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California Renewable Energy Permitting: State Laws, Regulatory Highlights, Requirements, and Pitfalls to Avoid

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, May 6, 2021

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This CLE course will provide renewable energy attorneys an in-depth analysis of the requirements and challenges of obtaining permits for California's renewable energy projects. The panel will discuss California's current renewable energy landscape, the permitting process for solar, wind, and battery storage, and key considerations for energy businesses, project developers, manufacturers, and utilities.


Technology advances, government incentives, energy supply concerns, and other factors have created a robust climate for California's renewable energy development. However, despite advances toward streamlining the siting and permitting process, projects must obtain various environmental, land use, and regulatory approvals and navigate a wide range of complex legal issues.

Demand for energy, availability of funding, and concerns over climate change have shifted focus to renewable energy development. However, in California, the locations and sensitive environment of renewable resources make siting and permitting renewable energy facilities difficult and can take years to complete.

Counsel must consider various risks in planning a renewable energy facility to expedite the process and navigate federal, state, and local authorities smoothly to obtain siting and permitting approval.

Listen as our authoritative panel of legal specialists examines the factors involved in the siting and permitting of California's renewable energy projects. The panel will also discuss environmental issues impacting permits and offer their approaches for siting and permitting renewable energy projects.



  1. Renewable energy landscape in California
  2. Key considerations in site selection and permitting for public or private lands
  3. Federal, state, and local authority and regulatory roadblocks
  4. Environmental issues that impact permits for renewable energy facilities
  5. Strategies for siting and permitting


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the recent developments impacting the siting and permitting of renewable energy in California?
  • What factors must a company and its counsel consider when selecting a site for a renewable energy facility?
  • What are the key infrastructure concerns to resolve before a renewable energy facility can proceed?
  • What environmental issues will impact obtaining a permit for a renewable energy facility?
  • What approaches can counsel for developers and property owners use to site and permit a renewable energy facility in California?


Mudge, Anne
Anne E. Mudge

Cox Castle & Nicholson

Ms. Mudge is one of California's leading siting and permitting lawyers for land use development and utility-scale...  |  Read More

Weiner , Peter
Peter H. Weiner

Paul Hastings

Mr. Weiner heads the firm’s Environment and Energy Practice. He represents renewable energy companies, real...  |  Read More

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