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Canada is experiencing significant power-generation investment opportunities, deregulation and redesign of long-standing electricity-sector regimes and public trends favouring clean technology and green energy supply sources. As these converge, electricity market participants require experienced counsel who can integrate legal, business and regulatory expertise to help them avoid pitfalls and attain a competitive advantage.

With a leading national Power group, Blakes has experience throughout Canada, familiarity with province-specific requirements and the ability to serve clients wherever they do business. Clients rely on us because of our impressive successes with respect to many of the largest and most high-profile projects in Canada.

The Blakes Power group has advised on diverse issues impacting power and energy-related projects, including thermal, gas-fired and combined heat and power (CHP), nuclear, district energy, and renewable energy (including wind, solar, hydro and biomass) projects. Owners and developers of electricity-generating projects, as well as energy suppliers and consumers, regularly seek our guidance on the impact of evolving markets, facilities operations, and management, development, operation and financing of power projects as well as infrastructure issues, environmental compliance, aboriginal and treaty claims, power supply, transmission and distribution challenges, and a host of other issues.

We have acted as counsel to the Ontario Ministry of Energy in negotiating the Bruce Power nuclear refurbishment and implementation agreement and both the Ontario Power Authority and Infrastructure Ontario on their request for proposals (RFPs) and vendor selection processes, making us a firm of choice for guidance on government relations, regulatory compliance and RFP responses. 

Advising power generators, marketers, distributors and transmitters on the structure and functioning of the electricity industry throughout Canada, we regularly negotiate the full range of energy-related transactions and ancillary contracts, including power purchase agreements, operating agreements, connection and interconnection agreements, wholesale and retail transactions, new generation development, and financing arrangements. We also advise investors and financiers funding such energy-related projects.

Serving a diverse national and international client base, our national Power group also has energy-specific market restructuring, regulatory and government relations expertise, and is often called upon to advise on market policy and rate setting.

Working collaboratively with our pre-eminent finance, M&A, corporate, environmental and regulatory lawyers and other specialized practitioners, we provide comprehensive advice on M&A deals, joint ventures, collaborative arrangements, project and equipment finance, procurement, environmental restrictions, permitting and reporting, regulatory approvals, and compliance matters.

We frequently represent clients in hearings, on applications, in rule-making proceedings and on appeals before key regulatory bodies, including the Ontario Energy Board, the National Energy Board, and in court proceedings at all levels. We also regularly advocate for public and private power industry suppliers and customers on government policy and regulatory matters

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