Ronald Liebert

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Practice Focus
Energy
Facility Siting and Land Use
Public Utility Regulation
Energy Transactions
Transmission & Interconnection
Compliance & Enforcement
Renewable Energy
Transportation
Public Agency Representation
Consumer Representation
Legislation
Energy Policy
Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Water
Public Utility Regulation
Utility Representation
Desalination
Environmental
Public Utility Regulation
Biosolids
CEQA / NEPA
Facility Siting and Land Use
GHG Regulation

Bar and Court Admissions
State Bar of California
All California State Courts
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Education
J.D., University of California, Davis, 1989
B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1981


Ronald Liebert is a Partner in Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan. Ron assists commercial and industrial gas and electric utility customers, energy developers, and small water and municipal utilities in resolving a wide range of energy, rate design, and environmental regulatory and compliance issues before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC).

Representative Experience

For close to 30 years, Ron has represented clients, primarily commercial, industrial and agricultural utility customers and energy developers, in regulatory proceedings at the CPUC, including over 25 large electric and gas utility general rate cases, numerous policy and rate design proceedings and consumer complaint cases. Ron also has assisted small electric and water utilities with revenue, rate design and tariff matters.

In addition, Ron has participated in a wide variety of other energy and environmentally related issues at the CPUC, the California Legislature, the CEC, the California Water Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards and local county boards and agencies, in particular, to craft regulations governing the use of biosolids, water recycling and biogas and the siting of natural gas storage and solar PV facilities.

Ron also was actively involved in the regulatory and legislative efforts to restructure California’s electric operations and markets and served on the Board of the California Power Exchange (CalPX) and was the Chair of the Legal/ADR Committee.

Prior to returning to private practice with Ellison, Schneider & Harris, Ron was an Associate Counsel for the California Farm Bureau Federation. For nearly 15 years, Ron represented California’s agricultural customers’ interests at the CPUC, participating in nearly every energy and gas-related proceeding relevant to agriculture and agricultural customers. Ron also was a registered lobbyist for the Farm Bureau, where he assisted with energy-related matters of concern to the California Legislature.

The legal profession is actually Ron’s second career. Before attending law school, Ron worked for five years as an engineer specializing in energy-related design, construction and operational issues for nuclear and gas-fired generating plants, which included extensive on-site experience.

Representative Clients

California Manufacturers & Technology Association
Energy Power Partners
Vote Solar
Spreckels Water Company

Industries Served

Commercial and Industrial Manufacturing
Renewable Energy Developers
Agriculture
Water Supply

Professional Involvement

Instructor, University of California, Davis Extension’s Environmental Hazard Management Program, 1993-1995.Courses included “Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Site Assessment and Remediation” and “Project Planning, Decision Making and Communications”

California Power Exchange Board of Governors – 1997-2000. Chair, Legal/ADR Committee, 1997-2001

State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section - current

Conference of California Public Utility Counsel - current

Sacramento County Bar Association – current. Chair, Environmental Law Section, 1995-1996

Awards and Professional Recognition

Charter Member, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society. Vice-President, UCSB Chapter, 1981

Representative Speaking Engagements

Speaker, UC Cooperative Extension, San Luis Obispo County, Biosolids Workshop – 1998

Speaker, California Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee informational hearing on California Energy Issues - 1999

Speaker, ABA Conference on Environmental Law, Keystone, Colorado, Biosolids Use for Agriculture - 2001

Speaker, Yolo County Operational Energy Summit – 2001

Speaker, Allied Insurance, Sacramento, “California Energy Crisis” – 2001

Panelist, 22nd Annual Utility Energy Forum, South Lake Tahoe, CA – 2002

Speaker, California Association of Sanitation Agencies Annual Conference, Monterey, CA “Going Green, Energy Opportunities in California” – 2012

Guest Speaker, Florin High School Law Academy (through Sacramento County Bar Association) - 2014

Speaker, California League of Food Processors Committee Day, Sacramento, “Energy issues, rates and bill impacts” - 2015

Panelist, California Energy Ratepayers Roundtable, Sacramento – 2018

Speaker, California League of Food Producers, Energy Committee, “Natural gas issues and rates” - 2018

Publications

Article, “State UST Fund Update,” published in the Spring 1993 ed. of Hydrovisions, a publication of the Groundwater Resources Association.

Article, “Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Costs: Spreading the Pain,” published in the Summer 1993 ed. of Hydrovisions.

Several articles on energy and biosolids issues for the California Farm Bureau Federation’s Ag Alert newspaper – 1996-2010.

Article, “Grappling with the growing threat of wildfires and costs in California,” published in the California Lawyer Daily Journal on Dec. 5, 2018.

Community Involvement

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America – 1983-1985

Leadership Folsom, 1992

Volunteer, numerous elementary, junior high and high school fund-raising and sporting events, 2000-2013

Media Coverage

Ron has been interviewed for and quoted a number of times over the past 25 years on energy and biosolids issues in a variety of news articles published in California