The energy industry is complex and always in transition. The dynamic nature of the industry means that companies and institutions are continually facing challenges related to the purchase and sale of energy. Our environmental and energy practice helps Bond clients to successfully resolve these challenges, whether related to electricity, natural gas, petroleum or steam. Our clients represent a diverse cross-section of energy producers and consumers, and include power generators, transmission and distribution companies, pipelines, hydroelectric operators, petroleum refiners and marketers, developers, colleges and universities, hospitals and manufacturers.
Bond has a long history of practicing energy law, and you will see immediately how the experience of our energy attorneys can benefit your company or institution. Experience is useful, but our environmental and energy practice will help you most by looking ahead and staying at the forefront of the industry. Right now, our attorneys are actively engaged in the siting of power plants and transmission facilities, evaluation of alternative uses for cogeneration plants, negotiation of power purchase and sales agreements, and the sale of properties involving power production facilities. The attorneys in Bond's environmental and energy practice stay apprised of developments in the energy industry through our professional associations, including membership in the Independent Power Producers of New York and the Business Council of New York State Energy Committee. Moreover, you will benefit from our excellent reputation with the agencies that regulate energy generation and consumption in New York State, including the New York State Department of Public Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
With respect to wind projects, our environmental attorneys have worked on projects throughout New York State, including Lackawanna, Cortland, Steuben, Herkimer and Ontario Counties. In permitting the projects, they have faced local citizen opposition involving claims such as nuisance, property devaluation, noise, visual impacts and health effects claimed to be attributable to "wind turbine syndrome", and they have very strong relationships with wind industry consultants and experts also experienced in these issues.
You should also be aware that our environmental and energy practice does more than practice traditional energy law. In fact, we represent energy companies in matters involving state and federal environmental laws, labor and employment law, real property tax assessments, transactional matters such as purchase and sale of real property and facilities, project finance, governmental relations, construction law and general litigation.