Phillips Lytle - Renewable Energy

One Canalside 125 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203, United States

Contact: David Flynn

  • (716) 847-8400
  • (716) 852-6100

Practice/Organization Description

Concerns about global warming, energy independence, financial incentives and pressure from the government and consumers to generate more energy from renewable sources are creating exceptional opportunities for energy providers, developers and investors. By 2013, at least 25% of New York’s energy production is to come from renewable sources, which translates into an estimated 40,000 GWh per year. To that end, the federal government and New York State are simultaneously offering financial incentives for the construction of renewable energy facilities.

This commitment to increase both supply and demand for renewable energy amounts to an unprecedented opportunity for stakeholders who develop, build, manage and invest in these projects in New York. And Phillips Lytle has the resources necessary to move these opportunities forward.

Phillips Lytle works with stakeholders to complete their projects on time and on budget. Unlike the mega firms with global reach, Phillips Lytle is focused on New York Law, and has been for more than 175 years. While our scope extends to neighboring states and Canada, our seven offices are all located in New York. This geographic reach, combined with our deep New York roots, enables us to deliver unmatched knowledge about statewide, regional and local regulations and zoning ordinances to our clients – ensuring a project’s speed to market. We grasp the environmental standards that must be met, and we know how to work effectively with the groups that are likely to offer resistance. We are intimately familiar with New York’s tax laws, financial communities and local cultures, which allows us to provide valuable insight into your projects.

Phillips Lytle helps clients capitalize on the most advantageous mix of local, state and federal tax incentive and stimulus packages available for their developments. As a "Red Book" firm in public finance, we also offer counseling in all aspects of bond issues and other public finance transactions. Furthermore, the firm has a long-established reputation as a premier banking law firm whose clients include major financial institutions involved in lending to energy-related projects.

We also have one of the leading Land Use & Zoning law practices in New York. Our attorneys assist a variety of clients – from local business owners and developers to Fortune 500 companies with special, restricted and conditional use permits, site plan reviews, area and use variances and rezonings. Our attorneys have participated in hundreds of environmental impact reviews pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). In fact, the firm has been recognized for two consecutive years by Chambers USA for excellence in environmental law. Over the years, we have facilitated numerous high-profile development projects across New York State. We’ve obtained governmental approvals and permits for hundreds of projects from more than 150 separate communities across the state, including manufacturing plant expansions, telecommunications facilities, energy projects, residential projects, office buildings and retail operations, many of which were the subject of significant community opposition.

When necessary, our Energy attorneys collaborate with our Corporate, Banking and Environmental attorneys. This comprehensive approach to project management has produced significant results for many clients including:

Apex Wind

BQ Energy

Double A Willow

National BioEnergy

Niagara University

The Pike Company

CG Power Solutions USA

Ultimately, the road from design to profitability travels through precarious intersections with regulators, financiers, partners and community groups. Phillips Lytle maps these intersections and guides our clients’ projects through them with minimal delay. The firm assists clients with FERC and New York State Public Service Commission issues, as well as local zoning ordinances. We have close working relationships with key officials including senior-level engineers, permit administrators, regional attorneys and regional directors.

We also assist stakeholders wanting to capitalize on renewable energy incentives in and around New York State. Our attorneys have forged strong ties with many of the influential decision makers in the public and private sectors, including legislative, regulatory and political figures, to ensure that deadlines are successfully met. And each team has an identified lead attorney who coordinates all activities of the team members to ensure matters are handled in a cost-effective manner.

Our areas of expertise include:






Carbon capture and sequestration

Areas of Practice
  • Construction Law
  • Elections & Politics
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • New York
Other Countries
  • Canada
Number of Attorneys

2-10 Attorneys

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