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Future Energy

Armstrong Teasdale LLP’s Future Energy Group, a team of lawyers from different practice areas, provides one-stop shopping to clients facing the rapidly changing business environment in the energy sector including regulations, climate change, sustainability and other environmental concerns. Our team helps clients achieve compliance, find solutions and discover opportunities while protecting the earth’s natural resources and developing cleaner and more efficient energy sources.

Our lawyers’ knowledge encompasses such areas as real estate and land use, natural resources, eminent domain, corporate governance and compliance, raising capital, construction contracts, labor and employment, insurance, intellectual property protection, litigation and tax.

That means our team can help energy and green tech companies and other clients understand current laws and proposed state and federal legislation addressing climate change and carbon emissions so they know what to expect. For example, we know the EPA is pressing forward with carbon reporting requirement, a necessary precursor to a cap-and-trade program. Also, the SEC is focusing on disclosures related to climate change.

Because intellectual property is the cornerstone of many future energy initiatives and business strategies, we are actively involved in assisting clients acquire, manage, license, develop, defend and assert their rights in all forms. We have filed patent applications, drafted licensing agreements, and written clearance, right-to-use, and non-infringement opinions for a wide variety of fields related to alternative energy, clean/green technology and carbon reduction. These technologies are being applied to conserve the natural environment and resources and to curb the negative impacts of human involvement.

We also have the technical background and experience to advise companies operating in the clean technology sector. Team members work with clients who need to increase energy efficiency, reduce waste and lessen the environmental impact of energy development, population growth and industrial practices.

Our professionals monitor the latest development in energy and green house gas management and publish advisories on these developments that are available on this website.

AT Environmental, a subsidiary of the firm, is experienced in the type of complex transactions and risk management vital to the emerging climate change industry. Headed by George von Stamwitz, AT Environmental helps clients access environmental risk transfer solutions and integrate those solutions into their broader business goals. AT Environmental has compiled a team of professionals with training and deal experience in environmental law, finance, insurance, environmental consulting and real estate.

Representative Clients

  • Abengoa Bioenergy
  • Akermin
  • AmerenUE
  • Ameresco
  • Buckeye Pipeline Company
  • Center Ethanol
  • Eagle Marine
  • Entergy
  • First Climate
  • General Electric Company
  • Kelson Holding, LLC
  • Missouri Energy Initiative
  • Northeast Missouri Green Processors
  • Oxbow Energy and Mission Energy
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Southwest Gas Corporation
  • Tatanka Resources
  • Town of Pahrump, Nevada

For additional information or questions, please contact one of our Future Energy attorneys.

Practice Highlights

Represented Centene Corporation in the development of Centene Plaza, an environmentally friendly mixed-use complex in the central business district of Clayton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. The project, which includes a 17-story office tower, features a green roof and will be the region’s first and only multi-tenant office that is Gold LEED certified. Representatives of the firm’s real estate and public finance group have worked together in conjunction with the development, zoning, public incentives and financing for the $200,000,000 project that is expected to be completed in June 2010.

Served as local counsel to a manufacturer of electricity producing wind turbines in connection with the sale and maintenance of two wind turbines for the Fort Hayes State University campus in western Kansas.

Prepared patent applications for a General Electric Co. subsidiary to be used with electrical vehicles, including applications for a billing system, a portable solar charging unit and a system used to optimize the driver’s energy usage.

Represented St. Louis Community College in a bond issue to finance the construction of Harrison Center, a LEED certified 31,000 square foot building containing classrooms, an art studio, a multipurpose room, student commons and administrative support space. St. Louis Community College estimates the Harrison Center, expected to be completed in March 2010, will cost approximately $10,500,000 and intends to use approximately $5,000,000 of proceeds of the bonds to pay such costs.

Provided legal services to a privately held company in connection with the commercialization and development of a production process in which biomass can be converted into a carbon based product. This product can be used to remediate pollution-causing emissions arising from power generation. Armstrong Teasdale currently supports the client in efforts to perfect the conversion process, expand sales throughout the U.S. and develop additional conversion facilities.

Served as underwriter’s counsel in Southwestern Illinois Development Authority’s issuance of $22.6 million in solid waste disposal revenue bonds to finance buildings, improvements, machinery, equipment and related property used to process solid waste produced by a new ethanol plant.

Represented a major public utility in the negotiation and documentation of a landfill gas purchase agreement and related ground lease for a landfill-gas-to-electricity facility in Missouri. This facility will take advantage of methane gas produced by the decomposition of trash in the landfill to fuel turbines and generate electricity. The ground lease allows for the installation and operation of the power generation plant immediately adjacent to the landfill.

Represented a renewable energy firm that arranges the financing and installation of photovoltaic solar panels for affordable housing projects and educational and civic institutions. These projects draw on unique combinations of public and private funds, including federal investment tax credits for solar power, new markets tax credits, and state and local incentives for renewable energy.

Prepared and prosecuted patent applications globally on solar panels, solar cells, batteries, wind turbines and wind power generation, photovoltaic batteries, waste recycling, biofuels, fuel cells, clean coal/gasification, transportation and power generation fuel efficiency improvements, home appliance efficiency improvements, concrete formulations, and smart grid technology. We have also filed trademark applications for companies seeking to promote their products as "green" or "clean".

We are experienced in prosecuting and defending nuisance claims, including having procured a $5.2 million verdict in a nuisance case on behalf of property owners near an animal confinement facility, believed to be the largest nuisance verdict ever obtained in the State of Missouri. Nuisance claims often can arise out the use of energy technologies, including even green technologies like wind.

Advised the Midwest operations of a full-service carbon assessment, management, investment and trading company with long-standing operations in the European Union.

Reviewed and analyzed wind farm leases.

Negotiated and drafted conservation easements, in which landowners give up certain rights to their property, restricting future development and use in exchange for certain tax benefits. Similar grants may be used to secure marketable carbon offset/credit.

Assisted a company in connection with becoming licensed under the U.S. Biomass Crop Assistance Program and in structuring and entering into agreements with the sellers of biomass under such program.

Represented ReVenture Park, a future energy development in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is the most ambitious Brownfield/energy project in the country. Armstrong Teasdale lawyers navigated through challenging CERCLA and RCRA remediation issues while assisting in the development of wind farms, a biomass plant and a wastewater treatment facility. The result is that previously unaffordable Brownfield projects can now be profitable.