Competitive and Renewable Energy

Organizations and individuals large and small are demanding clean, sustainable energy sources. And power customers want more control over how they buy energy, and more choice over monopolies that only offer higher-priced alternatives.

We represent renewable and competitive service providers, along with companies and individuals with interests in renewable or competitive energy services. Our work is always adverse to monopoly utilities. In fact, ThompsonMcMullan is one of few law firms in Virginia that does not take work from large energy monopolies, instead choosing to bring our expertise to smaller, competitive, and often innovative players.

Our energy attorneys are well-versed in renewable and competitive energy options, regulated utilities, and even hold a LEED® Accredited Professional (AP) certification to denote our expertise in green building. We help negotiate power contracts for independent power producers, and assist competitive service providers with regulatory approvals. When our clients have problems with or face restrictions from utilities, we work to resolve the issue swiftly and effectively. Working with our appellate group, we can also help our clients preserve victories against monopolies before the Virginia Supreme Court.

Customers of electric, natural gas, and water utilities

In addition to clean and green energy initiatives, we advise customers of electricity, natural gas, and water utilities. We regularly handle cases at the Virginia State Corporation Commission and other government agencies, and in state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth. Our energy team also consults with our firm colleagues in real estate, financing, taxation, construction, litigation, and intellectual property matters to develop strategies and achieve goals for our clients.


We advise telecommunications companies on affiliates act transactions, pole attachment issues, rulemaking proceedings, and legislation impacting cable franchise.

Our Energy and Telecommunications practice includes:

  • Advising energy users that seek to optimize opportunities in PJM interconnection and other load response programs
  • Negotiating for purchasers of green/renewable energy
  • Advising government affairs teams on major energy legislation considered by the Virginia General Assembly
  • Representing local governments, developers, and home owners in public utility commission proceedings involving siting of electric transmission lines
  • Representing customers and competitive service providers opposing tariffs that would eliminate renewable supply options for customers of Virginia investor owned utilities
  • Advising customers, competitive service providers, and solar developers on major energy legislation considered by the Virginia General Assembly
  • Seeking regulatory approvals for certification of competitive service providers
  • Defending competitive service providers in proceedings by incumbent utilities that seek to shut down access to competitive supply options
  • Advocating statewide regulation of electric cooperative pole attachments
  • Seeking regulatory approvals for certificates for competitive telecommunications services
  • Advising cable companies concerning affiliate act applications at public utility commissions
  • Advising on rulemaking proceedings at public utility commissions
  • Negotiating electricity supply contracts for local governments