Community Energy Legal Advice

Developing Legal Structures

While community solar projects are popping up in a few friendly markets around the country, so far no existing model appears to be particularly replicable or scalable for most of the country. That's why we are not only taking inventory of current projects but also designing and implementing new legal, governance, and financial structures for community energy projects.

Existing community energy models often benefit from unique regulatory environments, financing opportunities, wealth of higher income communities, or institutional support that may not be available to most communities. Still, these projects offer valuable experience to learn from and promising elements to be considered, given that they each have had to overcome their own set of challenges.

Building on these examples, we are developing a model that is 1) implementable in a wide variety of contexts, 2) adaptable to the uncertain future of energy regulation, and 3) designed to ensure long-term community control and benefit.



3 Steps to Building Just Transition Now with a Permanent Community Energy Cooperative

Based on our research of existing models and legal barriers, we've come up with an energy development and ownership concept called the Permanent Community Energy Cooperative (PCEC), a scalable model that gives communities permanent access to and control over their power. 

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Current Work:

☀ Walk-in legal advice clinics for community groups

☀ Training a new generation of lawyers to provide support to community renewable projects


Future Legal Services: 

☀ Providing full legal representation to model organizations

☀ Securities law compliance for renewable financing projects

☀ Worker-ownership of clean energy jobs

☀ Cooperative conversions

☀ Incubating new law centers across the U.S.







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