Industry

Renewable Energy

Our team has the experience and expertise to help clients successfully navigate the complexities of this shifting landscape.

Renewable energy is Canada’s fastest growing power source as interest and investment in projects involving hydro, solar, wind, biogas, biomass, geothermal and energy storage continue to rise internationally.

As the industry evolves, so do the legal and regulatory requirements associated with the permitting, development, financing and construction of renewable energy projects. Osler’s Renewable Energy team has the experience and expertise to help clients successfully navigate the complexities of this shifting landscape.

Osler’s Renewable Energy team, a core component of our widely recognized and highly respected Energy Group, advises on all aspects of permitting, developing, constructing, financing, operating and transacting for renewable energy projects across Canada and internationally. We act for various levels of government, developers, contractors, generators, transmission and distribution companies, municipal and provincial power utilities, lenders and underwriters, public and private investors (including pension funds and private equity funds), and energy marketing and trading companies.

Clients choose Osler for our ability to provide end-to-end coverage on the legal issues facing their renewable energy projects including:

  • Power purchase and other renewable energy project agreements (including private PPAs)
  • Corporate structuring, tax planning and optimization
  • Equity and debt financing
  • Project non-recourse financing
  • Regulatory compliance, market regulation and tariff matters
  • Energy permitting
  • Real property and land use planning
  • EPC and balance of plant agreements
  • Environmental attributes
  • Emissions reduction purchase agreements
  • Renewable energy credit purchase agreements
  • Transmission and distribution, regulatory compliance and commercial aspects
  • Renewable energy credit purchase agreements
  • Aboriginal rights, consultation and commercial arrangements
  • M&A and joint venture agreements
  • Dispute resolution and litigation

Our work puts us at the leading edge of the market, allowing us to help our clients navigate the complexities of today’s renewable energy industry and economic environment domestically and in foreign jurisdictions. We regularly speak, write and provide commentary on renewable energy issues and we are active members of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA).

Key Contacts

Jacob A. Sadikman

Partner, Commercial, Toronto

Vivek Warrier

Partner, Corporate, Calgary


Representative Work


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Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Energy: Power (Band 1); Energy: Provincial Regulatory – Alberta (Band 1); Energy: Provincial Regulatory – Ontario
    • “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 Awards 2020: Named “Projects & Energy Law Firm of the Year”
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in 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.”
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Energy: Electricity (Calgary, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario)
  • The Legal 500: Recognized in Energy: Power (Tier 1)

In the Media

  • Osler News Nov 13, 2023

    Energy-transition metals spur dealmaking across the mining industry in Canada – Lexpert

    Along with the greater interest in the mining sector for energy transition metals are broader economic trends.

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  • Osler News Sep 25, 2023

    22 Osler lawyers recognized in Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2023

    Osler is proud to announce that 22 of our lawyers are featured in the Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2023, recognizing leading lawyers in the oil and...

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  • Osler News Mar 20, 2023

    Vivek Warrier joins Osler’s Energy group in Calgary as a partner

    Osler welcomes new partner Vivek Warrier to the firm’s Energy group in Calgary.

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  • Osler News Feb 22, 2023

    Deirdre Sheehan joins Osler’s Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental practice in Calgary as a partner

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