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Energy & Natural Resources

Smart energy law solutions that help our clients power the world.

Across the country and around the world, Husch Blackwell clients are blazing new trails in energy production and sustainability – and we’re right there with them. As the national spotlight refocuses on renewable and alternative energy technology, we draw on our long history in traditional energy sectors to help developers, investors, owners and lenders forge the future.

Our Energy & Natural Resources law team includes former regulatory commissioners and legislators who have led key energy policies. Our attorneys have extensive experience guiding multinational energy companies through the complex business and regulatory issues facing today’s energy companies. 

Our guidance to clients in the energy and natural resources sector includes:

  • Facility development and construction
  • Finance and securities
  • Litigation
  • Regulations and legislation
  • Safety and health

Strategic Transactions
Between 2007 and 2017, we led our clients through energy mergers and acquisitions worth $21.8 billion. Although we have a keen focus on renewable power generation deals, which totaled $9 billion, our energy law experience spans the industry. Our mergers and acquisitions work also includes utilities, oil and gas companies, transmission companies and fossil fuel power generation.

Blog | July 12, 2019
Keeping Up with the OSHAs
Blog | May 09, 2019
An Industry Approaching Zero
Articles | January-February 2019
Coal Age: MSHA's Blind Spot on Power Haulage Safety
Blog | January 11, 2019
Texas PUC: 2018 Year in Review
Blog | November 08, 2018
Is Asbestos Poised to Make a Comeback?
Articles | November 01, 2018
Law360 Expert Analysis: How FERC Aims to Change Transmission Rate Setting

James Hoecker and Sylvia Bartells authored an article on an October 16, 2018 FERC order in the remand proceeding associated with Emera Maine v. FERC.

Full article: How FERC Aims to Change Transmission Rate Setting

Articles | September 2018
Rock Products: Asbestos Revisited

Megan Caldwell discusses the history of asbestos use and its potential return, due to a proposed Significant New Use Rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Blog | June 13, 2018
ERCOT's State of the Market Report
Articles | May 11, 2018
Law360 Analysis: Low-Profile EPA Air Quality Shift Could Mean Big Changes (log-in required)

Carlos Rodriguez provides expert analysis on potential changes affecting the Clean Air Act permitting process.

Blog | January 02, 2018
FERC Off to a "Fast Start"
Blog | November 17, 2017
Senate Battle Over PTC Heating Up
Blog | June 27, 2017
Order 1000 and the Future Grid
Webinar | June 23, 2020
Turbulent Waters

Emerging Environmental Law Trends Webinar Series

Webinar | December 2019
Community Solar in Texas

Meeting Texas’ Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows

Webinar | October 2019
e-Mobility Working Committee and Issues

Webinar Series: Meeting Texas’ Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows

Webinar | August 16, 2019
NADB Environmental Infrastructure Financing

Webinar Series: Meeting Texas’ Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows

Webinar | July 16, 2019
Regulations Governing Discharges to Air Emissions

Emerging Environmental Law Trends Webinar Series

Seminars | July 11, 2019
WRISE Colorado Energy Policy Panel
Webinar | July 9, 2019
Review of Legislative Issues Concerning Renewables

Meeting Texas’ Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows

Webinar | June 13, 2019
Solar Forecasting Technologies for Energy Markets and Electricity Networks

Webinar Series: Meeting Texas' Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows

Webinar | May 16, 2019
Cybersecurity, NERC and Solar O&M in Texas

Meeting Texas’ Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows Webinar Series

Webinar | May 7, 2019
ITC & PTC Status Overview

Webinar Series: Meeting Texas’ Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows

Webinar | December 17, 2018
New Directions: Renewable Energy in a Transforming Environment Webinar Series

Texas Legislative Preview

Webinar | December 14, 2018
Federal and State Regulatory Approvals - December 14, 2018

Topics and Trends: Renewable Energy Projects in 2018

Webinar | October 31, 2018
Project Acquisition and Disposition, October 31, 2018

Topics and Trends: Renewable Energy Projects in 2018

Webinar | 10/11/2018
Summer 2018:
ERCOT Market Performance
and Potential Changes
October 11, 2018

