BackEnergy and Utilities Practice

Nelson Mullins' Energy and Utilities team attorneys have experience in advising electrical and pipeline providers on legal matters ranging from rate-setting, tax incentives, financing, environmental compliance and permitting (including greenfield facilities and expansions), transactions and acquisitions, regulatory proceedings, transportation contracts and rail access, disputes and licensing, rate-setting, governmental affairs, land use and zoning, by-product regulation, leases, and joint ventures.

Our clients include quasi-governmental agencies, local co-ops, co-generation operations, private utilities (both electric and gas), nuclear plants, communication service providers, waste-to-energy processes, and financial institutions providing capital and services to energy projects/industries.

Lawyers from practice groups throughout the Firm come together in project teams to provide a range of services from advising clients on regulatory compliance, governing statutes' requirements, enforcement defense, tax matters, dealings with regulatory agencies, including state public utility commissions and federal and state environmental agencies, FERC, as well as litigation matters before the administrative tribunals and the courts.

Our experience with environmental matters affecting the utility, waste-to-energy and pulp and paper industries (many of whom operate co-generation facilities), allows Nelson Mullins to advise clients on renewable energy, recycling, cap and trade, and climate change or "global warming" issues. Our trial experience on licensing, permitting, contract, rate-setting, and even radioactive waste transport and storage allows the Firm to add value to all counseling matters.

Specifically, we have counseled clients on energy projects including use of used oil as fuels, landfill gas projects, pipeline construction and permitting, gas terminal siting and permitting, financing and re-financing of co-generation projects, raw material procurement issues, permitting of greenfield electric utility projects, NSR enforcement actions, real estate transactions and related zoning and land use issues, acquisitions and mergers, tax matters and rate-making issues, FERC compliance, communication tower matters, communication line installation, waste disposal and recycling (including radioactive and mixed waste issues), and permitting requirements for peaking facilities.

Nelson Mullins' lawyers routinely represent many of the major electric utility providers in the Southeast, and have for decades.