Energy (Renewable)

Overview

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 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

  • TransAlta Renewables Inc.

    The underwriters in the $150 million bought deal offering of TransAlta Renewables Inc. common shares by way of a prospectus supplement filed on June 15, 2018.

  • 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

  • TransCanada Corporation

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

  • Pattern Energy

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

  • Meikle Wind Energy LP, an affiliate of Pattern Energy

    Development and Financing of the Meikle Wind Energy Project

  • 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.

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Chambers

  • Chambers Canada Awards, 2018: Osler named "Energy Law Firm of the Year”.
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers in Business, 2016-2019: Band 1, 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."
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019: Band 1, Energy: Provincial Regulatory – Alberta.
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019: Energy: Provincial Regulatory – Ontario.
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers in Business, 2013-2018: 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, 2018: (Calgary, Alberta) Osler ranked in the area of Energy (Electricity) practice as Consistently Recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017-2018: (Toronto, Ontario) Osler ranked in the area of Energy (Electricity) practice as Consistently Recommended.

Legal 500

  • The Legal 500, 2018: Energy: Power.

Who’s who Legal

  • Who’s Who Legal, 2016: Energy.

Best Lawyers

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2012-2019: Osler lawyers recognized in the area of Energy Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2014-2019: 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, 2018: Osler lawyers recognized as leaders in Energy and Natural Resources.