Overview

Energy industry stakeholders face unprecedented challenges in everyday operations as they seek to comply with changing market rules, evolving compliance obligations and potential enforcement actions. Our attorneys have helped managers and general counsel of companies throughout the industry — from electric utilities to municipal and cooperative electric suppliers, electric merchant generators, electric and natural gas marketers, natural gas pipeline operators, and natural gas local distribution companies — meet their regulatory obligations in virtually all aspects of applicable regulatory law.

Our attorneys practicing in the energy field understand the unique, interconnected nature of the industry: a regulator or neighboring utility can be an adversary on one issue or proceeding and an ally on the next. When recommending a course of action, we always recognize the importance of maintaining sound relationships with other members of the industry.

Integrated, Complementary Practice Areas
In addition to assisting clients with traditional regulatory and transactional work, our team members also actively participate in Schiff Hardin’s Corporate and Securities, Finance, Litigation, Construction, and Environmental practices to provide integrated legal services for our diverse energy industry clients.

Schiff Hardin regularly represents clients involved in disputed contract matters as well as those seeking judicial review of regulatory decisions in state and federal courts. The Energy Litigation practice represents energy companies in regulatory and commercial disputes (including class actions) before state and federal courts, through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and in arbitration. The Energy Finance practice represents energy companies and financial institutions (including underwriters) in debt and equity financings, transactional matters and activities in the options, commodities and futures markets.

Energy & Environmental Law Adviser

SEC Says No to Shareholder Proposal, But Climate Disclosure Disputes Are Here to Stay

Earlier this month, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a no-action letter saying that ExxonMobil could exclude a shareholder proposal that called for the disclosure of specific greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets – specifically, targets that correspond with goals outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement. The letter stated that there was “some basis” for... Continue Reading

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Utilities Empowered to Help Shape How Coal Ash is Regulated

Utilities have an opportunity to influence how coal ash is regulated following the EPA’s recent issuance of interim final guidance on state-led Coal Combustion Residual permit programs. MORE

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Does hydraulic fracturing contaminate drinking water?

The EPA just released a draft of its landmark assessment of the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water. More