Energy and Environment

We recognize the ever-increasing complexity in energy and environmental law and regulation, and support our public and private sector clients with a team of experts providing comprehensive solutions. Procopio represents companies from local startups to global enterprises in all matter of industries, from renewable energy to real estate, as well as cities, counties and other municipalities and public agencies. We also assist our clients in various stages of development and operation of projects related to the most innovative renewable energy and resource efficiency technologies, including wind, solar, geothermal, electric engines, and alternative fuels. No matter the transactional or regulatory enforcement or compliance challenges you face, we proactively prepare you to navigate the legal landscape successfully, and step in reactively when the conditions change.

Energy and Sustainability

• We advise on existing and proposed legislation and regulations, including compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC) regulatory matters

• We conduct due diligence for the acquisition and financing of renewable energy facilities

• We develop corporate governance and securities reporting requirements

• We secure necessary operating licenses and permits, land use entitlements and lease negotiations

• We take advantage of tax credits, deductions and other incentives

• We exploit innovative technologies with patents, trade secret protection and licensing

• We provide bond counsel on public and private projects

• We obtain financing through venture capital, private equity and governmental sources


Environmental and Natural Resources

• Securing operating licenses and permits and land use zoning and lease negotiations

• Ensuring regulatory compliance in air, water, land and other areas

• Defense of enforcement actions

• Litigation on behalf of public and private sector clients

• Climate and sustainability planning

• Due diligence investigations

• Acquisition or sale of potentially contaminated land and insuring against risk

• Implementing biodiversity mitigation measures

• Counseling public entities on environmental planning, development, and regulatory compliance


Client Testimonials

“Procopio is a pillar of our region’s cleantech economy and sustainability community. We look to Procopio to help our member companies stay abreast of complex legal matters directly affecting their commercialization and business growth strategies. We’re blessed to have them on our team.”
- Jason Anderson, President, CleanTECH San Diego

“From drought ordinances to water rate changes, to public works and labor matters, our team at Procopio has been by our side for over a decade. We depend on them to help us navigate major legal decisions that have a lasting impact on our business.”
-Dave Seymour, General Manager, Rainbow Municipal Water District

“The Procopio team played a vital role in helping our business succeed, and yet their knowledge, commitment, and dedication are all secondary to how they treat their clients. We are honored to have them represent us and recommend them to anyone looking for counsel on environmental and energy issues.”
-Eric Brandt, President, One World Beef

"Because of the range of services Procopio offers, we’re able to rely on their expertise in several areas including intellectual property, environmental regulation, public works contracting and dispute resolution. They ensured that all of our needs were met along the way- and we couldn’t be more pleased with their work.”
-Kevin Hardy, General Manager, Encina Wastewater Authority

“For close to a decade, we’ve trusted Procopio to handle the legal needs of our incredibly advanced hybrid stormwater treatment systems. From protecting our multiple patents and trademarks, to executing important licensing and distribution agreements, our team at Procopio works closely with us to understand our business objectives and ensure we are taken care of – all while delivering consistent, favorable results, with the utmost in quality customer service.”
-Greg B. Kent, President and Chief Executive Officer, Modular Wetland Systems, Inc.