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Alternative Energy and Fuels

Imagination drives innovation – and it’s never been more clear than the worldwide quest for alternative or renewable sources of energy and fuel. From the largest manufacturing facilities in the world to neighbors’ basements, companies everywhere are developing new, cleaner ways to fuel the future and preserve the environment. As technology and innovation bring new means to power everything from automobiles to an entire city, regulation and litigation often follow. Porter Wright helps companies avoid the obstacles to innovation that often block the road to success. Some specific examples of our creative approaches are:

  • Coordinated economic development tax credits for construction of a cogeneration unit recently recognized by the U.S. EPA as a leading initiative of its kind in the nation 
  • Provided counsel on carbon credit certification standards, how the standards apply to client operations, and contractual issues in allocating the credits among participating entities, leading to a cross industry collaboration project on carbon emissions reduction
  • Assisted with amendments to Ohio's 2008 energy policy legislation (SB 221) to include "fractionation" of "solid waste" within the definition of "renewable energy resource" for Ohio's new renewable energy portfolio standards. As a result of this amendment, innovative technologies that reduce waste and produce a clean renewable fuel are now available as means of compliance with the legislative policy goals
  • Negotiated financing and purchasing agreements for a state-of-the-art fuel oil recycling facility which is now able to return used oil to a virtually clean base product

Alternative energy may be a young industry, but Porter Wright has successfully represented companies in and around the sector for years. Before the major federal environmental statutes were even enacted our attorneys were working with utilities and manufacturers on environmental issues. Now, we’re helping companies find the resources to capture industrial heat and create cogenerated power. As public and private collaborations have led to innovations, our attorneys have helped create license agreements to bring products to market and have assisted with protection of intellectual property rights with patent applications. We have counseled manufacturers as their labor force expanded and helped find tax and economic development incentives for companies looking to jump start their operations.

We understand the hurdles and the legal issues that accompany innovative thinking. We understand how important it is for your business to spend less time on the obstacles and more time on imagination.