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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.

In addition to clean and green energy initiatives, we advise public utilities and other regulated industries with advisory services and counsel, including providers of electricity, natural gas, and water. 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.

Our Competitive and Renewable Energy 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 and developers in public utility commission proceedings involving siting of electric transmission lines
  • Negotiating purchase power contracts for independent power producers

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