Chris provides regulatory and transactional counsel to a wide-range of energy clients including public, private, and investor-owned utilities, project developers, and businesses of all sizes.
His regulatory experience includes matters before both federal and state agencies, which frequently require obtaining federal approvals for regulated transactions, including drafting and filing Federal Power Act Section 203 applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); preparing applications to obtain market-based rate authority from FERC; and monitoring reporting deadlines and preparing filings to maintain market-based rate authority—such as triennial market power reports and changes in status filings.
Additionally, Chris frequently participates in both federal and state regulatory proceedings, where he provides strategic counsel on local and federal issues. He also often works on other FERC issues, such as transmission rate cases, generator interconnections, OATT compliance and Standards of Conduct, and other FERC compliance matters.
Chris’s transactional experience extends to several different types of energy transactions, such as asset purchases or sales, mergers and acquisitions, power purchase agreements, development of renewable energy facilities, and term sheet negotiation and drafting. A significant portion of his transactional experience includes the disposition of renewable energy facilities and other, related agreements relating to the development of these facilities. Clients benefit from Chris’ background as a former small business owner, which allows him to approach transactions with a practical, common sense approach.
During law school, Chris was a summer associate and law clerk at Van Ness Feldman, focusing on renewable energy project development, real property due diligence, and electric practice issues.