Practice FocusEnergyPublic Utility RegulationEnergy TransactionsCompliance & EnforcementRenewable EnergyResource AdequacyGeneration & StorageTransmission & InterconnectionPublic Agency RepresentationConsumer RepresentationLegislationNegotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution & Administrative LitigationEnvironmentalGHG Regulation
Bar and Court AdmissionsState Bar of California
EducationJ.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1997B.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.
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.
Representative Clients and Industries Served
UtilitiesGeneratorsIndustrial and Commercial CustomersUniversitiesTrade AssociationsInvestment Entities and AnalystsCalifornia energy retail providers
Awards and Professional Recognition
22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Energy Law and Energy Regulatory LawMartindale-Hubble AV RatingPrior 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.