Energy (Renewable)


Renewable energy is the fastest growing power source as interest and investment in renewable energy projects involving hydro, solar, wind and biomass continue to rise across Canada and internationally. As the industry evolves, so do the legal and regulatory requirements associated with the development and financing 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 developing, 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 electric 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 hydro, wind, solar and biomass renewable energy projects including:

  • Power purchase and other renewable energy project agreements
  • Corporate structuring, tax planning and optimization
  • Equity and debt financing
    • Project non-recourse financing
  • Regulatory compliance
  • EPC and balance of plant agreements
  • Environmental attributes
    • Emissions reduction purchase agreements
    • Renewable energy credit purchase agreements
  • Transmission, 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

Osler is the only law firm to have acted for the Ontario Power Authority (which merged with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in 2015) on Ontario’s Feed-In Tariff Program documents at the inception of the program.  This work, together with Osler’s experience as procurement counsel on other key developments in the electricity space, is an advantage to our clients. We offer unparalleled institutional insight into Ontario’s forms of power purchase agreements and other procurement contracts for electricity resources, the manner in which they are administered by the IESO, as well as the complex policy dynamics among the various government agencies and other stakeholders involved in these projects.

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 Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).


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  • Pattern Energy

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

  • Enbridge Income Fund

    Enbridge Income Fund on the acquisition of three wind power projects (71 MW) in Western Canada: SunBridge, Magrath and Chin Chute.

  • Greengate Power Corporation

    Greengate Power Corporation on all aspects of the development of the 300 MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project and the sale of the Blackspring Ridge Project to Enbridge Inc. and EDF EN Canada Inc.

  • Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners 

    Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of the 10 MW Stone Mills Solar Park, in Napanee Ontario from Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. and the long term debt financing in respect of such project by The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company. 

  • SunEdison

    SunEdison on its utility-scale, ground-based Ontario solar PV facilities, including project financing, M&A, EPC Contracting and PPA management - recently completing simultaneous EPC arrangements, project financing and sale of project entities for the Sandhurst, Rutley and Norfolk 10 MW projects to Firelight Infrastructure Partners L.P.

  • Pattern Energy Group LP and Samsung Renewable Energy

    Pattern Energy Group LP and Samsung Renewable Energy in connection with their joint venture wind developments including land acquisition, turbine supply agreements, interconnection agreements and project finance matters, and for Pattern Energy on the development of the 138 MW St. Joseph Wind Farm in southern Manitoba, including power purchase agreement and interconnection agreement with Manitoba Hydro, negotiation of the EPC Contract with Mortenson and the Turbine Supply Agreement with Siemens.

  • Northland Power

    Northland Power in connection with construction and development matters on its 60 MW McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm in Ontario developed under the OPA’s Feed-In Tariff Program and on construction and equipment supply matters on its portfolio of ground-based Ontario solar PV facilities.

  • Firelight Infrastructure Partners L.P. 

    Firelight Infrastructure Partners L.P. on the equity financing for the 34 MW Amherst wind farm in Nova Scotia being developed in partnership with Sprott Power, on the equity financing for the 24 MW Ostrander Point wind farm in Ontario being developed in partnership with Gilead Power, on all development and operational aspects of the 51 MW Dalhousie Mountain wind farm project in Dalhousie, Nova Scotia and on all aspects of the acquisition and development by its affiliate, Firelight Solar L.P.

  • Nautilus Solar Canada Limited Partnership

    Nautilus Solar Canada Limited Partnership on the development of its portfolio of 250 kW and 500 kW rooftop solar PV facilities under the OPA’s Feed-In Tariff Program, including real estate matters, PPA management and negotiation of EPC contracts with AGT Solar.

  • Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg

    Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg in respect of project finance matters for the 10 MW Arthur Wind Farm project owned by Schneider Power and other wind farm projects in Ontario.

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  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers in Business, 2016-2018, recognized in the area of Energy: Power.
    • "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."
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2010-2017, Calgary, Alberta, Osler ranked in the area of Energy (Electricity) practice as Repeatedly recommended.
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017, Toronto, Ontario, Osler ranked in the area of Energy (Electricity) practice as Consistently recommended.
  • The Legal 500, 2015-2017, recognized in the area of  Energy: Power.
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers in Business, 2013-2017, recognized in the area of 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."
  • Who’s Who Legal, 2016, recognized in the area of Energy.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2012-2016, Osler lawyers recognized in the area of Energy Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2014-2016, Osler lawyers recognized in the area of Energy Regulatory Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015, Osler’s Environmental Law Group Toronto, Ontario  Repeatedly recommended.