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Conventional Electric Energy


To serve the varied interests of the electric energy practice, Varnum has developed a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving. Our attorneys work as a team to meet the energy needs of clients, whether involved in simple contract activities or complex regulatory and financing situations.

We have significant experience litigating and practicing before the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other key U.S. and state agencies that affect the energy fields. We have litigated antitrust issues, regulatory issues and contractual issues in state and federal courts. Our experience includes:

  • Exempt wholesale generators, independent power producers and cogeneration—financing, construction startups, power sale agreements, utility commission approvals, fuel purchase contracts, environmental permits and tax assistance.
  • Municipal and cooperative utilities—litigation, rate matters, franchises, antitrust actions and environmental protection.
  • Nuclear and fossil fuel plant construction and operation—construction disputes, municipal bonding, environmental permitting, power purchase agreement negotiation and fuel supply.
  • Deregulation and retail wheeling—negotiation and pricing of wheeling agreements, representation of energy marketers before the Michigan Public Service Commission and Michigan State Legislature to develop Michigan’s Open Access Program, litigation of related issues before state administrative and judicial bodies.

For more information, please contact either your Varnum attorney, or Eric Schneidewind at 517/482-8438 or

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