The South Dakota Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that substantially clarifies what constitutes a disqualifying conflict of interest under South Dakota law in the context of local zoning.
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What We Do
Fredrikson & Byron has a long history of assisting clients in various energy industries. Our experienced attorneys practice in the oil and gas, renewable energy, utility, transmission and pipeline, and advanced biofuels sectors. We represent domestic and international oil and gas exploration companies, utilities, renewable energy developers, transmission and pipeline companies, ethanol and biofuels producers, as well as financial institutions, banks and private equity companies that invest in energy producing and transporting assets. We also represent manufacturers, service and construction companies that operate within these energy sectors.
Our team of professionals has substantial experience in securing oil and gas drilling rights in North Dakota and surrounding states. We help manage the development and financing of renewable energy projects and fuel producing facilities. We help our clients manage the complex regulatory environment to permit and build new energy generation, transmission lines and pipelines. We assist with all development, financing, joint venture, acquisition and divestiture needs. Our team regularly assists with real estate matters, permitting, commercial and construction contracts, and financing. We represent clients in the acquisition and divestiture of energy assets, service companies and manufacturing operations.
News & Articles
January 15, 2021
Of particular note for the energy industry, the Corps reissued and modified NWP 51 (land-based renewable energy generation facilities) and has split NWP 12 into separate permits.
January 11, 2021
Fredrikson & Byron acted as legal counsel to Renew Energy, Inc. and its subsidiaries in its sale to Takkion Holdings LLC.
IRS Extends Start of Construction Safe Harbor for Offshore Wind and Renewable Energy Projects Located on Federal Land
January 11, 2021
In recognition of the unique challenges developing offshore wind projects and energy projects on federal land, the IRS recently issued Notice 2021-05, extending the Continuity Safe Harbor for “Offshore Projects” or “Federal Land Projects” to ten years.
December 29, 2020
The second round of COVID-19 stimulus that was just signed into law includes extensions to renewable energy tax credits for solar, wind and other renewable energy projects as well as a standalone investment tax credit for offshore wind.
Recent FERC Complaint Filed by Demand Response Aggregator Could Significantly Impact MISO Wholesale Market
November 5, 2020
The nonprofit legal aid organization Earthjustice recently filed a complaint with FERC on behalf of Voltus against MISO.
October 19, 2020
It is not always clear whether materials such as clay, gravel and sand are subject to mineral reservations – or whether those materials belong to surface owners.
September 1, 2020
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently accepted a proposal by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. to revise its tariff to allow for storage facilities to be classified as transmission-only assets in the MISO Transmission Expansion Plan and receive cost recovery under the MISO tariff on the same basis as other MTEP projects.
May 28, 2020
The IRS issued Notice 2020-41 which provides some welcome relief to wind project developers struggling to construct and place their projects in service in the face of construction, interconnection and procurement delays stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 26, 2020
On May 22, 2020, the Iowa Utilities Board opened a rulemaking proceeding that will change 20 years of precedent on siting of wind farms and, for the first time, establish rules aimed directly at siting solar projects and energy storage projects.
May 11, 2020
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued two orders denying rehearing and providing additional clarification of its new Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR)
May 8, 2020
The Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Treasury sent a short letter on May 7 to Senator Grassley, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, that it intends to extend the Continuity Safe Harbor under the existing Treasury guidance for the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit.
April 28, 2020
On April 27, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers filed a motion asking a Montana federal court to partially stay its April 15, 2020, decision vacating Nationwide Permit 12, pending a Corps appeal of that decision.
April 17, 2020
On April 15, 2020, a Montana federal district court issued a decision in litigation arising from the Keystone XL pipeline that vacated Nationwide Permit 12.
July 17, 2019
Fredrikson & Byron acted as legal counsel to Geronimo Energy in its $100 million sale to National Grid Ventures.
May 8, 2019
Fredrikson & Byron attorneys Bret A. Dublinske and Brant M. Leonard captured victories in two separate cases before the Iowa Supreme Court on May 3, 2019.