Gas-fired generation is an energy-efficient technology. In addition, combined heat and power (CHP) offers an even more efficient means of generating energy, substantially reducing fuel consumption without compromising the reliability and quality of the energy supply to consumers. The cogeneration of electricity and steam is utilized globally as an environmentally superior, clean technology alternative to traditional power sources.
Those in the power industry engage Blakes because of our unmatched skill and notable successes representing power industry players. Our lawyers have advised on many of Canada’s largest, most complex and innovative power projects. Combining our significant experience and energy-related expertise with our legal and regulatory skill, we offer clients cutting-edge, strategic insight, regulatory guidance and unparalleled legal counsel. Our Power group has advised on the development of gas-fired and cogeneration facilities, systems and operations, facilities management, regulatory compliance, environmental law, aboriginal and treaty claims, and a wide range of other concerns impacting thermal energy producers and customers.
Blakes Power lawyers draft and negotiate industry contracts, including power purchase agreements (PPAs); engineer, procure, construct (EPC) contracts; turbine and equipment supply agreements; long-term maintenance agreements; off-take agreements; and steam supply agreements. We regularly advise on all forms of fuel supply, including thermal/gas-fired options. The Ontario Power Authority retained Blakes to advise on its CHP contract and requests for proposals (RFPs) and vendor selection processes, making us a firm of choice to counsel vendors and suppliers when responding to RFPs.
Owners, developers, operators and financiers of gas-fired and cogeneration projects and facilities across North America rely on our significant knowledge, experience and strength not only in terms of traditional legal skills, but also in negotiating energy-specific PPAs and dealing with CHP and cooling and waste heat recovery sources.
Clients also seek our representation when negotiating the acquisition or disposition of thermal facilities and for advice on operating considerations as well as procurement, construction, employment and labour challenges.
Our leading national Power group has bench strength in each of our offices, enabling us to serve clients in each of the provinces where they operate.
- Advised on all commercial arrangements for the ownership and operation of Alberta’s largest natural gas-fired power facility, located in southeast Calgary in the community of Shepard. The facility will have a generation capacity of 800 MW, comprised of two 240 MW natural-gas-fired turbine generators and one 320 MW steam turbine generator.
- Ontario Power Authority on the development of a province-wide 1,000 MW RFP for district energy and cogeneration projects, one of the largest solicitations of its kind in North America (CHP I) and on the development of a further RFP on similar terms (CHP II).
- Advised a developer in connection with the development, construction and financing of a 500 MW natural gas-fired generating facility located in southwestern Ontario.
- Advised a large U.S. utility in connection with its acquisition and financing of a 50 per cent interest in a natural-gas-fired cogeneration facility located in southeastern Ontario.