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Siting and Permitting for Energy Projects: Legal Challenges and Managing Risks

Understanding Siting and Permitting Constraints Beyond Simply the Environmental

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

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Conducted on Wednesday, April 13, 2022

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This CLE course will help renewable energy infrastructure project developers and their counsel understand and navigate the challenges involved in siting and permitting such facilities. The panel will discuss critical risks and considerations during the various stages of a project, overcoming difficulties in siting and permitting, addressing public opposition and outreach, understanding environmental concerns, and other items impacting energy projects.


Despite increasing demand for renewable energy, renewable energy infrastructure project developers often are met with siting and permitting opposition due in large part to the remote and sensitive locations of renewable resources.

Such developers and their counsel must not only navigate a battleground between federal, state, and local authorities to obtain siting and permitting approval, but also must consider public opposition by strange bedfellows – market competitors (both renewable and non-renewable), NGOs, state legislators, and old-fashioned NIMBY opponents.

Listen as our authoritative panel of legal specialists examines the complex factors that impact site selection, as well as the issues that arise both before the local, state, and federal permitting bodies and in the public discourse. The panel will also discuss environmental and other issues impacting permits for renewable energy facilities and offer their approaches for siting and permitting renewable energy projects.



  1. Site selection
  2. Siting and permitting authority
  3. Environmental and other issues that impact permits for energy facilities
  4. Strategies for siting and permitting


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What approaches can developers and their counsel use to limit risks associated with siting and permitting an energy facility?
  • What are the practical aspects of community and stakeholder outreach?
  • What steps can developers and their counsel take to manage the coordination between federal, state, and local authorities?


Gilbreath, Lisa
Lisa A. Gilbreath

Pierce Atwood

Ms. Gilbreath is a partner in the Environmental, Land Use, and Energy Infrastructure Development, Acquisition &...  |  Read More

Heiple, Bonnie
Bonnie L. Heiple

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Ms. Heiple focuses her practice on environmental, energy and natural resources law. She advises clients on a wide range...  |  Read More

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