Through his acute knowledge of electric operations and economics, he has developed a reputation for representing his clients efficiently, effectively and creatively, both in disputes and in transactional matters.
John has compiled a distinguished track record in various areas of electric utility law. He has represented developer, utility and regulatory interests in negotiations and disputes involving renewable resource power sales and interconnection agreements. John has represented municipal market participants in numerous disputes with Regional Transmission Organizations and their constituent transmission owners over market design and rules, cost incurrence and allocation, reliability must-run issues, transmission planning, tariff design and rate issues.
John has advised and assisted several political subdivisions in the establishment of new, fully operational electric utilities, including the acquisition of facilities and power supply. Additionally, John has represented a state consumer advocate in parallel federal bankruptcy and state regulatory restructuring of an insolvent investor-owned electric utility, ensuring that post-reorganization electric utility assets and operations were appropriately ring-fenced. He has represented municipalities and other consumer interests in numerous utility merger proceedings before federal and regulatory commissions, most recently enhancing mitigation requirements by exposing significant market concentration problems in the Duke-Progress merger before FERC, and successfully stopping the Babcock & Brown acquisition of NorthWestern Corporation before the Montana Public Service Commission.
John speaks regularly at industry conferences. His recent speaking appearances include the American Antitrust Institute’s 12th Annual Energy Roundtable in April 2012 on FERC merger policy and practice.