​Public Utility Regulation

Since its founding in 1990, we have represented numerous clients related to the regulation of electric, gas, and water utilities. At the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the California Public Utilities Commission, and other agencies, the firm represents clients regarding all aspects of public utility regulation. The Energy Practice Group is experienced in rate proceedings, rulemakings, complaints, investigations, and other agency proceedings. We have also assisted California’s smaller electric utilities in regulatory matters before the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission.

Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan is among the leading firms in California for renewable energy resource, resource adequacy, and independent power and issues. Our attorneys guide clients through the procurement and compliance process for Renewables Portfolio Standard and Resource Adequacy Program requirements, including transaction negotiation and documentation as well as required regulatory compliance documentation.

The Energy Practice Group represents clients regarding qualifying facilities contracts and utility compliance with the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), FERC regulation including:

  • Electric Wholesale Generator status and market-based rate authority;
  • Utility power procurement and resource planning;
  • Asset divestiture, operation and maintenance standards;
  • Greenhouse gas obligations under California’s cap-and-trade program;
  • Market design changes;
  • Acquisition and financing due diligence.

In addition, the Energy Practice Group represents clients on natural gas issues, including natural gas ratemaking, interconnection, transportation, storage, and supply reliability.