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Climate Change

Meeting climate change head on.

Repositioning for Climate Change

Bernstein Shur’s Climate Change Group is on the forefront of addressing the challenges of climate change with our clients in New England, nationally and across the world.

Preeminent Clean Energy Practice

Bernstein Shur is the preeminent climate and clean energy practice in Northern New England and serves clients throughout the United States. With deep experience in the finer points of solar, wind and gas generation, merchant generation and transmission, and distributed resources, our energy group regularly leads the charge on clean energy projects, grid scale to distributed. We’ve represented more energy clients on wind and solar projects that any other firm in Maine and New Hampshire and are regularly called upon for work in other U.S. regions.

In addition to serving hundreds of clean energy clients, we counsel stakeholders and decision-makers on detailed energy policy around grid modernization from Maryland to Minnesota to Maine.

Business and Tax transactional counseling

From greenhouse gas offset deals to inking a complex generation development and financing to business restructuring, our attorneys are involved in matters across the U.S. increasingly involving climate risk mitigation.

We provide general strategic advice to clients on climate risks including change of law risk, liability trends, and how to position their businesses for challenges and opportunities in meeting climate change head on. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is once again updating its guidance for addressing climate risk for publicly traded companies, and we are on it. As clients work to mitigate climate change, we provide advice on how to structure transactions to maximize the benefits of tax credits and state initiatives for clean energy projects.

Governmental Affairs in Maine and New Hampshire with a national presence

Our representatives have deep ties in the State Houses of Maine and New Hampshire. On a national level, we have strong contacts with the Biden Administration White House and the energy and environmental agencies. Our governmental affairs team has particular expertise in media outreach, and our attorneys have advised clients in half of the U.S. capitals in recent years on climate related energy and environmental issues.

Environmental and Municipal

Bernstein Shur’s exceptional environmental practice assists clients in mitigating climate impact costs, planning for the future, and legal and governmental consideration in the balance of current needs and longer-term costs risks.

Regulatory risk looms large in certain jurisdictions, including changes in law and regulation. Our team includes a former Maine Environmental Commissioner, former Public Utility Commissioner, and one of the founding members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a national leader in clean energy and climate mitigation discussions.

Litigation and Construction liability

Liability for failing to plan or account for climate impacts is already the subject of much litigation. Responsibility for climate impacts, mitigation and adaptation will be decided in state and federal courts as well as legislatures. Our litigation expertise is substantial—with unsurpassed depth in industry liability nationally recognized and available should the need for litigation arise.

Representative Matters

Our Climate, Energy and Litigation attorneys have successfully managed matters in:

  • The United States
  • The United Kingdom
  • India
  • The Dominican Republic
Our Expertise Includes
  • Understanding of the regulated utility and non-incumbent challenges
  • Knowing the intersections of wholesale markets, utility systems with emerging retail services up to FERC regulation
  • Natural gas plant development

Our practice includes:

  • Counseling on integration of carbon regulation and state renewable procurements with related energy, renewable credits, capacity and other markets
  • Development, transactional and compliance counsel for solar, wind, battery and gas projects throughout the region
  • General Counsel for a major regional transmission merchant developer