The energy business and U.S. government policy on energy issues remain inextricably intertwined, as they have been for more than a century. Whether the issue is the price of oil, energy taxation, the development of oil and natural gas reserves, the creation of energy assets and infrastructure, environmental constraints or green energy sources, Congressional, executive and regulatory actions will likely influence the outcome of private initiatives and investments.
By understanding the purpose and effect of governmental action, a company can react quickly and effectively and avoid missing crucial opportunities to protect, expand or promote its business. When it comes to policy matters, we excel at putting our U.S. and international clients in the right position to attain the desired results. Our lawyers understand how Washington works – but, more importantly, we understand how the energy industry works and where the energy industry is going.
Sutherland taps into its extensive capabilities in LNG and natural gas, crude oil markets, gasoline and renewable fuel regulation and energy taxes, among others, to provide timely information, sound counsel and solid strategies. We employ a no-nonsense approach that is concentrated in substantive knowledge of the issue and the impacted industry and based on each client’s individualized needs and business objectives. This ability to design and implement sound legislative and executive branch representation creates real results.
At Sutherland, we employ a team-based approach to ensure that the firm’s full capabilities are utilized, allowing us to assemble the necessary expertise. One project may employ our strong ties at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), while another may incorporate our experience with lobbying Congress and the executive branch. With professionals who have worked in the legislative, executive and judicial branches and our extensive industry background, we are uniquely qualified to develop and implement a Washington strategy for all energy issues, whether it is monitoring renewable energy developments in Congress, drafting comments to an agency rulemaking or advocating for a specific legislative or regulatory policy. We work with clients who want to know what is coming next. They want the edge on the market, and we provide that.
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