Andrew B. Brown


Practice Focus

Public Utility Regulation
Energy Transactions
Compliance & Enforcement
Renewable Energy
Resource Adequacy
Generation & Storage
Transmission & Interconnection
Public Agency Representation
Consumer Representation
Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution & Administrative Litigation
GHG Regulation

Bar and Court Admissions
State Bar of California

J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1997
B.A., University of California, Davis, 1989

Andy Brown is a Partner in Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan, specializing in California energy issues and regulatory and policy matters before the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, California Independent System Operator and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Andy also assists clients in the review and development of legislative language. His primary focus includes energy transactional work such as long-term power purchase agreements, as well as California energy regulatory compliance, policy development, and administrative litigation.

Representative Experience

Andy has extensive experience with the California Public Utilities Commission on behalf of non-utility generators, retail energy providers (such as irrigation districts, community choice aggregators and energy service providers), governmental entities, consumers, trade associations and California’s multi-jurisdictional utilities on a wide variety of issues, including market and rate design, ratemaking and cost recovery matters, as well as resource adequacy, renewables portfolio standard implementation, and greenhouse gas regulation and compliance. He also has significant experience practicing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, primarily on issues associated with the evolution of the California Independent System Operator’s market design.


  • Representation of clients before CPUC, CAISO, CEC, CARB, and FERC on electric and gas energy matters.
  • Policy and strategy; Transactional negotiations and drafting work, particularly RPS and RA transactions
  • Compliance & enforcement assistance, particularly RPS and RA; Compliant cases; Legislative assistance
  • Acquisition due diligence; Integrated resource planning.

Representative Clients and Industries Served

Public Utilities
Industrial and Commercial Customers
Trade Associations
Investment Entities and Analysts
California energy retail providers

Awards and Professional Recognition

22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Energy Law and Energy Regulatory Law

Martindale-Hubble AV Rating

Prior Experience

Andy joined the firm in 1996 as a law clerk while attending McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. He became a partner in 2003. Andy's experience with California energy issues began in 1987, when he joined the California Independent Energy Producers Association as a research assistant, where he authored a three-volume review of California Public Utility Commission decisions concerning private power development under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.