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Decades of Energy Law Experience

Over several decades, Felhaber Larson has established itself as one of the top energy law firms in the state. We’ve developed a broad and comprehensive energy law practice, working with regulators, utility representatives and other parties to resolve a variety of electric and telephone matters. On behalf of our clients, we regularly appear before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the Minnesota Department of Commerce/Division of Energy Resources, and the civil courts. Our experience and reputation in energy law allows us to represent client needs with skill and credibility.

Our practice mainly focuses on representing large and small retail electric cooperatives that are partially or totally regulated by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Specifically, we represent electric cooperatives regarding renewable energy matters; board of director governance; labor and employment; business sales, mergers and acquisitions; contracts for the construction of utility facilities; and associated litigation.

Our law firm’s breadth and depth of legal knowledge and experience enables us to provide comprehensive representation to our clients.  Our energy law attorneys are typically engaged to provide the following service:

  • Serve as general counsel to electric cooperative boards of directors
  • Represent cooperatives in general business matters, service territory disputes, and various transactions in front of the Minnesota
  • Public Utilities Commission and state courts
  • Negotiate power purchase and sale agreements with independent power producers
  • Advise on renewable energy standards and disputes in sales of renewable energy credits
  • Handle real estate purchases, sales, and leasing transactions of utility property

Energy Law Presentations, Awards and Associations

Presented 22 Minnesota Continuing Legal Education seminars on diversified business, distributed generation, patronage capital allocations, general easement law, utilities service standards/practices and governance.

Presented at national legal seminars for electric cooperatives on anti-trust liability, service territory laws, roles of boards of directors, and utility easements.

Harold LeVander, Jr., Regional Award for Outstanding Service, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; member, Electric Cooperative Bar Association.

Richard C. Salmen, member, Electric Cooperative Bar Association.

Sara Gullickson McGrane


Banks and Financial Institutions, Electric Cooperative Utilities, Health Care, Higher Education, Software/High Tech

Richard C. Salmen


Banks and Financial Institutions, Closely Held Businesses, Electric Cooperative Utilities

Randi J. Winter


Banks and Financial Institutions, Electric Cooperative Utilities, Health Care


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