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 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 eight 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
Ryan Baron

Ryan Baron

Of Counsel

(949) 263-6568

Areas of Focus: Air Quality | Municipal | Renewable Energy | Special Districts | Water Quality
Robert Hargreaves

Robert Hargreaves

Partner

(760) 837-1604

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Renewable Energy | Water
Todd R. Leishman

Todd R. Leishman

Of Counsel

(949) 263-6576

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Public Agency Litigation
Sarah E. Owsowitz

Sarah E. Owsowitz

Of Counsel

(925) 977-3308

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Renewable Energy | Water
Glen W. Price

Glen W. Price

Partner

(951) 826-8314

Areas of Focus: Business | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Intellectual Property | Real Estate | Renewable Energy | Special Districts
Event Sep 26-27, 2017

Growth: The Leadership Conference for Special Districts

2017 CSDA Annual Conference

Event Sep 23, 2017

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APA California Chapter Conference

Event Sep 6, 2017

Community Choice Aggregation: Soup to Nuts

Sustain OC Educational Forum

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

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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

Event May 5, 2017

Land, Air and Water: Navigating Complex Environmental Issues in the Inland Empire

State Bar of California Environmental Law Section

Event Mar 20, 2017

Community Choice Aggregations: A New Option for Local Governments

Association of California Cities-Orange County

Event Mar 3, 2017

Advanced CEQA Workshop (Costa Mesa)

Association of Environmental Professionals

Event Feb 28, 2017

Advanced CEQA Workshop (Riverside)

Association of Environmental Professionals

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

Ryan Baron, Of Counsel, Answers in Tax Notes

Former County Counsel Ryan Baron Joins Environmental Law Practice Group
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Former County Counsel Ryan Baron Joins Environmental Law Practice Group

BB&K Welcomes Baron as Of Counsel

Event Nov 2, 2016

Intro Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Finance Course

Council of Development Finance Agencies Training Institute

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Sustain OC Annual Conference

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Four New California Cap and Trade Bills Fund Programs

$900 Million in Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016-17

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

Extended Deadlines Provide Greater Certainty for Projects

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

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

California Governor Signs Legislation Establishing Significant New Energy Goals
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California Governor Signs Legislation Establishing Significant New Energy Goals

Law Sets Standards Aimed at Addressing Climate Change

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The Great Energy Debate

Southern California Energy Summit

New Law Requires Cities and Counties to Expedite Their Permitting Processes for Small Residential Rooftop Solar Systems
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New Law Requires Cities and Counties to Expedite Their Permitting Processes for Small Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Cities and Counties Must Enact New Solar Permitting Ordinances by Sept. 30, 2015

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BB&K Attorneys Among Top 70 in Coachella Valley

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Best Best & Krieger Launches BBKnowledge

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