Legal assistance – Renewable Energy and Infrastructure

Wikborg Rein offers full service support on legal issues arising in the renewable energy and power sectors and regularly advises on hydropower, wind power, electricity grid, district heating and other sustainable energy projects. We act for a broad range of clients in these sectors, including power companies, international investors, suppliers and contractors, lenders and other players within the power market.

We pride ourselves on our long experience within the energy sector, enabling us to provide commercial, practical and progressive advice. Wikborg Rein is ranked by clients and rating firms as a leading law firm in Norway in the renewable energy sector.

Our team of energy specialists assists in all phases of renewable energy and power projects and has particular experience in the negotiation of contracts for the development of power production and distribution. We regularly assist our clients in negotiations of contracts with turbine suppliers and other contractors. Wikborg Rein has also assisted several Norwegian and international parties with physical and financial PPAs.

Our lawyers have significant experience with all legal matters relevant to transactions and dispute resolution related to power production and distribution.

The extensive experience of our energy team, combined with Wikborg Rein's expert knowledge in most disciplines, allows us to meet the energy sector's entire need for legal services on high-value matters, including:

  • Investment and project development in wind power, hydropower, district heating and power grid projects
  • Licensing and regulatory framework related to power production, including questions under the Energy Act, the Waterfall Rights Act, the Watercourse Regulation Act and the Water Resources Act
  • Regulatory framework for grid management and power sales, including questions under the Energy Act and other relevant regulations
  • Real estate matters, including easements, water rights and real property rights
  • The impact of EU regulations on the Norwegian energy sector.
  • Renewable energy financing
  • Power purchase agreements (PPAs)
  • Development agreements, including turbine supply agreements, contracts for civil works and electrical works
  • Share purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, shareholders' agreements, joint ventures and other transaction agreements
  • Taxation of the power sector
  • Renewable energy and infrastructure

    2021

    Read our Offshore Wind Update November 2021

    In this newsletter we focus on the regulatory backdrop which is essential for the deployment of commercial offshore wind projects in Norway, as well as within the EU. We also address practical and legal issues in ­relation to financing and profitability as well as technology and supply chain development. We have included articles regarding offshore wind development in jurisdictions outside of Norway and the EU as well.

  • Renewable energy and infrastructure, Shipping Offshore, Ocean Industries, Sustainability

    2021

    From East Anglia to East Asia: A commercial perspective on the development of offshore wind in Taiwan and further afield

    Alex Hookway, a Senior Lawyer in Wikborg Rein's Renewables Team, sat down with Sam Stout, Managing Director of Colebrook Offshore1 in London. They discussed the current status of offshore wind in the Asia-Pacific, the (sometimes painful) lessons learned from the early wind farms in Taiwan and further afield, and what's next for wind energy in the region.

  • Renewable energy and infrastructure, Shipping Offshore, Ocean Industries, Sustainability

    2021

    Coming of age, what to do with mature wind farms? extend, repower or decommission?

    At a time when many nations are expecting an explosion of new leasing rounds to meet the gap left by the phasing out of fossil fuels (and in some jurisdictions, nuclear power), it might seem odd to consider the ‘end of life’ options for wind farms – whether lifetime extension, repowering or decommissioning. However, wind turbines have an operational lifetime of 20-25 years. For the original offshore developments in the North Sea, this may be shorter as technology, fabrication and construction knowledge has developed rapidly over the past 20 years.