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Participants in Ontario’s energy sector face complex regulation and require multi-dimensional legal advice that is attuned to the unique challenges and opportunities in that industry. Our dedicated counsel, many with decades of experience, can support you in any energy issue you may face, whether arising from M&A activity among local distribution companies, building a renewable energy project or appearing before the Ontario Energy Board.

The Aird & Berlis Energy Group is a diverse team of lawyers from our corporate/commercial, regulatory, environmental, litigation, real estate, municipal and land use planning, corporate finance, financial services, intellectual property and tax groups, and is well equipped to advise clients on a broad spectrum of issues.

The Energy Law Group includes experts in:

  • Electricity distribution
  • Gas distribution
  • Corporate governance
  • Generation
  • Cogeneration
  • District energy
  • Hydrogen and RNG
  • Geothermal and geo-exchange
  • Conservation and demand-management
  • Emissions trading
  • Power transmission
  • Submetering
  • Financing
  • Corporate structures
  • Joint ventures
  • Outsourcing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Consumer contracting

Our team has a comprehensive corporate and regulatory knowledge of Ontario’s electricity and gas industries. We are broadly recognized as experts by the energy law community, including the Ontario Energy Association, distributors, transmitters, generators, municipalities, financial institutions and other energy market participants.

We advise clients involved in energy projects in Canada and internationally, representing producers, brokers, industrial users, utilities, developers, governments and lenders. Our clients are involved in alternative energy projects such as wind power, solar, RNG, hydrogen and biofuel, as well as more traditional forms of energy. We work with private and public sector clients to assist with the strategic planning necessary to navigate the complex regulatory environment faced in the development of significant infrastructure.

We advise a wide range of clients, including the major distributor of natural gas in Ontario, whom we advise on regulatory matters. In addition to our work before the Ontario Energy Board, Aird & Berlis has also acted for energy sector clients in respect of applications before the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. We have a long history of successfully litigating in matters involving licences and other contract disputes, patent infringement and validity issues and trade secret cases for clients in the energy sector.

Through the firm’s affiliation with Interlaw, an international association of independent law firms, the Aird & Berlis Energy Group is part of the Interlaw Energy Special Business Team, representing legal experts in the energy field from around the world.

In 2022, Ron Clark updated and added to our firm’s leading text Ontario Energy Law: Electricity (2nd Edition), which provides background on the dynamics between government, regulators and regulated entities to enable readers to understand the way electricity is regulated in the province.