New Directions: Renewable Energy in a Transforming Environment Webinar Series

Webinar | 09/11/2018
Project Permitting
September 11, 2018

Topics and Trends: Renewable Energy Projects in 2018

Speaking Engagements | September 5, 2018
Chair, Texas Renewable Energy Summit, September 5-7, 2018
Speaking Engagements | August 29, 2018
M&A Survival Guide to Selling the Closely-Held Business

Chauncey Lane spoke on an ABA Business Law Section panel sponsored by the Section's Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

Webinar | 08/28/2018
Site Assembly
August 28, 2018

Topics and Trends: Renewable Energy Projects in 2018 Webinar Series

Webinar | August 7, 2018
Storage, New Technologies and
Demand Response:
Regulatory Outlook and Integration
August 7, 2018

New Directions: Renewable Energy in a Transforming Environment Webinar Series

Webinar | August 2, 2018
Transaction Structuring

Topics and Trends: Renewable Energy Projects in 2018 Webinar Series

Webinar | 06/29/2018
Biogas 101 - June 29, 2018

What Every Generator of Organic Waste Needs to Know:  "Green Attributes" Can Make Biogas Economic for You!

Webinar | June 28, 2018
EPC, O&M and Asset Management Agreements - June 28, 2018

Topics and Trends: Renewable Energy Projects in 2018

Webinar | June 12, 2018
Financing Renewable Energy Developments
June 12, 2018

New Directions: Renewable Energy in a Transforming Environment Webinar Series

Webinar | June 12, 2018
Financing Renewable Energy Developments

New Directions: Renewable Energy in a Transforming Environment Webinar Series

Webinar | May 24, 2018
Transaction Overview
Webinar | May 18, 2018
ERCOT Renewable Energy Market Outlook
May 18, 2018

New Directions: Renewable Energy in a Transforming Environment Webinar Series

Speaking Engagements | September 18, 2017
Chair, Texas Renewable Energy Summit, September 18-20, 2017
News Releases | December 19, 2019
Husch Blackwell Welcomes 22 New Partners

Nearly 60 percent of the firm's 2020 partnership class is comprised of women.

News Releases | September 05, 2019
Husch Blackwell to Sponsor 18th Annual Gas & Power Institute

The Gas & Power Institute presents a full program that covers timely topics relevant to the gas and power industry in light of the changing landscape of rules, regulation, legislation, and environmental requirements.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | July 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Prevails for Enbridge Energy in Land-Use Permitting Dispute

The Court agreed that the relevant insurance statutes prohibited Dane County from imposing the insurance conditions in Enbridge’s permit.

News Releases | July 10, 2019
2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers Names Six From Husch Blackwell

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

News Releases | June 03, 2019
Husch Blackwell Represents Algonquin Power & Utilities in Bermuda Electric Light Company Acquisition

Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in late 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

News Releases | May 01, 2019
Husch Blackwell, TREIA Launch 2019 Texas Renewable Energy Industry Webinar Series

The webinar series will focus on the latest topics affecting the Texas energy industry and customers.

News Releases | April 19, 2019
Husch Blackwell Represents Austin Energy in $460 Million Acquisition of Biomass-Fueled Power Plant

The $460 million transaction is expected to close during the summer of 2019.

News Releases | March 29, 2019
Bob Horn Appointed to MSHRAC Membership

Horn has more than four decades of public and private sector experience.

Media Mentions | March 24, 2019
Safety + Health: Clearing the air on marijuana
News Releases | February 20, 2019
Husch Blackwell Expands Energy Practice in Houston

The arrival of Timothy Million and Randall Rios continues Husch Blackwell’s momentum in the Texas marketplace.

News Releases | December 10, 2018
Husch Blackwell Elects 25 to Partnership
Media Mentions | December 07, 2018
Greentech Media: Watch Energy Storage Summit 2018 Right Here

Ben Kass speaks on a panel entitled "Global Storage - Lessons from International Markets" at the Energy Storage Summit December 11-12, 2018

Media Mentions | December 05, 2018
Wisconsin Law Journal 2018 Unsung Heroes - Joslyn Benrud (VIDEO)

The Wisconsin Law Journal honored 28 Unsung Heroes, including Husch Blackwell paralegal Joslyn Benrud, at an event on December 5, 2018 at the Grain Exchange in downtown Milwaukee. 

