Godfrey & Kahn works with large energy users to improve bottom-line performance by adopting energy-efficient measures and investing in renewable energy and energy storage technologies.
The Energy Strategies Practice Group provides strategic input on energy cost-saving and sustainability opportunities. We have broad knowledge of the variety of grants and tax and other incentives for energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy and energy storage projects, allowing our clients to significantly reduce their implementation costs.
Godfrey & Kahn has counseled large energy users who are interested in reducing their energy consumption and/or carbon footprint in taking advantage of tax, grant and other incentives. We utilize our extensive utility law expertise to work with clients to negotiate for tariff rate structures that allow our clients to lower their energy costs. We have used our experience in climate change and sustainable development matters to advise clients in carbon footprint analysis and strategies to both significantly reduce energy costs and to maximize environmental and marketing benefits.
We are members of and serve as chairman of the Public Policy Committee for the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC). M-WERC represents one of the largest clusters of energy, power, battery and control companies and education and research institutions. Located in the Midwest, it is a catalyst for the growth of these companies through innovative, advanced research on workforce development. Our active role in M-WERC creates valuable contacts and experience in the clean tech market sector.
Carbon Footprint Assessment
Godfrey & Kahn represented a federally recognized tribe in a confidential matter to provide an assessment of the tribe’s energy and carbon footprint, generated by human activities at all of its facilities and mobile sources, and then make recommendations for reducing their footprint through a combination of conservation, capital improvements and renewable energy strategies.
Energy Efficiency and Air Quality Project
Godfrey & Kahn represented an Indian tribe in a project involving the energy efficient rehabilitation of 96 homes and addressing significant indoor air quality issues. Electrical energy represents a very significant and recurring cost for tribal residents of a very high energy cost state. The project is expected to collectively save residents approximately $34,016 annually. The successful strategy includes obtaining a$600,000 Indian Community Development Block Grant (FY 2016) and structuring the project to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional state energy efficiency incentives.
Energy Efficient Lighting Installation
Godfrey & Kahn represented an Indian tribe in the installation of a large scale energy efficient lighting project at a Tribe’s casino/hotel parking structure. The successful strategy included obtaining a $500,000 competitive DOE grant and combining it with significant state funding to fund the vast majority of the project.
Franklin Energy Services, LLC
Godfrey & Kahn represents Franklin Energy Services, LLC, a Port Washington, Wisconsin based company that focuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for utilities and states, in all of its business, real estate, regulatory and contract matters.
Wisconsin Climate Change Action Initiative, Inc. (WCCAI)
Godfrey & Kahn formed the non-profit corporation WCCAI to promote behavior change to reduce the carbon footprint of individuals and entities in Wisconsin.