Renewable Energy

Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan supports the growth of renewable energy, and provides representation in areas critical to developing clean energy policy and achieving California’s renewable energy and climate change goals.

Our firm represents not only renewable energy developers and providers and their trade associations, but also purchasers and investors in renewable projects. Our experienced attorneys help renewable energy facilities obtain a certification from the California Energy Commission or a conditional use permit from a local agency. For facilities located on federal lands, our attorneys can assist in obtaining a right-of-way (ROW) grant from the Bureau of Land Management. We have a successful track record in providing counsel and assistance to clients navigating unprecedented, complex challenges in the siting of large-scale renewable energy facilities, including coordinating permitting and review by the California Energy Commission pursuant to its Certified Regulatory Program under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the Bureau of Land Management under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

In addition to our siting work, Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan’s attorneys have substantial experience in a variety of other matters essential to supporting renewable production, including work with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and other transmission authorities on interconnection of remotely located renewable power plants.

Our attorneys have decades of experience negotiating, drafting, and, when applicable, securing regulatory approval of various wholesale and retail energy transactions, including long-term power purchase agreements for renewable energy pursuant to California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program, on behalf of power producers as well as load-serving entities. The firm participates in policy development and compliance-related matters on behalf of clients involved in renewable energy development before the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, and other public entities.

Our Energy Practice Group is also at the forefront of Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policy and regulatory issues, including eligibility criteria and compliance for eligible renewable energy resources, and RPS procurement and compliance issues faced by load-serving entities and their customers pursuing sustainability goals.