Legal counsel sought for U.S. energy loan guarantee program

The U.S. Department of Energy invites expressions of interest from senior level law firms to serve as transactional counsel for its Loan Guarantee Program to energy sectors including hydropower. Responses are due April 15.

DOE said transactional counsel will provide services to support Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

DOE issued a final rule in December 2009 amending regulations for its Loan Guarantee Program, which is to encourage investment in innovative renewable energy including hydropower technologies. (HydroWorld 12/15/09) DOE also signed a memorandum with other federal agencies in March to promote development of hydropower. (HydroWorld 3/24/10)

The current solicitation seeks legal counsel to review loan guarantee applications, provide legal advisory services and due diligence, draft and participate in negotiations of legal documents, and handle closing and related issues. Work will involve various energy-related sectors including renewable energy such as hydropower, biomass, geothermal, solar, and wind technologies.

Transactional counsel legal fees will be reimbursed by project sponsors or borrowers.

The solicitation may be obtained from the DOE Internet site FedConnect under A pre-solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site,, by entering solicitation No. DESOL0001510 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses are due by 11 a.m. Eastern time April 15 via FedConnect. For information, contact Katharine N. Lindner, Office of HQ PS (HQ), U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Headquarters Procurement, MA-64, 1000 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20585; (1) 202-287-1540; E-mail:

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