Renewable Energy

The continued development and viability of renewable energy projects received two major boosts in late 2015: the extension of federal renewable energy tax credits; and a favorable proposed ruling by the California Public Utilities Commission on net energy metering. However, the pressure is still on to plan and construct renewable energy projects in the next five years, as it is clear that the goal of Congress is to phase out tax credits, while public utilities continue to lobby for fees and limitations on connecting renewable energy to the grid. 

Best Best & Krieger LLP assists private developers, landowners and public agencies throughout California to permit and build dozens of solar PV, wind, geothermal, biogas and cogeneration facilities. These facilities range from utility-scale projects to rooftop and local self-generation and energy efficiency programs. BB&K is a leader in advocating for clients in the California legislature and at the CPUC.

With nearly 200 attorneys across nine California offices, we know the laws and the enforcement agencies that are critical to permitting renewable energy projects in each region of the state, and we possess the local connections and practical experience to efficiently and cost-effectively navigate clients through their legal and regulatory challenges. 

Comprehensive Service
BB&K attorneys counsel clients on all aspects of renewable energy projects, including:

  • Site control, land acquisition, permitting, land use, development and construction, leasing and design-build projects
  • Environmental laws, such as the federal and state endangered species acts, NEPA and CEQA compliance, among others
  • Availability of water resources 
  • Negotiation of project contracts, including energy services contracts, power-purchase agreements and interconnection agreements with utilities
  • RFP/RFQ process for public agencies
  • Project finance, investment and tax structuring, rebates, tax credits and incentives 
  • Dispute resolution before regulatory bodies and in courts at all levels
Areas of Focus: Air Quality | Renewable Energy | Special Districts | Water Quality
Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Renewable Energy | Transportation | Water
Areas of Focus: Business | California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Mergers & Acquisitions
Areas of Focus: Business | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Intellectual Property | Real Estate | Renewable Energy | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Renewable Energy | Transportation
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BB&K Partner Ryan Baron Advising Calif. Cities on CCA Energy Path

Orange County Cities Seeking Guidance, According to News Reports

Authored Articles & Publications Apr 30, 2019

"California Water," Third Edition

Eric Garner’s Updates to Text on Historical, Legal and Policy Issues Affecting California Water Use

Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2019

CPUC Proceedings of Note: PG&E Restructuring, Undergrounding and Wildfire Mitigation

Public Agencies Will Be Impacted by Various Actions

Press Releases Sep 18, 2018

BB&K Attorney Ryan Baron Serving on the California Lawyers Association Board of Representatives

Appointed by the Public Law Section

Authored Articles & Publications Jul 27, 2018

Rise in CCAs in Cities Reshaping California Electric Business

Ryan Baron Weighs the Community Choice Aggregation Question for Cities in PublicCEO

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 01, 2018

New Laws Part II: 2018 Ushers in Changes to Land-Use, Development Laws


Feb 23, 2018

[WEBINAR] Building a Solar Energy Project in 2018

BB&K Environmental and Special Districts Law Webinar Series

Legal Alerts Dec 04, 2017

CPUC Reopens TOU Grandfathering Grace Period Eligibility

Public Agencies Must Submit Application by Dec. 31

Press Releases Jun 07, 2017

Five BB&K Attorneys Included on Palm Springs Life 2017 Top Lawyer List

Coachella Valley’s Best Lawyers Recognized in Magazine’s Annual List

BB&K In the News Jun 06, 2017

Community Choice Aggregation and Other Green Job Creators

BB&K Attorney Ryan Baron Discusses Green Jobs in California with the Society for Human Resource Management

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 17, 2017

Is Tax Law the Most Efficient Way to Promote Sustainable Energy?

Ryan Baron, Of Counsel, Answers in Tax Notes

Press Releases Dec 28, 2016

Former County Counsel Ryan Baron Joins Environmental Law Practice Group

BB&K Welcomes Baron as Of Counsel

Press Releases Oct 05, 2016

Two BB&K Partners Named Among 100 Influential Leaders in San Diego

Partners Warren B. Diven and Shawn D. Hagerty Recognized by The Daily Transcript

Legal Alerts Oct 05, 2016

Four New California Cap and Trade Bills Fund Programs

$900 Million in Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016-17

Legal Alerts Jan 06, 2016

2016 Will Be a Happy New Year for Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Extended Deadlines Provide Greater Certainty for Projects

Legal Alerts Dec 22, 2015

California’s Solar Energy-Friendly Policy Survives... For Now

CPUC Will Take Comments on a Proposed Decision on Net Energy Metering Tariff

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