Energy Facilities Siting & Licensing Practice Area

Experience certifying and licensing nearly 30,000 megawatts of electric generation and more than a thousand miles of transmission lines and pipelines.

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Since its founding in 1979, Hopping Green & Sams has represented clients across Florida in obtaining the federal, state, regional, and local environmental and land use approvals required for the construction, expansion, and operation, and maintenance of energy facilities.

As a result, we have participated in shaping and implementing energy policies at all levels of Florida government. We work closely with clients on a project’s development, construction, and operation with the objective that it can be carried out economically and in full compliance with applicable regulations.

Our clients include public and private utilities, natural gas and oil companies, and renewable and other energy developers.

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Our experience in licensing large scale energy infrastructure throughout the state is unrivaled.

Our lawyers have worked with the Power Plant Siting Act, Transmission Line Siting Act, and Natural Gas Transmission Line Siting Acts since their legislative enactment. We have helped to certify projects at over twenty-five power plants under the Power Plant Siting Act, totaling nearly 30,000 megawatts. We have also licensed over 700 miles of transmission lines under Florida’s Transmission Line Siting Act, and more than 1,100 miles of natural gas pipelines. Our experience also includes handling need determination proceedings before the Florida Public Service Commission.

Our decades of experience allow us a unique and valuable perspective in navigating the complex regulatory processes accompanying the development, construction, operation, and maintenance of large-scale energy infrastructure projects. We work with clients early in the site and routing selection processes to identify potential issues and assist clients in developing strategies to accomplish their goals.

Large-scale energy infrastructure projects require a coordinated effort to consider local government, water use, water discharge, air quality, solid and hazardous waste, listed species, state-owned lands, and other substantive issues. In working with clients to obtain necessary approvals, we draw on our experience in other practice areas to build teams of specialized lawyers with the necessary expertise to effectively, economically, and timely work through any issues that may arise. Our key relationships with local government and agency personnel allow us to negotiate and work toward positive results for our clients.

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