Industries & Practices
Our energy team is innovative, multi-disciplinary and focused on practical, cost-effective business and regulatory solutions for our clients.
What makes our energy practice unique?
Bricker & Eckler’s energy group is strategically located in energy hotspots throughout Ohio. In addition to the firm’s main office, which is located in close proximity to Ohio’s state government, we have on-the-ground presence in Eastern and Northern Ohio and two offices in the heart of the Utica shale play.
Our team of over 20 attorneys and paralegals includes a former commissioner of the PUCO, the former Master Commissioner of Public Utility Law for the Ohio Supreme Court, and the former Chief Legal Counsel at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, as well as former federal law clerks and congressional aides.
Breadth of experience
From litigation (in federal and state court) to transactional work, our experience is broad and includes representation before regulatory agencies, such as the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), Ohio Power Siting Board, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Bricker energy attorneys regularly collaborate with national firms as local counsel in Ohio on litigation and transactional matters, which often include real estate, regulatory and environmental due diligence in large-scale energy financings.
Our team is at the forefront of the legal and regulatory proceedings that are shaping the future of energy in Ohio and the Midwest. Additionally, we have been nationally and internationally recognized for our technology-based solutions, and are known for our creative fee structures.
Diversity and Inclusion
We recognize and value the importance of diverse and inclusive teams in meeting the needs of our energy clients, and actively promote the use of diverse teams in completing projects for clients.
Types of clients we represent:
- Independent power producers
- Renewable energy developers
- Real estate developers
- Municipalities and government agencies
- Midstream companies
- Telecommunications companies
- Natural gas companies
- Oil and gas exploration and production companies
- Trade associations
"We are a power developer and have very specific needs. Your team has done an excellent job in meeting our needs and helping us to achieve success."
"Bricker & Eckler is using their technology to develop creative solutions to extremely complicated cases."
Large scale solar energy facility
Represented a construction lender as Ohio counsel on a large scale solar energy facility in Brown County, Ohio.More
Legal counsel to natural gas power plants
Provided comprehensive legal counsel to the developers of six natural gas power plants in Ohio (Guernsey Power Station, Oregon Clean Energy Center, Lordstown Energy Center, Middletown Energy Center...More
$2 billion interstate natural gas pipeline project
Our firm currently provides regulatory permitting, land acquisition and litigation support for Enbridge, Inc. and its family of companies with operations in Ohio, including as it relates to the $2 ...More
API government affairs and lobbying activities
Represent API-Ohio, a state affiliate office of the American Petroleum Institute in governmental affairs and policy work before the Ohio General Assembly, the Governor’s Office and related st...More
OMA environmental counsel
Serve as environmental counsel to the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA), providing assistance to trade association members on environmental law matters, as well as government relations in...More
Represent the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC), the country’s largest public retail energy aggregation, on regulatory, transactional and litigation matters in Ohio. Recent work in...More
Ballot issue technology
Using state-of-the-art technology built by the firm, as well as the experience of numerous attorneys, Bricker proved that a controversial ballot issue violated Ohio law, disqualifying the issue fro...More
Natural Gas Pipeline Siting
Assisted three entities in siting natural gas pipeline in Ohio.More
Generation supply siting of approximately 4000 MW
Assisted four developers of combined cycle power plants in successfully siting generation facilities in Ohio totaling approximately 2400 MW. Assisted three wind farm developers in siting approximat...More
Litigation and successful appeal of an electric se...
