Practice Areas

Sustainability: Energy and Green Development

Energy efficiency, resource conservation and economic growth are not necessarily mutually exclusive goals. Achieving all of these goals has become a top priority.

Businesses and governmental entities that position themselves to pursue sustainable energy and development practices—often referred to as “green” practices—realize financial, societal, and operational rewards. 

Balancing environmentally-friendly measures with economic reality, however, can be a challenge. It is an unsettled landscape:  the standards used to guide such projects continue to evolve. Conflicts may arise between goals, and tough decisions must be made.

At Christian & Barton, the Sustainability group is an interdisciplinary team of attorneys with backgrounds in real estate, environmental resource, public financing, taxation, energy, construction, litigation, and intellectual property matters. This team helps clients develop and implement sound practices for the following:

  • green building design, construction and operation for new and renovated facilities
  • impact and feasibility of LEED®, Green Globe, ENERGY STAR®, and other third-party certifications
  • land development, zoning and proffers
  • environmental due diligence
  • resource conservation, including reclamation, recycling, and re-use
  • project financing, tax credits and incentives
  • renewable energy credits
  • public and private entity purchases and sales of green energy
  • alternative energy system development and operation, including hydroelectric, solar, wind, biomass, biofuels, and waste to energy projects
  • transmission line and utility facility siting
  • contract drafting and negotiation
  • environmental and natural resource permitting
  • contract dispute litigation
  • intellectual property protection for innovative technologies
  • public benefit funds
  • regulatory and legislative advocacy
  • renewable portfolio standards
  • alternative energy rate design
  • utility and developer dispute resolution
  • transmission interconnection, including PJM
  • distributed generation
  • net energy metering
  • qualified facilities (QFs), combined heat and power, cogeneration and small power producers