Energy Law

We have one of Hawaii’s largest law practices in the area of renewable energy, with industry-leading experience representing independent power producers.

Driven by electricity prices that are triple to those of most other states, Hawaii has emerged as a global leader in developing innovative approaches for generating more efficient and affordable energy for its businesses and citizens.

Yamamoto Caliboso has one of Hawaii’s largest law practices in the area of renewable energy, with industry-leading experience representing independent power producers. Our clients include developers of wind, solar, hydro, biomass, and biofuel projects.  We represent the developers of seven of the nine utility-scale wind farms and seven of the ten utility-scale photovoltaic projects that have successfully negotiated power purchase agreements with Hawaii utilities since 2005.

Buyers and sellers in the distributed generation industry also turn to us to help negotiate commercial- and residential-scale power purchase transactions, as well as create forms for power purchase agreements and other documents necessary for such transactions in Hawaii.

Drawing on extensive experience with commercial negotiations and strong relationships inside Hawaii’s utilities, we help our clients secure power purchase agreements and other commercial arrangements.  We know what it takes to make energy projects succeed, and our complementary depth in real estate, finance, and regulatory law helps us negotiate agreements with the right terms and conditions to win the support of real estate partners, project investors (including tax equity investors), lenders, and regulators.

We also assist our energy clients with real estate acquisition, project financing, permitting and entitlements, and federal, state and local regulatory approvals.  Clients value our strategic advice for navigating Hawaii’s ever-shifting energy policy and commercial landscape.