Gabriel L. Tabak

Associate

202.298.1939

glt@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Provides counsel to utilities in the Western Interconnection regarding the launch and expansion of the California ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market, including assessing impacts on existing transmission rights, evaluating potential EIM membership, drafting comments for CAISO stakeholder processes, developing comments for FERC consideration, and assessing compliance obligations resulting from CAISO and California Air Resources Board rules and regulations.
  • Provides counsel to energy-consuming industrial customers regarding power supply options, including cost reduction, renewable energy sourcing, and legislative and regulatory policies.
  • Supports developer clients in negotiating power purchase agreements and navigating interconnection and class year processes.
  • Represents utilities in negotiations and litigation regarding scheduling, delivery, and payment for power from PURPA Qualifying Facilities.
  • Provides counsel to hydroelectric power producers regarding international water treaty implications and obligations.
  • Represents ISO market participants in response to investigation by market monitor, including analysis of ISO tariff, market conditions, and bidding behavior.
  • Represents transmission-owning municipalities seeking to join the Mid-Continent Independent System Operator and the Southwest Power Pool in membership and transmission rate recovery filings, as well as subsequent administrative and appellate litigation.
  • Provides analysis and drafting to clients regarding federal and state carbon policies.  Supported clients regarding EPA’s Clean Power Plan regulating CO2 emissions from existing power plants, including drafting comments on the Clean Power Plan proposed rule and assisting in developing compliance strategies.
  • Successfully obtained asylum in litigated proceeding for a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Publications

Why Capacity Markets are the Fitbits of the Electric Utility Industry

The Electricity Journal, Vol. 31 Issue 3 pp. 32-38
04/01/2018

The Columbia River Treaty at 50: Looking back, looking ahead

ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resource's Trends, Vol. 45 Issue 6
08/01/2014

After the Marshall Spill: Oil Pipelines in the Great Lakes Region

A Legal Analysis by the National Wildlife Federation
10/01/2012

From Massachusetts to Minnesota: The RPS, Carbon Caps, and the Dormant Commerce Clause in 2010

Energy Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association, Vol. 8 Issue 4 pp. 15
07/01/2011