We know which way the


Inside the Capitol, too.


Energy Law

On the Leading Edge of Energy Technology

Our team of energized law experts are ready to stand and protect your company's rights before regulatory agencies, the courts and the legislature. It's this type of total commitment that has served our clients well when dealing with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Environmental Quality Board, Pollution Control Agency and others.  Because we continually present powerful arguments that generate positive results, it's no wonder clients continue to come to us on matters such as:
  • Competitive bidding and power purchase agreements
  • Siting, permitting and certificate of need proceedings
  • Mergers
  • Project financing, with particular focus on renewable energy financing
  • Resource planning and selection dockets
  • Rate cases and other significant matters before regulatory agencies

Our Energy Law attorneys have maintained a steady presence at the legislature and regulatory agencies, holding ongoing discussions concerning energy industry restructuring, renewable energy issues and general policy matters. We've also worked closely with new entrants in the energy markets, such as wind energy developers, to ensure their success.

By combining our technical and industry expertise, we are well-prepared to defend your position or to take an aggressive stance to shape energy policy like we did when we worked actively to shape the 2001 Energy Security and Reliability Act, Minnesota's most sweeping amendment of the state's energy laws in the last 20 years, and passing Minnesota's Next Generation Energy Act of 2007, which established aggressive renewable energy standards for the state.

Whatever the level of energy it takes, you'll find Winthrop & Weinstine has the right combination of skills, experience and relationships with key policy leaders to deliver the type of energizing results you expect.





David M. Aafedt
p  (612) 604-6447 
f   (612) 604-6847 
Jeffrey S. Drennan
p  (612) 604-6730 
f   (612) 604-6830 
Norman L. Jones III
p  (612) 604-6605 
f   (612) 604-6905 
John A. Knapp
p  (612) 604-6404 
f   (612) 604-6804 
Elizabeth H. Schmiesing
p  (612) 604-6528 
f   (612) 604-6928 
Holly A. Stocker
p  (612) 604-6490 
f   (612) 604-6990 
Eric F. Swanson
p  (612) 604-6511 
f   (612) 604-6811 
Joseph M. Windler
p  (612) 604-6646 
f   (612) 604-6846 
Client Alerts
No current information
Press Releases

November 01, 2017
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Six Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List

March 13, 2017
David Aafedt Elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel

November 01, 2016
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Six Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List

October 31, 2016
Winthrop & Weinstine Continues to Strengthen Regulatory and Environmental Practice with New Attorney Elizabeth “Betsy” Schmiesing

August 15, 2016
Twenty-Six Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2017 “Best Lawyers In America” List

November 02, 2015
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Four Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List

November 04, 2014
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Three Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List

November 01, 2013
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Three Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List

July 08, 2013
Twenty-Four Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers®

November 01, 2012
“Best Lawyers” Ranks Multiple Winthrop & Weinstine Practice Groups as Top Tier

September 19, 2012
Twenty Two-Attorneys from Winthrop & Weinstine Named to “Best Lawyers in America” List

July 09, 2012
Twenty-Three Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers®

January 17, 2012
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces 2012 Board of Directors

November 21, 2011
Best Lawyers Ranks Multiple Firm Practice Groups as Top Tier

September 13, 2011
Seventeen Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®

August 18, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Recognized as One of the "Best Places to Work" for 6th Time

July 12, 2011
Minnesota Super Lawyers® Includes Over Twenty Attorneys at Winthrop & Weinstine

May 23, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Helps Local Food Bank Raise Funds

March 21, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces 2011 Board of Directors

December 21, 2010
Winthrop & Weinstine Celebrates This Holiday Season with the Help of Local Talent

November 22, 2010
Sixteen Shareholders Named to Best Lawyers in America


May 02, 2012
Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL)

April 06, 2011
Chambers and Partners

April 02, 2011

March 15, 2011
Best Lawyers in America®

January 05, 2011
State Law Resources

Contact John A. Knapp
Thank you for your interest in Winthrop & Weinstine's legislative & regulatory experience. Please fill out the form below and you will be contacted to determine what level of consultation is needed.


John A. Knapp

(612) 604-6404
Enter the code shown above
* Required


Please note: Communications sent to Winthrop & Weinstine via e-mail may not be secure, do not create an attorney/client relationship, are not and should not be considered to be confidential  and may not be protected by attorney/client privilege. We will not take any action in response to your e-mail unless and until we have expressly agreed to be engaged by you, which is typically done in writing. If you are looking for legal representation, you should contact us by phone. By clicking the "Submit" button, you have indicated that you understand and agree with these terms.  Thank you.
  |  Login