Utility Property and Franchise

Development and maintenance of utility assets for generation and delivery of power frequently give rise to real property issues.  Whether our clients’ questions concern the scope of a lease, the validity of title to a streambed, or an easement, we offer efficient and thorough evaluation and drafting services.  We have also represented our utility clients in the negotiation of long-term municipal franchise agreements with major cities.

Representative Work

  • Negotiated sale of hydroelectric project assets to public entity.
  • Negotiated franchise agreement between utility and the City of Portland on behalf of PacifiCorp for permission to distribute electricity.
  • Negotiated franchise agreement between utility and the City of Corvallis on behalf of PacifiCorp for permission to distribute electricity.
  • Negotiated and drafted pole line easements and public access easements.
  • Manage hydroelectric project reservoir property rights, including granting special use permits and easements and addressing encroachments.

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