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Energy innovation and clean technology efforts are key to building a low-carbon future that also meets energy security and economic stability goals. Success in this area will be best achieved through the close cooperation of "green partnerships" comprised of energy technology developers, the industrial base, investors and policymakers.

Cleantech, generally defined, includes technologies that use little or no non-renewable energy, produce significantly less waste than conventional technologies, produce a salutary benefit to the environment or maximize the power derived from energy sources. Our firm works with a variety of cleantech and energy technology developers, such as developers of smart grid systems, pollution control devices, appliances and green building materials.

A key component in these partnerships is the role of governmental policy and funding. Bracewell assists clients in developing and executing strategies to match their expertise with the policy goals of legislators, their committees and staff, and governmental agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency. While our government relations team has represented clients in virtually every sector of the economy, we are particularly adept at serving the needs of energy, technology and manufacturing sector clients. We counsel them on federal funding strategies and also guide them through the processes and requirements for federal grants, loans and other applications.

Another tool for encouraging the deployment of new technology in the renewable energy, carbon reduction and energy efficiency sectors is advocacy for supportive tax policy. Bracewell has advocated for the interests of a variety of low-carbon and energy efficiency developers, including electric car manufacturers, cellulosic ethanol producers, advanced metering and other smart grid systems, renewable energy suppliers and investors, the geothermal heat pump industry, and pollution control equipment and carbon capture, sequestration and reduction developers.

Selected Experience

Represent geothermal heat pump developers in obtaining coveted Energy Star energy-efficiency ratings from the EPA and federal grant funding from the DOE, advancing legislation to promote the technology in federal government buildings, and obtaining federal research and development funding to assist in the development of these environmentally clean and energy-efficient heating systems.

Represented a venture-backed company that developed a new process for use at power plants to capture CO2 and sequester it for use in construction projects. Our team evaluated key climate and energy legislation and prepared legislative amendments related to carbon capture and sequestration, identified federal funding opportunities arising from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act relating to the company's technology, and assisted in preparing federal funding applications for submission to DOE.

Assisted an electric automobile manufacturer seeking to establish a plant in upstate New York in drafting a loan application for DOE's Advanced Technology Vehicle Loan Program. Our team's work included providing strategic advice relating to government relations in support of the loan application. 

Advise clients developing state-of-the art systems to produce power from wind, biofuels and other new sources of energy

Representation of an energy firm with cutting-edge technology that conserves energy and reduces environmental and greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts from oil refining. Our work included representation of the client before federal and state regulatory agencies to obtain an interpretation under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act that reflects the environmental and carbon-related benefits of the technology.

Worked with utilities in seeking authorization for advanced metering system deployment plans.

Advise clients in all aspects of intellectual property law, including enforcement of technology rights and licensing, joint venture, asset purchase, distribution and joint marketing technology agreements.

Assisted a cellulosic ethanol producer in California seeking federal assistance to establish new production facilities. Our work included strategic communications relating to the company's technology and strategic advice relating to the company's applications for funding from the Department of Energy.

Helped obtain a tax credit for the installation of energy-efficient, residential geothermal heat pumps.