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Energy Real Estate

Overview

Traditional electric utilities and alternative energy companies encounter a variety of real estate and infrastructure development needs. Whether assisting on day-to-day right of way acquisitions, property management issues or counseling clients on new, large-scale energy production facilities, our commercial real estate and infrastructure development attorneys provide energy clients a complete, turnkey service solution to their real estate legal needs in North Carolina and South Carolina. Our clients include:

  • Electric utilities acquiring rights of way and property for substation sites, power transmission lines and support facilities
  • Wind energy companies assembling land in eastern North Carolina to develop new power generation facilities
  • Solar companies developing new facilities on raw land and on existing structures and buildings
  • Biomass energy production companies converting a variety of biomass fuels to electricity
  • Natural gas pipeline company building out its network of propane distribution from natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionaters and refineries to customers nationwide
  • Manufacturing and distribution companies installing on-site, natural gas refueling stations for alternative fuel motor vehicle fleets
  • Public transit agencies acquiring and utilizing electric hybrid and natural gas vehicles and developing refueling stations and vehicle support infrastructure

Featured Experience

In addition to negotiating long-term leases, easements and purchase contracts for land and right of way acquisition, we have extensive experience negotiating and addressing issues unique to our energy clients:

  • Railroad service, side-track, encroachment, grade crossing and new infrastructure agreements with Class I and short line railroads
  • Road and highway infrastructure development agreements with state departments of transportation
  • Partnerships with city and county governments to develop new or expanded facilities utilizing publicly owned land to enhance economic development opportunities
  • Property management issues relating to right of way and facility encroachments by adjoining landowners and dispute resolution of conflicts that arise from inconsistent, adjoining land uses
  • Condemnation of right of way and property for electric utility providers
  • Stormwater, traffic, site plan and subdivision issues affecting energy production and distribution facilities
  • Integration of energy production and transmission facilities in urban and suburban areas
  • Assistance with public relations and grassroots efforts to mitigate opposition to and build support for new energy facilities
  • Assembly and coordination of multidisciplinary project teams that include surveyors, local title counsel, civil engineers, traffic engineers and specialized land consultants

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