Public Affairs: Regulatory Approvals

Regulatory Approvals

Many clients retain EMA to provide public affairs counsel in support of their effort to win regulatory approval of an investment, acquisition, or other business dealing. Few public affairs challenges can be as complicated. EMA has an outstanding record helping clients win regulatory approvals, often conquering long odds in the process. Our record is especially strong in helping companies from the energy sector. Here are a few examples:

Iberdrola: Iberdrola, a Spanish utility that is the world’s leading wind energy company and one of its largest utilities overall, announced its intention to acquire the U.S. utility Energy East in the summer of 2007. Iberdrola faced strong opposition to this acquisition from New York State regulators, whose initial position was clear and unequivocal opposition. Working with the client’s internal staff and a broad team of attorneys, policy consultants, and lobbyists, EMA helped change the focus of the debate, call broad attention to the benefits of the acquisition, and eventually win regulatory approval on favorable terms.

Noble Environmental Power: EMA helped Noble, then one of the nation’s largest wind energy developers, win local approvals to site wind farms in northern and western New York, Michigan, and elsewhere.

Brookfield Power: Brookfield Power U.S. hired EMA to handle strategic communications related to issues surrounding its hydropower facilities in New York State.

PSEG Power New York: We assisted PSEG Power New York with a number of matters surrounding their purchase and proposed redevelopment of a 50-year-old coal-fired generation plant in Bethlehem, New York. This successful $400 million project dramatically increased its size and output.

Transmission Developers Inc. (TDI): TDI is seeking approval for the Champlain Hudson Power Express, one of the largest and most expensive private investments in New York State’s history. EMA handles public outreach, web design, media and public affairs support for this transmission line, which will extend from Canada to New York City. While the permitting process is still ongoing, the results to date have been outstanding. While other projects have met with fierce opposition, public outcry, and rallies to stop progress, the CHPE has encountered none of this. The project has been featured in multiple New York Times articles and has received support from New York’s environmental community.

Sean L. Casey Public Affairs

For the last 25 years, Sean has provided public affairs and public relations strategic counsel and tactical support to clients ranging from major corporations and law firms, to not-for-profit and higher education organizations.

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