Whether working with large investor-owned utilities, small marketers, or state agencies, Michael helps clients navigate the federal energy regulatory system. He is particularly involved with electric sales and transmission issues that arise under the Federal Power Act and Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. He assists clients with matters involving sales of electric energy at market-based and cost-based rates, interconnection of generating facilities, the acquisition and sale of power projects, and related regulatory requirements before FERC. Well-versed in the issues facing this ever-evolving industry, Michael uses a detail-oriented approach to help clients implement solutions and meet their goals.
- Counseled electric utilities regarding sales of electric energy at cost-based and market-based rates, and drafted regulated wholesale tariff provisions and transmittal letters.
- Represented electric utilities in contested FERC proceedings, including those related to open access transmission tariffs and regional market issues.
- Worked with electric utilities and state authorities in FERC and federal court proceedings related to the implementation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).
- Represented landowner in FERC proceeding concerning certificated capacity of natural gas storage facility.
- Represented natural gas utilities (pipeline shippers) in contested pipeline rate and tariff proceedings at FERC.
- Reviewed contracts, documents, and other media (e.g., emails, instant messages, and audio recordings) in response to data requests from FERC Enforcement Staff and as part of internal investigations.
Honors and Leadership Positions
- Energy Bar Association Electricity Committee (2016 – present)
- Energy Bar Association FERC Committee (2016 – present)
- “Grid Resilience: What’s in a Name?” Public Utilities Fortnightly, December 2017.
- “Bargaining for Power: Resolving Open Questions from NRG Power Marketing, LLC v. Maine Public Utilities Commission,” 65 Maine Law Review 99 (2013).
- Co-author, “Practical Consequences Arising from FERC’s Secondary Electric Transmission Market,” The Electricity Journal, April 2011, at 34.
Speeches and Presentations
- “Electricity 101,” American Gas Association 9th Annual Energy Market Regulatory Conference, Washington, DC, December 2016.