Represented the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) in multi-year regulatory litigation opposing an energy company’s proposed affiliate power purchase agreement and subsequent distri...More
Areas of Focus
Oil & Gas
We perform transactional due diligence and work with clients to foresee and resolve litigation, regulatory, environmental and enforcement issues that arise during the construction, permitting, operation and maintenance of oil and gas pipelines and exploration and production activities.More
The attorneys in our full-service solar practice advise on real estate matters; permitting matters before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) and other permitting agencies; negotiation of property tax abatements, state and local incentives, and payment in lieu of tax (PILOT) agreements; project finance, including the use of tax-increment financing (TIF) and OAQDA bond financing; negotiation of power purchase and offtake agreements; and disputes relating to the scope and/or validity of leases and easements.More
Ohio Power Siting Board
Our attorneys have extensive experience and deep knowledge of the OPSB process. We have represented the successful certification of over 10,000 MW of new, non-utility generation and dozens of intrastate transmission projects. Our team utilizes a project management approach to support developers through all facets of the siting process, including application preparation, the OPSB investigation, hearings, litigation, and appeals. We understand the interplay of the siting process with other critical project components, including financing and delivery requirements, and work closely with project teams to coordinate the siting process with these milestones.More
The hallmark of our firm’s environmental law practice is our solid relationships with environmental regulators and agencies, including the Ohio EPA, 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.More
Energy Policy & Government Relations
Bricker’s lawyer-lobbyists are continuously monitoring the political climate — and in certain cases driving legislation — to influence the energy-related issues that directly impact our clients. We use firsthand knowledge of election, ethics, lobbying and contracting law to represent clients before various state regulatory commissions. Specific services include specialized rule compliance, certification, permitting and siting, reporting compliance, regulatory requirement guidance, policy-making procedures and consumer issues.More
Advanced & Renewable Energy
One of few firms that practice before the Ohio Power Siting Board, we are intimately familiar with the regulatory structure established by Senate Bill 221 and the OPSB certification process. Within our large and comprehensive practice, Bricker attorneys assist clients in developing renewable energy projects — from financing to negotiation, construction, project development and more. Our team also works on the cutting edge of the transforming energy sector, including energy storage, distributed generation, microgrids and electric vehicle projects.
We work with entities, such as pipeline and public utility companies, in eminent domain proceedings, counseling clients through the right-of-way acquisition process and negotiations and representing them in state and federal court appropriation cases.
We partner with public and private entities to help clients work through regulatory challenges, find creative and realistic funding options, and obtain available incentives at the state and local levels. Our attorneys have unmatched experience guiding clients through all phases and types of property assessed clean energy (PACE) transactions for energy efficiency and alternative energy improvements. We also structure and implement tax-abated and tax-exempt bond financings for energy projects, including serving as bond and issuer counsel to the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority.More
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Overview of the 179D Deduction: Construction of New Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings
The Inflation Reduction Act drastically expanded the already existing Section 179D - Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction. The energy savings threshold to qualify for the deduction was reduced from 50% down to 25%, the maximum value of the deduction per square foot increased from $1.80 a square foot to $5 a square foot, and there is an ability to claim the deduction every three or four years during the life cycle of a building. In this guide you will find a brief overview of what Section 179D entails and how a taxpayer or non-profit entity can seek to maximize its potential applications.More
179D Resource Guide: Alternative Deduction for Energy Efficient Building Retrofit Property
The Inflation Reduction Act drastically expanded the already existing Section 179D - Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction. There is now a specific subsection within Section 179D, subsection (f), that contains rules which specifically apply to the energy efficient retrofitting of commercial buildings. In this guide you will find a brief overview of what this new Section 179D(f) subsection entails and how a taxpayer or non-profit entity can seek to maximize its potential applications.More
Bricker Graydon Earns Best Law Firms Designation Across Multiple Groups & Industries
Bricker Graydon has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in the 14th edition of “Best Law Firms” rankings. The Health Care Law practice earned a “National Tier 2” ranking. In addition, the Corporate Law, Energy Law, Public Finance Law, and Real Estate Law practices earned “National Tier 3” rankings.More Nov 8, 2023
ColumbusCEO Magazine Reveals Top Lawyers of 2023, Noting 22 Bricker Graydon Attorneys
Services to compile a comprehensive list of Top Lawyers who are highly recommended by their peers in the industry. The 2023 list features over 750 individual listings of attorneys who were nominated by local lawyers via a survey of Central Ohio attorney peers.More Oct 26, 2023
Bricker Graydon Attorneys Recognized for 2024 “Best Lawyers” Excellence
A total of 68 attorneys were chosen by their peers for recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. This year’s ranking includes six newly-listed Bricker Graydon attorneys and 10 attorneys designated as “Ones to Watch,” a category for up-and-coming lawyers. And five attorneys have been named 2024 “Lawyers of the Year” for their respective practice areas. Only one attorney in each category is recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in each market.More Aug 17, 2023
Coming to a state near you: Carbon sequestration in Ohio
Carbon capture and storage (CCS), which is also known as carbon sequestration, is a process by which carbon dioxide (CO2) is captured, transported and injected into underground formations for long-term geologic sequestration (GS). The goal of CCS is to utilize technology to reduce CO2 emissions to the atmosphere and mitigate the impacts of climate change.More
Ohio Court Tracker: The Impact of COVID-19
The goal of the "Ohio Court Tracker" is to pull all of that information into one place in order to allow attorneys, judges, court staff and the general public to quickly identify what courts in all 88 Ohio counties are doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.More