Industries & Practices

Energy, Environment & Utilities

Enhancing the vitality of businesses and communities through the strategic management of energy and compliance with ever-changing environmental regulations.

Overview

Today’s energy landscape is rapidly evolving both regionally and globally, exposing tremendous challenges and opportunities for those involved in this industry. Renewable and nonrenewable energy, public and private utilities, and the environment are vital to businesses and communities, and the critical importance of these resources adds legal complexity.

Working from the perspective of both buyers and sellers, Bricker & Eckler has a practice group dedicated specifically to energy law and regularly works through energy marketplace transactions as well as regulatory proceedings to help companies achieve their goals. With a particular focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, we often match manufacturers with next generation energy applications and work to turn environmental liabilities into assets.

Bricker & Eckler is known to be at the forefront of the regulatory proceedings that are shaping the future of energy regulation. We were intimately involved with the creation of Ohio Senate Bill 221 and the implementation of the directives of SB 221 on behalf of numerous clients.

Our energy services prominently include the representation of clients before state and federal regulatory agencies, such as the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Ohio Power Siting Board and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, our firm has extensive experience in the formation and operation of governmental aggregations as well as trade association aggregations.

Our environmental practice focuses on all aspects of environmental law, both state and federal, including counseling on regulatory compliance and litigation before Ohio’s Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC) and state and federal courts.

Types of clients we represent:

  • Manufacturers
  • Real estate developers
  • Municipalities and government agencies
  • Solid waste companies
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Energy companies

Related Industries & Practices

Areas of Focus
Pipelines

As the nation’s energy resources broaden, the expansion of the nation’s energy infrastructure for the safe and reliable delivery of oil and gas via pipelines has become vital. Our attorneys keep up with this ever-changing area of law and work with clients to foresee and resolve regulatory, environmental and enforcement issues that arise during the construction, permitting, operation and maintenance of oil and gas pipelines.

Energy Policy, Regulations & Rate Making

We understand the importance of public policy to achieve success in the energy and utilities market. Continuously monitoring the political climate – and in certain cases driving legislation that supports our clients’ needs – we represent manufacturers, utilities, energy markets, merchant generators and renewable energy developers before various state regulatory commissions. Our clients look to us when they face specialized rule compliance, certification, permitting and siting, reporting compliance, regulatory requirement guidance, policy-making procedures and consumer issues.

Environmental Litigation & Regulations

The hallmark of Bricker & Eckler’s environmental law practice is our array of solid relationships with environmental regulators – from the Director of Ohio EPA to the staff permitting personnel in the field. We have an established reputation with agencies including the Ohio EPA and the U.S. EPA, government enforcement personnel such as the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice, and our colleagues within the Ohio environmental bar. We work diligently to maintain a high level of credibility with these contacts and share these relationships with our clients, so they can achieve their goals when confronted with environmental challenges.

Ohio Power Siting Board

Having worked with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) on several projects worth more than $2 billion collectively, including two of the largest wind farm projects approved in Ohio, Bricker & Eckler has a successful history of providing clients with a wide range of legal services related to the OPSB process. Our team provides precertification services to developers, facilitates meetings and negotiations with the OPSB staff, participates in public and evidentiary hearings, and counsels clients regarding post-certification conditions related to construction and operation.

Telecommunications Law

Trusted by over twenty local exchange carriers on a wide range of matters, we assist clients in obtaining the proper authority to operate in Ohio and counsel clients on operational issues such as interconnection, pricing with incumbent carriers, complying with regulatory requirements and developing tariffs. We also advise and advocate on behalf of competitive local exchange carriers regarding issues stemming from the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and other issues relevant to the evolution of the competitive telecommunications markets and emerging technologies. Our attorneys regularly participate in industry coalitions and have played major roles in the joint efforts taken by these coalitions.

Water & Wastewater

Bricker & Eckler has represented both public and private clients relating to a full range of regulatory issues and proceedings related to water and wastewater. Clients include regional water and sewer districts and municipalities, for which we have handled service area system acquisitions, expansions of service areas, certificate matters, rate cases, accounting cases and environmental enforcement cases. We have also defended against complaints brought by the regulatory agencies under the Clean Water Act and Ohio’s water pollution control statute.

Advanced & Renewable Energy

Understanding both the regulatory structure established by Senate Bill 221 and the opportunities it creates, gives energy companies, manufacturers, hospitals, municipalities and other large energy consumers a key competitive advantage when they participate in the energy marketplace. Bricker & Eckler assists clients throughout the state and country to develop renewable energy projects that will most likely be successful – from financing to negotiation, construction, project development and more.

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Insights & Resources
Resource Centers

Bricker & Eckler is a leader in property assessed clean energy (PACE) Financing and its implementation in Ohio. PACE laws allows property owners to borrow money through governmental loans or bonds to pay for energy improvements to their properties. The resource center explains energy SIDs and PACE financing and demonstrates how these tools can help local governments, industries, businesses or homeowners how to achieve their green energy goals. For more information, please visit our Energy SIDs & PACE Financing Resource Center.

The enormous potential of shale in Ohio and its contiguous states is creating a regional oil and gas “gold rush." This resource center includes a comprehensive array of resources discussing the opportunities, challenges and complexities associated with development of the Utica and Marcellus Shale. For more information, please visit our Shale Resource Center.

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Maria J. Armstrong Maria J. Armstrong Partner
Maria J. Armstrong Partner
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Sally W. Bloomfield Sally W. Bloomfield Partner
Sally W. Bloomfield Partner
Columbus
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Dylan F. Borchers Dylan F. Borchers Associate
Dylan F. Borchers Associate
Columbus
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Aaron M. Bruggeman Associate
Barnesville
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Drew H. Campbell Partner
Columbus
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Flite H. Freimann Flite H. Freimann Of Counsel
Flite H. Freimann Of Counsel
Marietta
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Glenn S. Krassen Glenn S. Krassen Partner
Glenn S. Krassen Partner
Cleveland
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Frank L. Merrill Frank L. Merrill Partner
Frank L. Merrill Partner
Columbus
614.227.8871
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Thomas J. O'Brien Thomas J. O'Brien Of Counsel
Thomas J. O'Brien Of Counsel
Columbus
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Doug Shevelow, P.E. Doug Shevelow, P.E. Partner
Doug Shevelow, P.E. Partner
Columbus
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Dane Stinson Dane Stinson Partner
Dane Stinson Partner
Columbus
614.227.4854
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Matt Warnock Matt Warnock Partner
Matt Warnock Partner
Columbus
614.227.2388
mwarnock@bricker.com