Power Plants and Energy

Power Plants and Energy


The Construction Law Group is the nation’s most knowledgeable about construction projects in the energy industry and what it takes to make them successful. Our lawyers have significant experience in all types of construction projects in the energy industry, working both nationally and internationally with many utilities, coal handling facilities, and other power-generating entities, including nuclear generation.

  • Experience

    Over the last two decades, our construction attorneys have counseled our clients in virtually every area of energy and power-generating construction and technology. The types of projects in which our attorneys are involved include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Flue Gas Desulfurization (“FGD”) Systems
    • Selective Catalyst reduction ("SCR") Systems
    • Heat Recovery Steam Generators ("HRSGs")
    • Low NOx Burners
    • Steam Generators
    • Nuclear Generation, Waste Disposal and Storage
    • Coal Handling Systems
    • Sewage Treatment Systems
    • Gas and Steam Turbines
    • Wind Turbines
    • Solar
    • Boilers
    • Precipitators
    • Control Systems

    A Focus on Avoiding Risks and Disputes

    Our attorneys also provide a full suite of legal services to ensure the best possible outcome for clients. We have prepared and negotiated hundreds of major construction contracts, power purchase agreements, engineering services agreements, material-only and services-and-material contracts, non-disclosure agreements, and other contracts. We believe that a successful project begins long before construction commences, and that the contract is the foundation on which those projects are built.

    The Schiff Hardin Construction Law Group also is at the forefront of the industry with our project controls services, which are crafted to keep projects on time and on budget. Developed and honed in the field over the past two decades, our project controls allow our attorneys to provide real-time feedback to clients on the health and status of their project. The information gathered and analyzed provides critical data that is then used in predicting and solving problems long before they arise. By staying ahead of the curve, the client saves money and has a completed project on time and ready for its intended use.

    Our clients know that our group’s goal is to manage risk head on. Our attorneys recognize that the projects are more than just standard construction projects — they are business investments into their future. We work closely with senior management to help them understand the risks that may arise, always working as a coordinated team to realize the best possible business and legal solutions.

    In the event of a dispute, our attorneys are there, on-site and in the trenches, ready to resolve claims in real time. We take the view that waiting until the end of the project to resolve a dispute can be counterproductive to the client’s business and economic interests. We actively engage in mediation, arbitration or other forms of ADR to work out issues as they arise. This on-the-spot, real-time approach has multiple benefits, including keeping the project on time, reducing litigation costs, and fostering more positive relationships between the owner, engineer and contractor.

    The Value of Continuity

    The attorneys of the Construction Law Group have worked together on energy and utility-related construction projects for many years. That rare blend of longevity, combined with our approach of being involved in a project from beginning to end, provides for successful results and fosters lasting relationships with our clients.

    In many instances, our legal teams will work with our clients for years, assisting them through long-term capital investment periods as they build major energy-related projects for the future. Our clients know the continuity found in our group provides them with significant business and economic value.