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Energy and utilities

Energy and utility laws regulate the development, construction, and operation of power generation facilities. Energy and utility laws deal with public gas and water utilities, competitive energy suppliers, small power producers and other wholesale electric generators, utility holding companies, municipal utilities and entities, industrial customers, and utility consumer groups. The energy and utility industries are highly regulated and difficult to navigate, so a lawyer who specializes in energy and utility laws can be very helpful.

Legal practice in the energy industry involves economic, scientific, and engineering issues in a regulatory context. For instance, energy lawyers may work with companies and public utilities to handle the taxation of energy (such as "extraction taxes"), to procure licenses and ownership rights for energy-rich land, and adjudication regarding these energy rights. It is highly unlikely that consumers would consult with energy attorneys.

Terms to Know

·         BTU: A British Thermal Unit (BTU) is a measure of the heating value of a fuel. It is the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.

·         Distribution: For natural gas, it is the act of distributing gas from the city gate or plant to the customer. For electric, the act of distributing electric power using law voltage transmission lines that deliver power to retail customers.

·         Environmental Impact Statement: The statement required of federal agencies by Section 102(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, for major federal actions that may significantly affect the quality of the human environment.

·         Hydropower Re-License: A major or minor license issued by the Commission that authorizes the licensee to receive a new license term for an existing licensed project. The new license term may be from 30 to 50 years.

·         Fracking: Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing -- forcing water and chemicals, at a very high pressure, into shale rock deposits deep in the ground.  

Common Work of Energy Attorneys

Energy law attorneys specialize in the energy business and work with power companies, municipal utilities, and all manner of energy producers. Much of their work involves compliance, or making sure energy companies and other involved parties are following the proper laws and regulations. Since energy extraction can be quite dangerous and potentially harmful to the environment, there are numerous safety and environmental regulations.

Additionally, energy lawyers may help energy companies secure financing and develop new projects. Energy discovery and extraction requires massive amounts of capital and often crosses international borders. Energy law attorneys also represent companies involved in litigation or arbitration.

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Michael Robert McKinley
Michael Robert McKinley
3

1107 W Marion Ave Unit 111, Punta Gorda, FL 33950-5372

Bar #275247(FL)     License for 1979 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Business | Contracts and agreements | Corporate and incorporation | Energy and utilities | Government contracts | Government | Health care | Real estate
Mary Elizabeth Keating
Mary Elizabeth Keating
2

215 S Monroe St Ste 601 Gunster, Tallahassee, FL 32301-1804

Bar #22756(FL)     License for 1994 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Energy and utilities
Richard Stephen Brightman
Richard Stephen Brightman
1

Po Box 6526, Tallahassee, FL 32314-6526

Bar #347231(FL)     License for 1982 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Energy and utilities
Ricinda Hope Perry
Ricinda Hope Perry
1

1519 Riverview Lane, Bradenton, FL 34209-1442

Bar #556831(FL)     License for 2002 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Energy and utilities | Federal regulation | Government contracts | Government
Chris Steven Coutroulis
Chris Steven Coutroulis

4221 West Boy Scout Boulevard, Suite 1000, Tampa, FL 33607-5780

Bar #300705(FL)     License for 1980 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Antitrust and trade law | Business | Class action | Energy and utilities
Harvey W Gurland, Jr.
Harvey W Gurland, Jr.

201 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3400, Miami, FL 33131

Bar #284033(FL)     License for 1979 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Energy and utilities | Intellectual property | Litigation
John Harry Haswell
John Harry Haswell

211 N.E. First Street, Gainesville, FL 32601-5367

Bar #162536(FL)     License for 1973 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Commercial real estate | Corporate and incorporation | Energy and utilities | Real estate | Trusts | Wills and living wills
Marcy Norwood Lynch
Marcy Norwood Lynch

121 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 840, Orlando, FL 32801

Bar #86053(FL)     License for 1996 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Antitrust and trade law | Energy and utilities | Litigation
Matthew John Feil
Matthew John Feil

215 S. Monroe St., Ste. 601, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Bar #822744(FL)     License for 1989 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Energy and utilities | Land use and zoning
Michelle Diffenderfer
Michelle Diffenderfer

515 N. Flagler Dr., Ste. 1500, West Palm Beach, FL 33401-4327

Bar #50016(FL)     License for 1995 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Energy and utilities | Land use and zoning

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