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Helping to Lead the Charge in Energy Issues and PoliciesThe energy sector is undergoing major transformations. Emerging technologies, rising demand, environmental changes and regulatory developments promise to reshape not only how we harness and use energy, but economies as well. In the midst of these exciting changes, energy industry players—from traditional producers to renewables and cleantech companies—are looking for ways to strengthen their enterprises and increase performance, opportunities and growth.
Manatt’s Energy & Natural Resources practice has broad and deep experience in dealing with the complex and diverse issues—as well as the substantial opportunities—facing energy and natural resources industries today. We represent clients that cover the full spectrum of energy and natural resources, from production to consumption and all the steps between, as well as industry proponents and opponents, applicants and interveners.
Our attorneys include former energy industry executives, as well as government and legislative officials with experience in energy policymaking and regulations, who bring knowledge and understanding of the business and political realities of the industry.
We have been at the forefront of virtually every legal issue and policy decision affecting the energy and natural resources industries in the last ten years. Our team has a proven track record in successfully handling a broad range of matters, including:
A Public Policy and Regulatory PowerhouseSupporting our energy team’s efforts is Manatt’s recognized and highly respected Government and Regulatory Practice, providing government relations and policy development activities that are crucial to energy and natural resources clients. From our offices in Washington, D.C., and major state capitals, like Albany and Sacramento, we are advocates for clients in legislative and administrative hearings, rulemaking and regulatory proceedings, and legislative lobbying and analysis. We also facilitate strategic planning, government contracts, permits and entitlements.
In addition to helping clients navigate the regulatory maze, we work to anticipate, shape and leverage the dynamic body of law regulating the energy industry. Our team also currently plays an active role in matters concerning climate change, alternative fuels, energy-related stimulus dollars and energy taxation.
Plugged Into Every Aspect of the Energy IndustryOur clients are leaders in the energy arena, covering everything from electric power, natural gas, oil and coal to renewable energy, such as wind and solar power. We combine practical, real-world solutions with forward-thinking, proactive counsel to help our clients successfully understand and respond to developments in the energy industry and achieve their business objectives.
Electric PowerOver the years, Manatt has built a well-developed practice covering traditional generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, cutting-edge technologies and business matters. Our attorneys have represented investor-owned electric power utilities, municipal utilities that deal with electric power such as irrigation districts, cogenerators and cogeneration projects, independent power producers, and have handled matters regarding transmission and distribution issues and projects.
Our attorneys have represented all industry segments in negotiating power purchase agreements, transmission-related agreements—including those with the California Independent System Operator—and every form of contract and tariff used in the industry. We also represent utilities in a broad range of land-related issues, including eminent domain and condemnation matters for power companies such as PG&E.
On the other end of the energy spectrum, Manatt assists large consumers of energy to control and reduce their energy costs. Our work includes helping negotiate and draft purchase agreements, assess utility rates and charges, and examine facility purchasing and hedging strategies.
Natural GasManatt attorneys represent all segments of the natural gas industry: production and processing, interstate, intrastate and international transportation and commerce, distribution and marketing, as well as planning for more efficient consumption. In addition to providing a broad range of legal services, we have been involved in numerous state, federal and international regulatory and lobbying efforts on behalf of our natural gas industry clients.
Our practice is not limited to local matters between regulated entities and consumers, but is engaged in cross-border matters as well. We have been involved in matters as diverse as major LNG import projects, such as that proposed by BHP Billiton for the West Coast, and Canadian matters as diverse as distribution infrastructure in Nova Scotia and major transportation projects such as the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System.
PetroleumManatt has deep and particular experience in dealing with the sensitive environmental and regulatory concerns involved in petroleum production, refining and marketing. We are focused primarily on the refining industry, including water, truck and pipeline transport, regulatory matters affecting transportation and local issues of utility service to such refiners; but also work closely with our Environmental Practice Group since many of our clients’ matters often involve major permitting and environmental regulation issues, requiring a high degree of environmental regulatory, legislative and litigation experience.
Our clients include major petroleum refiners and marketers such as Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company and Kern River Refining Company, and we have also represented oil companies on royalty matters before the Minerals Management Service, as well as drafted numerous leasing and production-related agreements.
Alternative Energy and Renewable ResourcesGreen is growing. As the effort to reduce greenhouse gases has increased, Manatt has been at the forefront of efforts to develop clean and renewable energy resources. Our work in this area includes major projects for solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and other areas in the global effort to provide clean and efficient energy.
Project and product development, as well as energy efficiency programs, have dominated our efforts, particularly in the field of solar energy. We have represented a broad range of solar industry clients, large and small, ground- and rooftop-mounted, that work with energy providers, integrators and owners. Our representation includes power purchase agreements and solar lease contracts relating to project development, corporate mergers and acquisitions, licensing and implementation of sustainability plans, and contracts for the lease or sale of solar units to homeowners.
Our clients include companies such as Applied Materials, SunWize, GroSolar and SunEdison, as well as large domestic and Chinese solar panel manufacturers. We also advise the County of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District in energy consumption and energy efficiency programs. In the biomass arena, our lawyers have drafted long-term and complex agreements involving all facets of biomass projects.
The practice is interdisciplinary in approach, often calling upon our firm’s depth in corporate formation and governance, complex transactions and financing. It also often requires in-depth knowledge with multiple and evolving regulatory and legislative efforts that engage our strengths in regulatory and governmental affairs.
WaterWater, particularly in the West, is a major issue—and Manatt has been a player in the deep end of the industry for decades. We represent major elements of the complex water industry, primarily in the state of California, but with far-reaching connections to other areas of the country.
Our clients include the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, “Class A” investor-owned water utilities regulated by state agencies, such as California American Water Company, small investor and municipally owned water utilities and irrigation districts, as well as major project developers regarding water supply and other issues. Our attorneys are also involved in cutting-edge issues such as water projects for the desalinization of seawater and cleanup of areas such as Mono Lake.
Coal and Hard Rock MiningOur professionals have a breadth of experience in representing coal producers and consumers. We have particular experience in coal policy-related issues, surface mining and reclamation, transportation and taxation. We also counsel large industrial energy consumers that use coal as their primary energy source on cost-reduction and environmental strategies. We represent companies mining copper, gold, aggregate and other materials in entitlements, air quality matters, water quality, resources, MSHA and litigation.
Energy Industry Transactional StrengthEnergy industry companies are among the most capital-intensive businesses in the world, and Manatt attorneys have assisted them with every major type of transaction, ranging from financing, acquisitions and dispositions to special due diligence issues and restructuring of energy assets. Among the major deals we have handled are:
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