The world relies on energy to operate, making power a highly regulated industry, with laws dictating everything from generation and transmission to distribution and use. Canada has some of the world's most advanced electrical markets, investing billions annually on power transmission and distribution and, with Plan Nord in full swing, Canada is a sought-after market for power-related ventures and investment. At the same time, however, Canada has infrastructure challenges and complex regulatory, environmental, aboriginal and treaty restrictions impacting those engaged in power-related enterprises.
Faced with these challenges and seeking to leverage opportunities, public and private industry players, including power generators, transmitters and distributors, oil and gas pipeline companies, oil storage, refining companies and industrial consumers rely on the Blakes industry-leading Power group for comprehensive advice and representation.
Public and private transmitters and distributors, as well as government and non-government entities consult Blakes for guidance on power transmission and distribution services and planning, including environmental, regulatory compliance, transactional, aboriginal and treaty claims, as well as Plan Nord opportunities. We advise on environmental issues and provincial law and energy management matters and issues relating to power transmission from a variety of generating sources such as nuclear, thermal, hydroelectric, wind and solar generating stations.
Among the other matters we handle are power transmission and distribution facilities and substation siting and development; generator/transmission interconnection and distribution agreements; power purchase, supply, maintenance and repair agreements; pipeline projects and infrastructure matters; and structuring and responding to requests for proposals (RFPs).
From finance agreements to engineering, procurement, construction and service agreements through workplace issues, including worker health and safety and labour relations matters, we advise clients on all aspects of their business dealings.
With offices across Canada, Blakes lawyers are intimately familiar with the province-specific rules impacting the power industry and are strategically located to serve our clients in the various provinces where they conduct business.
Blakes Power lawyers and litigators regularly 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. Additionally, we advocate for clients regarding policy issues, permitting and environmental impact review, tax credits, rates, funding, and energy-efficiency issues.