News Releases | October 12, 2018
Husch Blackwell Represents Green Plains in Ethanol Plant Divestitures

Husch Blackwell represented one of the world’s leading producers of ethanol in its sale of three plants across three states.

Media Mentions | October 12, 2018
KCUR-FM (NPR): DC Lobbyists Help Congress Consider Kansas City Companies (AUDIO)

Adam Sachs contributes perspective on the ways lobbyists add value to the political system.

News Releases | October 11, 2018
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 28 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell is recognized as a top litigation firm in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, with 28 attorneys across six offices listed.

News Releases | September 05, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 10 Attorneys in 2018 IFLR 1000 United States

Ten Husch Blackwell attorneys have earned rankings in the IFLR 1000, a directory of leading transactional attorneys. The firm also earned rankings in three state jurisdictions.

Media Mentions | August 24, 2018
Houston Business Journal: Husch Blackwell partner gives outlook for 17th annual Gas and Power Institute

Chris Reeder discusses topics of note and how the annual Gas & Power Institute — and the industry at large — has evolved over the past two decades.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 08, 2018
Husch Blackwell's Chauncey Lane Named to Leadership Dallas Class of 2019

Chauncey M. Lane joins the 43rd Leadership Dallas class.

Media Mentions | August 01, 2018
Bloomberg BNA: Coal Company Lawsuits Target Safety Bonus Program Standard (log-in required)

Brian Hendrix comments on a case involving the federal government and coal companies.

Media Mentions | Occupational Health & Safety Reporter
Occupational Health & Safety Reporter: Mining Company Beats Safety Citation (log-in required)

Brian Hendrix comments on the implications of a recent ruling on mine safety.

Media Mentions | May 14, 2018
S&P Global Platts: Previous FERC chairs trade views on pipeline policy, nuclear power credits

James Hoecker comments on hot topics in the gas and power sector during the annual Energy Bar Association meeting.

News Releases | May 11, 2018
Husch Blackwell, TREIA Launch 2018 Renewable Energy Webinar Series

Husch Blackwell partners with TREIA once again to present a webinar series focused on the Texas renewable energy industry.

Media Mentions | February 13, 2018
S&P Global Platts: Grid deserves more attention in US infrastructure plan

James Hoecker comments on the Trump Administration’s $1.5 million infrastructure plan.

Media Mentions | January 29, 2018
Law360: Split Rulings Show Appetite to Change FERC Pipeline Policy (log-in required)

James Hoecker comments on a call to look at changes to the 1999 FERC policy regarding pipelines.

News Releases | December 04, 2017
Husch Blackwell Elects 18 to Partnership
News Releases | November 01, 2017
BL Rankings' Best Lawyers© Recognizes Husch Blackwell with Eight National Tier 1 Rankings in 2018 "Best Law Firms"

Husch Blackwell received recognition as a National Tier 1 firm in eight practice areas in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings released today.

News Releases | October 18, 2017
Husch Blackwell to Sponsor GridNEXT 2017
Media Mentions | September 05, 2017
Bloomberg BNA: Trump Picks Ex-Coal Boss to Head Mine Safety Agency

Henry Chajet says that David Zatezalo “has extraordinary mining experience and expertise."

News Releases | August 15, 2017
Husch Blackwell Places 156 Lawyers in 2018 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 156 Husch Blackwell lawyers in its 2018 directory, breaking the firm’s old record of 151 set last year. The firm also has 10 attorneys listed as “Lawyers of the Year” and 15 lawyers who have made the list for the first time.

Testimonials Robert Tripp, CEO, Benefuel Inc.

“The commercial viability of our biofuel refining technology is made possible through international collaboration among world-class organizations. Husch Blackwell helped facilitate these relationships and the financing necessary to move our projects forward.”

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Testimonials Charles Desmeules, Director—Legal Affairs, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

“Thanks for Husch Blackwell’s help and great work on Phoebe Solar. Innergex would not have been able to do this complex project without you. We greatly appreciated your expertise on construction and real estate matters.”

Read how invested partnerships make a difference
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