Public Utility and Energy Law

A Century of Experience

For nearly a century, public utility leaders have been turning to Stafford Rosenbaum for assistance in achieving their goals for development and growth. Our experienced Public Utility and Energy Law team has developed practical strategies for and provided assistance with the following types of cases:

  • Real estate purchase transactions
  • Land use approvals
  • Right-of-way acquisition
  • Stray voltage, earth current, and other electrical phenomena issues and claims
  • Pipeline construction
  • Solar energy installation agreements
  • Interconnection agreements
  • Power purchase agreements
  • Procurement of generating equipment
  • Employment issues
  • Utility disputes with customers, competitors, and suppliers
  • Construction contracts
  • Equipment and materials procurement agreements
  • Siting of and leasing of space on cellular and PCS towers
  • Energy-efficient construction financing
  • Development and regulatory approval of energy generation facilities
  • Collection of delinquent utility bills for utility service providers

Our attorneys also have extensive experience before the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, giving us an in-depth knowledge of ratemaking and regulatory principles.

Measurable Results

Having long represented Madison’s major investor-owned electric and natural gas utility, Stafford Rosenbaum also provides legal counsel to natural gas pipeline companies, petroleum products transporters, municipal utilities, water companies, telecommunications providers, cable television firms, and non-profit energy efficiency promotion organizations. In addition, we regularly counsel and represent investor-owned utilities throughout the State of Wisconsin and the nation in stray voltage, earth current and related electrical phenomena claims and lawsuits.

Here are just a few of the ways we have put our experience to work over the years:

  • Assisted a municipal utility in becoming one of the first utilities in Wisconsin to be permitted to provide telecommunication services
  • Structured and negotiated terms of what was then the second largest wind power development east of the Mississippi River
  • Blocked the anti-competitive merger of two electric utilities
  • Successfully litigated to recover a large settlement due to the defective construction of a waste-to-energy facility
  • Obtained statewide rights-of-way to permit construction of a natural gas pipeline
  • Developed contract forms for distributed generation facility programs utilizing solar facilities and backup generators
  • Reviewed energy-efficient loan construction programs for a utility and non-profit energy-efficiency promotion organization
  • Creation and effective administration of high-volume utility bill collection systems
  • Successful defense of tort claims against power plant co-owner for a workplace accident