National and Regional

American Public Power Association

  • (National trade association of municipally-owned utilities) Representation before FERC on market-based pricing and open access transmission tariffs (Entergy Services, FERC Docket No. ER91-569-000), electric utility merger (Entergy Services/Gulf States Utilities, FERC Docket No. EC92-21-000) and compulsory wheeling actions (Florida Municipal Power Agency v. Florida Power & Light Co., Docket No. TX93-4-000, 65 FERC 61,125 (Oct. 28, 1993) and Blue Ridge Power Agency, et al., Docket No. TX93-2-000, 64 FERC 61,381 (Sept. 30, 1993)); Report on National Power Exchange for Publicly-owned Utilities.

Colorado River Energy Distributors Assn. (CREDA)

  • Membership includes, among others, Salt River Project, Arizona Power Authority, Arizona Electric Power Coop., Colorado River Commission of Nevada, Plains Electric Generation and Transmission Coop., Tri-State G&T Assn., Colorado Springs, Platte River Power Authority, Wyoming Municipal Power Agency. General representation relating to Western Area Power Administration's sale of Colorado River Storage Project power including: (1) Defense of cost-based rates for federal power before Administration and Congress; (2) Defense of preference laws in litigation brought by private power companies; (3) Rate filings before FERC by WAPA; (4) Allocations of federal power; (5) Adjustment and expansion of federal water and power projects; and (6) Opposition to PacifiCorp/UP&L merger in state PSC and FERC proceedings.

Missouri River Energy Services (MRES)

  • (Intergovernmental entity comprised of 57 municipal electric systems in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota) Comprehensive representation as General Counsel relating to: (1) creation and ongoing operation of MRES (formerly Missouri River Municipal Power Agency) as a multistate consumer-owned wholesaler of power (currently employs 24 people); (2) allocation of power from federal Pick-Sloan Project (Eastern Division); (3) creation of legal arrangements to acquire, operate and deliver 280 MW of coal, and oil-fired generation; (4) financing of power and transmission facilities including rendering of opinions in connection with revenue bonds to acquire power resources ($276 million), subsequent refundings (total $417 million) and transmission facilities ($17 million); (5) acquisition of, negotiation with and regulation of relationships with certified cogeneration and small power production facilities including representation in major state court litigation regarding state mini-PURPA law; (6) FERC policy proceedings concerning changing regulation of electric utility industry including comments to FERC concerning regional transmission groups and appropriate transmission pricing policy and intervention in lead cases; and (7) advised on investigation of management and disposition of derivative securities under applicable public investment laws.

New England Public Power NEPOOL Review Committee

  • (Coalition of all public power systems (municipal and cooperative) in New England) Preparation of comments on FERC Notice of Inquiry Concerning Alternative Power Pooling Institutions Under the Federal Power Act (Docket No. RM94-20-000).

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