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
Ohio Supreme Court: Eminent domain just compensation trials for electric transmission line easements must wait while necessity of appropriation on appealMore
FirstEnergy’s push into the power broker/aggregator market draws opposition in Ohio and PennsylvaniaMore
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