Energy (Electrical Power)

Overview

Osler’s top-tier team of power legal professionals — our Group is ranked Band 1 in Chambers Canada, one of the world’s leading legal directories — have represented Canadian, U.S. and international clients on many of the highest profile transactions in the electricity sector. Our unparalleled transactional experience ensures our legal advisors have a cutting edge understanding of the relevant issues and the latest developments.  Osler’s expertise extends to every fuel source, from natural gas, wind, hydro, biomass, solar and nuclear to oil and coal, along with their unique commercial and policy drivers. In short, we understand the complexities of the regulatory frameworks and policy issues facing these industries. This knowledge, gained only through experience, assists our clients in anticipating pivotal developments, and allows clients to leverage Osler’s know-how and connections to plan, execute and complete their projects with the best possible outcome. Regardless of a project’s size, clients come to Osler when the project is critically important to their business.

We get results by working in close partnership with our clients and through our integrated legal team that advises on:

  • Aboriginal issues
  • Interconnection
  • Climate Change and Environmental Impact
  • Corporate structuring and partnerships
  • Power purchase agreements and related off-take arrangements
  • Engineering, procurement and construction contracts and equipment supply agreements
  • Project finance
  • Real Estate
  • Environmental and regulatory approvals
  • Tax

With more than 400 lawyers based in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver and New York, Osler has a cross-border presence that is one of our strengths and enables us to effectively represent U.S. and international companies doing business in Canada. 

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  • SemCAMS Midstream ULC

    SemCAMS Midstream ULC in its 50/50 joint venture with TransAlta Corporation to develop Kaybob South Cogen Facility

  • Hydro One Inc.

    Bennett v. Hydro One Inc. et al

  • BlackRock Real Assets

    BlackRock Real Assets in the sale of its portfolio of Canadian solar plants to Ullico Inc.

  • Kineticor

    Kineticor in its acquisition of a 32MWp cogeneration facility to provide power and heat to Tidewater's Pipestone Gas Plant

  • innogy SE

    innogy SE in its decision to construct two solar projects in Canada

  • Pattern Energy Group Inc.

    Pattern Energy Group Inc. in the proposed sale of its interest in the K2 Wind Project to a consortium of investors led by Axium Infrastructure

  • MaxGen Energy Services Holdings LLC

    Power Factors, LLC in its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Arista Renewable Energies Inc.

  • Greengate Power Corporation

    Greengate Power Corporation in its $100 million strategic co-development partnership with Fengate Real Asset Investments

  • Henvey Inlet Wind LP

    Henvey Inlet Wind LP in the $1 billion financing and construction of the Henvey Inlet Wind Farm

  • TC Energy

    TC Energy in the sale of its Ontario solar portfolio to Axium Infinity Solar LP for approximately $540 million

  • Hydro One Limited

    Hydro One Limited in its offering of $1.4 billion 4.00% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures represented by installment receipts.

  • Hydro One Limited

    Hydro One in its proposed $6.7 billion acquisition of Avista

  • Pattern Energy

    Pattern Energy invests US$60 million in Pattern Development and forms strategic relationship with PSP Investments

  • BluEarth Renewables Inc.

    BluEarth Renewables Inc. in connection with the project financing by National Bank of Canada of a 15MW run-of-river hydro project located near Squamish, British Columbia, being developed by Culliton Creek Power Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables Inc.

  • Kineticor

    Kineticor closed $125 million convertible debt and equity financing commitment from OPTrust and the acquisition of a partially constructed 690 MW cogeneration plant located near Peace River, Alberta from Shell Canada.

  • Emera Inc.

    Emera Inc. in connection with concurrent offerings for $6.2 billion

  • Hydro One Limited

    Hydro One Limited in its $1.97 billion secondary offering of common shares

  • Emera Inc.

    Emera Inc. in its US$10.4 billion acquisition of TECO Energy Inc. and $1.9 billion Bought Deal Offering of Convertible Debentures

  • Hydro One Limited

    Hydro One Limited in its $1.83 billion Initial Public Offering

  • Meikle Wind Energy LP, an affiliate of Pattern Energy

    Development and Financing of the Meikle Wind Energy Project

  • Pure Energies Group Inc.

    Pure Energies Group Inc., in relation to its sale to NRG Energy, Inc., a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of approximately $10 billion.

  • Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

    Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in the new nuclear procurement project in Ontario and refurbishment and retubing contracts for the restart of major nuclear generating stations including Units 1 and 2 of Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Station (Ontario), Point Lepreau Generating Station (New Brunswick), and Pickering A (Ontario).

  • Canadian Hydro Developers 

    Canadian Hydro Developers on the Dunvegan Hydro Electric Project (120 MW) on the Peace River, Alberta.

  • The Government of New Brunswick 

    The Government of New Brunswick in connection with the proposed sale of certain assets of NB Power to Hydro-Québec, including proposed heritage pool power supply and tolling arrangements.

  • HSH Nordbank 

    HSH Nordbank on the financing of Skypower’s Terrawinds Wind Energy Project in Rivière-du-Loup, Québec, and Aeolis Wind Power’s Bear Mountain Wind Park near Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

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Chambers

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers in Business: Band 1, Energy: Power
  • Chambers Canada Awards: Osler named "Energy Law Firm of the Year”
    • "They have in-house expertise in all areas."
    • "They provide high-level strategic advice, as well as detailed technical legal advice, and provide a seamless service across all relevant practice areas."
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Band 1, Energy: Provincial Regulatory – Alberta
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Energy: Provincial Regulatory – Ontario
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers in Business: Band 1, Energy: Power
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers in Business: Energy: Power
    • "Osler’s highly regarded energy group has played an integral role in advising clients in many of the most significant and complex transactions and projects involving Canadian energy companies at home and abroad."

Lexpert

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Energy (Electricity) (Calgary, Alberta)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Energy (Electricity) (Toronto, Ontario)

Benchmark

  • Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards: Energy/Resource Litigation, Firm of the Year (shortlisted)

Legal 500

  • The Legal 500: Energy: Power

Who’s who Legal

  • Who’s Who Legal: Energy

Best Lawyers

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Osler named "Energy Law Firm of the Year”
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Osler lawyers recognized in the area of Energy Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Osler lawyers recognized in the area of Energy Regulatory Law

Expert Guides

  • Expert Guides: The Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers: Osler lawyers recognized as leaders in Energy and Natural Resources