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Renewable Energy Project Infrastructure and Buildout: Navigating Environmental, Regulatory, and Economic Challenges

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

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Conducted on Thursday, April 11, 2024

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This CLE webinar will provide renewable energy counsel guidance on navigating the environmental, regulatory, and economic challenges of renewable energy project infrastructure and buildout. The panel will discuss critical federal and state law issues that must be considered, managing complex permitting and approval processes and inconsistent policy standards, overcoming technical barriers such as efficient energy storage and infrastructure requirements, financial support mechanisms, and other key issues.


Federal and state initiatives encouraging clean energy have substantially increased the need for renewable energy infrastructure and build-out in furthering those efforts. However, the development of these projects is riddled with environmental, regulatory, and economic challenges. Counsel, developers, and investors must have a firm understanding of applicable federal, state, and local regulations, application requirements, issuance of permits, real estate considerations, zoning and land use issues, and related transactions.

Many states have issued legislation to minimize obstacles to certain clean energy projects by streamlining permit application requirements, establishing timelines for acting on those applications, and limiting local discretion, among other key items. Despite this, many still struggle with navigating environmental challenges and permitting processes, inconsistent policy standards, and financial support, as well as the possibility of litigation over siting decisions.

Counsel must be able to assist clients in understanding federal and state regulations, acquiring necessary permits and approvals, and structuring transactions for renewable energy projects and build-out.

Listen as our panel discusses the current federal regulatory framework, state law considerations, navigating environmental issues, essential contract provisions and deal structures, and other key items for renewable energy infrastructure planning and build-out.



  1. Federal and state regulations
  2. Siting and permitting challenges
  3. Deal structures and key provisions
  4. Incentives and leveraging outside funding
  5. Best practices for counsel


The panel will discuss these and other key issues:

  • Navigating applicable federal and state regulation of renewable energy project infrastructure and build-out
  • Environmental considerations and pitfalls to avoid
  • Acquiring permits and managing challenges in the application process
  • Deal structures and key contract provisions
  • Best practices for counsel in assisting clients in renewable energy project development


Burns, Robert
Robert L. Burns, Jr.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

 Mr. Burns, Jr. is a member of the firm's Energy Section and focuses his practice on environmental law and its...  |  Read More

Howland, Charles
Charles B. Howland

Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle

Mr. Howland is head of the firm’s Environmental Group; co-leads its hydrogen practice; and has an active...  |  Read More

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