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Renewable Energy & Sustainability

A Global Leader in Renewables

Bracewell has one of the world’s largest dedicated clean energy legal teams and has been at the forefront of developments and innovations related to renewable energy and sustainability. Solar, wind, biomass, hydropower, and hydrogen — all are vital parts of the energy transition. These renewable sources — combined with carbon capture, energy storage, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices — involve complex legal, financial and regulatory issues that we are well-positioned to address due to our depth and vast experience. 

Our global team advises on complex renewables projects at every stage of development. Our experience across the solar, wind and hydroelectric power sectors is complemented by the strengths of our regulatory, environmental, restructuring, tax, litigation, and government relations teams.

We represent sponsors and developers, lenders, governments, private equity and infrastructure funds, service companies, and contractors. Our extensive experience across the renewable energy spectrum has set the standard in the market for legal and transactional excellence. Leading companies in the renewables space — including Alcazar, Competitive Power Ventures, Engie, Equinor, Fotowatio Renewable VenturesHarmony Energy, Invenergy, Marubeni, Sol Systems, Total Solar, and Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners — rely on Bracewell’s thorough knowledge of the issues that impact today’s energy markets.

Global Recognition for Excellence

At the core of our renewables and sustainability practice are lawyers who have dedicated their careers to working in the energy industry. Our broad energy platform is widely recognized for excellence globally, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Africa, and in every practice area related to renewable energy and sustainability. 

  • Chambers Global ‒ Africa Projects and Energy; Middle East Projects and Energy; UK Energy Sector (International and Cross-Border); USA Electricity – Regulatory and Litigation; USA Electricity – Transactional; USA Energy Sector (International and Cross-Border); USA Projects – Power and Renewables Transactional
  • Chambers USA – Nationwide Climate Change; Nationwide Electricity – Regulatory and Litigation; Nationwide Electricity – Transactional; Nationwide Environment; Nationwide Projects – Power and Renewables Transactional
  • Chambers UK – UK Projects
  • IFLR1000 – UAE Project Finance; USA Project Finance; UK Project Development – Power; UK Projects
  • Legal 500 US – Energy Regulatory – Conventional Power; Energy Transactions – Conventional Power; Energy Transactions – Renewable/Alternative Power; Environment – Regulatory; Environment – Transactional; Government Relations

They are commercially minded and have a strong sense of the energy market.

Legal 500 UK, 2021

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Market-Leading Engagements Throughout the World

We have been involved in market-leading renewables projects across multiple global jurisdictions.

  • Alcazar Energy on the 1.8 GW Benban Solar Park in Egypt 2017 Global MLA Deal of the Year, PFI Awards
  • Alcoa Power Generating Inc. in the sale of four hydroelectric power plants with an aggregate capacity of 215 MW located on the Yadkin River in North Carolina to an affiliate of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
  • Arabia One For Clean Energy Investments, a project company formed by Hanwha Engineering & Construction Corporation, Ennera Energy and Arabia Trading and Consulting Company) in the project development and financing of the Arabia One project, one of seven solar photovoltaic projects in Jordan (called the “Seven Sisters”) procured in Round 1 of Jordan’s renewable energy program 2014 Middle East Renewable Deal of the Year and 2014 Middle East Overall Project of the Year, IJGlobal Middle East
  • Basalt Infrastructure Partners II LP in the acquisition of Detroit Renewable Energy LLC, an integrated renewable energy system comprised of Detroit Thermal, Detroit Renewable Power and Hamtramck Energy Services
  • Eni S.p.A. in its £405 million acquisition of 20 percent interest in the Dogger Bank (A and B) 2.4 GW offshore wind farm project from Equinor and SSE  the largest offshore windfarm in the world
  • Equinor on the 816 MW Empire Wind Offshore Wind Farm – the first large-scale offshore wind lease in New York State – Projects Deal of the Year Finalist, 2020 IFLR United States Awards
  • First Reserve Corporation in a long-term hedge arrangement to enable the acquisition and financing of the 298 MW Kingfisher Wind Project located in Oklahoma – 2015 Commodities Deal of the Year, Commodity Business Awards; 2015 Financial Deal of the Year, Platts Global Energy Awards; 2016 Deal of the Year, Energy Risk Awards
  • Fotowatio Renewable Ventures in the development of the 55 MW Mets Masrik power plant the first utility-scale solar plant in Armenia