Polsinelli’s attorneys have teamed with clients in all facets of the bioenergy industry to offer practical and direct legal advice that advances their efforts to develop businesses around a variety of renewable energy sources. We hold each client’s unique objectives at the forefront as we advise on developing, permitting, constructing, and financing a wide range of projects in the bioenergy industry.

Our experience includes drafting and negotiating project documents, tax planning and optimization, utilizing grant and loan guarantee programs, and general permitting and finance considerations. Polsinelli’s energy attorneys have advised clients in the following industries:

  • Biomass combustion
  • Gasification and pyrolysis
  • Waste-to-energy
  • Biodiesel
  • Ethanol
  • Landfill gas
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Representation of lenders in the financing of a 23 million gallon per year integrated biomass to cellulosic ethanol facility in Kansas, together with a 20 MW cogeneration plant.
  • Representation of a renewable energy project developer on all aspects of developing, permitting, and financing a biomass gasification project in Georgia.
  • Representation of a biomass project developer developing, permitting and financing a portfolio of biomass gasification projects in North Carolina using pyrolysis to convert poultry litter and woody biomass into electricity.
  • Representation of a national bank on project finance, risk and project contract considerations for a cellulosic ethanol project in North Carolina.
  • Advising renewable energy project developer on all aspects of developing, permitting and financing a clean, state-of-the-art waste-to-energy facility in New York.
  • Advising biodiesel project developer on all aspects of developing, permitting, and financing an advanced biodiesel project in North Carolina that is gasifying woody biomass and liquefying and refining the synthesis gas into ASTM D-975 Certified #2 diesel.
  • Representation of an Illinois-based biofuels producer in a project to transform a traditional ethanol plant into an advanced biorefining campus.
  • Advising a biofuels producer regarding the financing and permitting of an Illinois-based biodiesel production facility.
  • Advising a bioenergy company on developing a 2 MW chicken waste-to-energy biomass project in Texas, including negotiation of all project agreements and assisting with permitting and power purchase issues.
  • Representation of a bioenergy company in developing a 2 MW Missouri biomass project involving on-site generation and sale of power to a large-scale chicken farm.
  • Advising biomass gasification consultant on various distributorship, licensing, teaming, financing, and development transactions.
  • Advised renewable energy project developer with regard to transactional documents for developing a landfill gas-to-energy project in South Carolina.
  • Advised a landfill gas-to-energy developer on negotiating off take agreements and obtaining equity financing for a portfolio of landfill gasification projects on the East Coast.
  • Advised a biogas production company on contracting with dairy farmers to install on-site digesters to accept and convert cow manure to methane for delivery to natural gas utilities. Obtained financing for the project and assisted with negotiating joint venture on company’s behalf for supply of and financing for solid waste gasification technology for farms. Helped negotiate and close municipal bond-finance transaction with two dairy farms with pipeline-quality methane supplies going to local utility.
  • Advised energy consultant on contracting with municipal landfill gas producers to supply electricity to a California hospital and school.