Energy - Power

Stikeman Elliott’s national power practice supports clients through all phases of conventional and renewable power projects and related transactions. Clients benefit from our extensive experience and expertise to identify and address any and all risks that may arise. Our complementary regulatory and commercial expertise takes clients from initial development and permitting phases through commercial operations. We also have substantial dispute resolution experience in the power sector, having represented clients in major arbitrations, administrative hearings, trials and appeals, including to the Supreme Court of Canada.

In light of the increasingly complex world in which energy businesses operate, Stikeman Elliott also provides in-depth expertise in such critical areas as market design/evolution, environmental law and Aboriginal relations. Clients will be able to quickly identify and work constructively with stakeholders and Aboriginal groups to win the necessary acceptance and social license that are increasingly critical to the success of many power projects.

Our deep and broad client base extends across the sector. Stikeman Elliott represents domestic and international project developers, utilities and financial players, as well as regulatory and government agencies. Developers, lenders and purchasers on some of Canada’s largest generation and transmission projects have relied on our counsel. We have also served as regulatory counsel to key government agencies, including the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario and the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and have acted as appellate and enforcement counsel to the Ontario Energy Board.

Our Expertise

  • Acquisitions and divestitures
  • Compliance and enforcement proceedings
  • Conservation and demand response
  • Conventional generation (gas, nuclear, coal)
  • Deregulation and market design/evolution
  • Dispute resolution and appeals
  • Distributed generation investigations
  • Joint ventures
  • Hearings and public meetings
  • Land use approvals
  • Municipal utilities
  • Procurements and RFPs
  • Project development
  • Project finance
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Rate applications
  • Regulated utilities
  • Regulatory permitting and approvals
  • Renewable generation (wind, solar, hydro and biomass)
  • Marketing and retailing
  • Stakeholder relations
  • Storage
  • Transmission and distribution


  • Deal of the Year and Energy & Industrials Deal of the Year – The Deal Awards 2020
  • Chambers Canada 2021 for Energy: Power
  • Chambers Global 2020 for Energy: Power
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 for Energy (Electricity)
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 for Energy: Power
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