We have a deep understanding of strategic drivers and the legal and regulatory framework of this industry.
This means we are well placed to give advice on all aspects of the energy and renewables sector.
We understand that responding to climate change is challenging. We know there’s a critical need to deliver a significant increase in renewable electricity generation, to enable New Zealand to decarbonise and meet its emissions reduction targets.
We work collaboratively to successfully deliver on aspects of the energy sector
Our ability to work collaboratively with clients as well as across our internal teams, coupled with our Te Tiriti expertise, sets us apart.
We have a compelling reputation for successfully delivering at all stages and in all aspects of energy sector businesses.
- Network operators
- Transpower (grid operator) and sponsors
- Financiers of new generation developments.
We have been directly involved in the development of rules and policy
We have advised the Electricity Authority - the principal electricity industry regulator – on significant matters. We drafted and amended the Electricity Industry Participation Code - the rules that govern the electricity market in New Zealand.
We are experts on renewable energy projects
Our environment, resource management and Māori law teams are key advisers in the development of new renewable energy projects, including:
- Advising and guiding development
- Planning and environmental approvals for significant energy projects including wind, geothermal, hydro, and solar.
Our corporate, construction and property teams have given advice to several significant industry participants in New Zealand. We support clients with various aspects of their energy businesses including:
- Development and acquisition of new assets
- Securing property rights
- Procurement and supply chain contracts
- Corporate transactions
- Emissions trading
- Regulatory issues
- Customer arrangements
- General corporate, commercial and regulatory advice
- Property portfolios, including sale and purchase of land, leasing, easements, and encumbrances.
We have hands-on experience in the oil and gas industry
We advise clients on:
- Exploration initiatives, Crown Minerals Act matters and Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act matters
- Reticulation issues, including open access
- Acquisitions of gas wholesale and retail businesses,
- Acquisitions of gas reticulation businesses and major new gas supply contracts, both in New Zealand and overseas.
We can support you with litigation and dispute resolution
We advise on litigation and other dispute resolution procedures relating to the gas sector and Commerce Act issues impacting on various levels in the market.
We can give advice on fuels in the aviation industry
We are fuels experts in the aviation industry. We give advice on downstream fuel joint venture agreements, use of systems agreements, and fuel pipeline joint ventures (both operation and development).
"The overriding strength is client care. The firm responds quickly and efficiently to the needs of clients. The partners are national experts in their fields and the company is able to assist on a wide number of legal matters."
"They are consistently excellent in terms of timing, ease of use and personal interactions."
"[Buddle Findlay's] willingness to be innovative and the high-quality output, done in a manner where they are very client-friendly and committed to delivery outcomes."
Genesis Energy reconsenting for Tekapo Power Scheme
We advise Genesis Energy on the reconsenting of its existing Tekapo A and B hydro-electric power stations which provide 190MW of renewable energy and form part of the New Zealand's largest hydro-electric generation involving seven power stations within the Waitaki Catchment.
GeoFuture Geothermal Power Development
We advised Contact Energy's internal and expert advisory team on the successful consenting of the NZ$750m GeoFuture Geothermal Power Development which will deliver electricity for over 70,000 additional homes. Read more here
Kapuni Green Hydrogen Project
We advised Westpac New Zealand and Commonwealth Bank of Australia on the proposed funding (debt) of the Kapuni Green Hydrogen Project which, has the ability to provide renewable electricity to up to 24,000 homes.
We advised Lightsourcebp on the planning, environmental and regulatory approvals required for a proposed solar project which is expected to supply enough electricity for 33,000 homes.
We advised the Electricity Authority on its review of Transpower New Zealand's proposal to vary the transmission pricing methodology (the method by which transmission charges are allocated to participants in the electricity industry) and on significant amendments to the Electricity Industry Participation Code including the introduction of default distributor agreements.
Consenting for Contact Energy projects
We are presently advising Contact Energy on its new wind farm projects. We have advised Contact Energy on the consenting of its hydro, geothermal, thermal and wind projects including the Waitahora and Hauāuru mā raki wind farms, the Tauhara 2 and Te Mihi geothermal power stations, the Stratford thermal peaker stations, the reconsenting of Poihipi and Ohaaki geothermal power stations, and changes to consent conditions and lapse periods for the Otahuhu Thermal power stations.