Renewable Energy: What Every General Counsel Needs to Know

June 20, 2011
Brenda Hustis Gotanda, Dan Reiter and Brett Slensky
Association of Corporate Counsel "Quick Counsel"

Whether a client is interested in generating, using, purchasing or selling renewable energy, it is critical for corporate general counsel to understand the broad array of environmental, regulatory, and transactional legal issues raised in the renewable energy context so as to be able to guide the client through the process in a manner that maximizes potential opportunities while avoiding potential pitfalls. While different types of renewable energy present issues unique to the generation technology, there are also many issues in common across technologies. This article highlights several of the macro-level legal issues common to many renewable energy technologies, and which may have significant impacts on project outcomes and client goals.

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