Energy & Utility Law

Genova Burns’s Energy & Utility Law Practice Group consists of attorneys who possess substantial knowledge and in-depth understanding of energy and utility law, policy, and regulation. Our team has experience not only in the energy industry, but with state and federal agencies, including the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This knowledge, understanding, and experience allows us to help our clients plan and achieve their goals.

Our practice touches upon all aspects of federal and state energy and utility regulation, as it applies to

  • Producers of traditional and clean energy
  • Regulated and deregulated utilities
  • Third party suppliers
  • Local government entities
  • and large commercial and industrial energy users.

Our attorneys, with experience representing the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, other state and local government agencies, as well as private clients, have expertise with:

  • Complex rate cases
  • Rate setting
  • Wholesale water agreements
  • Infrastructure siting
  • Easements
  • Licensing
  • initial and amended tariffs
  • municipal consents
  • and other regulatory submissions.

Members of our Energy & Utility Law Practice have been instrumental in the development, drafting, interpretation, and implementation of statutory and regulatory regimes; they possess the ability to assure clients with insight, access, and advice on dealing with highly regulated areas of the law. Together with our Business Law & Commercial Transactions Group, we are ready to assist clients with a full range of business services, including mergers, acquisitions, and other changes of control, as well as drafting and reviewing commercial agreements for regulated industries.

Our attorneys have a unique understanding of clean energy programs and policy as well as real experience working on renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Our attorneys have also assisted various local government authorities with renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. Our skills in these areas include:

  • Initiating and coordinating energy audits
  • Project finance
  • Infrastructure development
  • Siting
  • Grant qualification
  • Federal tax credits
  • State incentives (including netmetering)
  • Qualification for solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) under the 2012 Solar Act
  • Federal and state regulatory compliance matters
  • and power purchase agreements (PPAs).

Complemented by the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group, we also counsel energy clients on federal and state environmental and climate change policy.

In addition, members of our Energy & Utility Law Practice Group serve as General Counsel to several large water and sewer utilities within the State of New Jersey. In their capacity as General Counsel, our attorneys have become familiar with the various federal, state and local statutes and regulations that control day to day operations at these authorities, which allows our attorneys to provide efficient and effective representation to these entities.