable energy and energy infrastructure projects. Our expertise includes the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), litigation, regulatory compliance, design and implementation of carbon markets (cap and trade) and government agency relations. We represent a variety of clients involved directly in alternative energy production and development and companies with renewable energy interests including property owners, residential and commercial developers, institutional investors, private equity firms, financial institutions and public entities.

We assist clients in connection with the development and building of renewable energy projects from land assembly to negotiation of access rights, to land use permitting and environmental compliance during operation. With broad expertise in the development of all types of real property, environmental regulation and land use, our attorneys assist clients as they navigate through the laws and regulations governing the approval of alternative energy projects at the local, state and federal levels.

When necessary, our experienced team of litigators can assist clients with disputes associated with the development of these facilities. Our extensive and experienced trial attorneys represent clients in all types of real property, land use, environmental, and business disputes in state and federal court and before administrative bodies.

Our attorneys advise numerous private developers and public agencies on the evaluation of climate change impacts in environmental impact reports. We are involved in matters involving climate change analyses under CEQA and are at the forefront of this rapidly evolving area of CEQA law.

Our experience includes assisting clients as they venture into green development practices, seek technical certification of and financing for green development, and seek approvals for use of new green technologies in projects.

Our renewable energy and climate change attorneys are leaders in and have litigated numerous CEQA-climate change issues and are at the forefront of incorporating climate change analyses into CEQA documents.

Representative
Matters

Involved in the first major CEQA lawsuit in California in which climate change impacts were being asserted against the adoption of a major land use plan and negotiated the first climate change settlement with the California Attorney General's office.

Represented clients with climate change and alternative energy issues on a multitude of different projects.

Counseled property owners, developers, lenders, municipalities, pension funds, and other parties on environmental risk management and renewable energy strategies.

Assisted in permitting hundreds of megawatts of wind, solar, geothermal, and biodiesel plants throughout California.

Solved problems related to radar interference and avian mortality, induced seismicity, visual and noise impacts, as well as transmission capacity.

Performed environmental due diligence with respect to numerous sites being redeveloped as large solar development projects.

Attorneys &
Paralegals

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Brooks, Preston W. Partner Los Angeles 310.284.2223
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Doty, Robert P. Partner San Francisco 415.262.5115
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Hughes, Perry S. Partner Los Angeles 310.284.2276
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Infelise, Robert D. Partner San Francisco 415.262.5125
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Mudge, Anne E. Partner San Francisco 415.262.5107
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Walker, Keith B. Partner Los Angeles 310.284.2230
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