Energy & Sustainability Industry Team

Butzel Long's Energy Practice reaches to the core of the critical issues facing clients ranging from early stage companies to established enterprises in the business of generation, transmission and distribution of energy and in the development of energy projects, including alternative energy products and technologies. We also provide counsel on energy-related matters for our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and financial sectors.

In addition, we often assist clients in indentifying and pursuing opportunities presented by evolving energy-related public policy. We excel at helping clients bring projects and products to market and figuring out creative ways to finance projects and structure energy-related investments.

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  • Plasma Gasification License
  • Coal slurry processing
  • Represented client in venture fund with preferred stock investment in distributed technology energy companies
  • Oil & Gas Lease
  • Purchase agreement for a nuclear energy plant
  • Represented provider of infrastructure services to the electric utility, gas, power and telecommunications markets in a lawsuit. We enforced restrictive covenant to the fullest extent and recovered majority of attorney fees.
  • Co-Generation EPC Contract
  • Represented our energy client's venture capital fund in preferred stock investments
  • Represented Wind Turbine Manufacturer in choice of entity, intellectual property issues and corporate matters
  • Acquisition of wood burning generating assets
  • Acquisition of project developments permits and related assets
  • Represented subsidiary of major utility in acquisition of advanced technology company
  • Represented energy company in its acquisition of all the equity interests of a cable project
  • Auction of facilities
  • Represented publicly-held utility holding company in proposed $3 billion acquisition by private equity investors.
  • Acquisition of a portfolio of generation assets from and energy company
  • Represented subsidiary of major utility company in acquisition of coal mine methane rights, leases, gathering compression and pipeline assets
  • Alliance energy acquisition
  • Power sales agreements
  • Sale of equity interests and power generating assets
  • Represented client regarding patent matters, entity reorganization and joint venture for solar structures
  • Represent solar and windmill energy company for tax incentives, pilot projects and sale for residential use
  • Certified electrical distributors acquisition
  • Represented energy company in development, land purchase, equipment purchase and tax incentives for wood pellet manufacturing
  • Represent company in the sale of highly contaminated gas station, conversion to drugstore while remediating contamination.
  • Represented biomass division of major utility company in $36 million (equity and debt assumption/ restructuring) acquisition of landfill gas-to-energy company
  • Assist with the purchasing, contracting, bonding, construction and permitting of two ethanol plants
  • Represented subsidiary of a major utility and its affiliates in the acquisition of stock and membership interests in various non-regulated affiliates of utility company
  • Asbestos personal injury cases
  • Product Development
  • Representation of CEO of energy company in connection with derivative claims for breach of fiduciary duty based on alleged self-dealing
  • Acquisition of iPower
  • Represented provider of infrastructure services to the electric utility, gas, power and telecommunications markets in a lawsuit.
  • Acquisition of membership interests
  • Represented our client in connection with sale of 49.9% of its stock and an option to sell the rest of its stock to an electric company; transaction value approx. 1.8 billion
  • Alternative energy product distribution
  • Coal, synfuel and feedstock supply agreements
  • Represented a publicly-traded diversified resources company in the acquisition of two gas utilities for a total of aproximately $800 million.
  • Oil & Gas Lease
  • Assisting with the construction, financing & permitting of ethanol plants in two locations in a northern area of Michigan
  • Represented LG Chem in the acquisition of land, obtaining various government grants and tax incentives and the drafting and negotiating of the construction contract for a $303 million advanced lithium ion battery manufacturing facility.
  • Advised bond insurer for Michigan higher education facilities authority on various aspects of bond and environmental issues
  • Energy marketing and trading venture
  • Bid for generation assets
  • Coal mine permit acquisition
  • Sales tax/use tax litigation; summary judgment for taxpayer
  • Seed Investments: R&D Collaboration
  • Represented credit union in sale of contaminated property and cost recovery against Texaco
  • Equity financing of a power transmission project