Siting, Zoning, Licensing & Energy Infrastructure


Today, energy clients face a host of new challenges, including a need for increased consolidation; the ability to provide adequate capital for repairs and refurbishment of existing facilities; meeting growing demands for renewable and alternative energies; and continuing to comply with shifting regulatory standards. Dykema’s team of professionals understand the obstacles associated with every step of an energy infrastructure project—from obtaining financing through governmental approvals and eventual construction. We support client needs in critical areas such as:

  • Securities and commercial finance
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory services
  • Legislative and policy advice
  • Technology license agreements
  • Construction contracts  
  • Government grants and incentives
  • Environmental services
  • Public-private partnership creation and financing
  • Mergers and acquisitions services
  • Tax structuring 

Dykema’s energy team capitalizes on its industry knowledge to provide an exceptional level of client service. Clients rely on our multidisciplinary team of attorneys and professionals to address the full spectrum of issues relating to siting, zoning, licensing and infrastructure.

We have advised investor-owned utilities, co-ops, independent power producers and merchant generators, infrastructure equity funds, lenders, municipalities, financing authorities, private and public entities, underwriters, investment bankers, lenders and other stakeholders in the development, finance and operation of infrastructure assets such as power plants, transmission infrastructure, natural gas lines, and renewable energy developments.

Experience Matters

  • Alpine Generation—Dykema successfully represented a generation and transmission cooperative in obtaining zoning, local permits and regulatory approvals for a natural gas generation station. Dykema successfully addressed natural gas supply arrangements, pipeline and transmission easements, local nuisance complaints, engineering, procurement and construction contracts and related warranty issues. 
  • Genoa-Prizim Line—In the face of landowner and local government opposition, Dykema was involved in every step of the process for the development and construction of a new transmission line to serve General Motors. In a case of first impression before the Michigan Public Service Commission, Dykema represented an independent transmission company in obtaining regulatory approval for the line.  Upon approval, Dykema led a team of professionals in obtaining all necessary real property rights to construct and operate the new transmission line.
  • Wolverine Pipeline—In a highly controversial case, Dykema obtained regulatory approval for a gas pipeline to be constructed through suburban and urban areas. Facing significant local opposition, Dykema’s team resolved environmental and regulatory issues in obtaining the approval, as well as lobbied for a change in the law to allow the line’s construction. Dykema successfully defended the line’s approval to the state’s Supreme Court in a landmark decision regarding utility franchise rights.
  • Wind Zone Line—In a case of first impression, Dykema represented a transmission provider in obtaining regulatory approval for a transmission line that will enable significant wind power development.
  • Grey Road Substation—Dykema successfully represented a generation and transmission cooperative and a distribution cooperative in obtaining regulatory approval for a large transmission substation. After significant local opposition, Dykema was able to resolve all disputes and obtain approval allowing the substation’s construction.

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