Accomplishments

Assisted Ice Energy in teaming with the Southern California Power Authority, and its 12 member utilities to deploy a utility-scale 53-megawatt ice storage air conditioning project to permanently shift on-peak electricity demand to off-peak and maintain more than 6,000 units under a long-term contract.

Represented the Alliance for Retail Energy Markets, the California Alliance for Choice in Energy Solutions and the Direct Access Customer Coalition in successful efforts at the California Public Utilities Commission to implement SB 695 and its phased reopening of the direct access market.

Assisted a Canadian flow battery manufacture in working with the California Public Utilities Commission to obtain a decision allowing incentive payments to Self Generation Incentive Program applicants for electricity storage technologies coupled with renewable energy resources.

On behalf of the Western Power Trading Forum and Direct Access Customer Coalition, convinced the California Public Utilities Commission to reject both an inappropriate stranded cost charge and an uncompetitive RFO process proposed by the utility in the PG&E Solar PV proceeding.

Assisted the Western Power Trading Forum in protesting advice letters that would impose improper tariff charges for station power usage at facilities owned and operated by its members leading to a favorable decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission upholding their legal position.

Assisted the Alliance for Retail Energy Markets and the Western Power Trading Forum in proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission to implement long-term procurement and resource adequacy provisions that are consistent with competitive market principles.

Assisted California’s largest provider of non-emergency community information and referral services to secure CPUC approval of the first application for authorization to use the 211 abbreviated dialing code in California.

Assisted Sustainable Conservation, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization, obtain intervenor compensation for substantial contributions to California Public Utilities Commission policy and utility implementation of interconnection of small renewable energy-fueled facilities.

On behalf of the Western Power Trading Forum, filed a successful motion to dismiss the application of PG&E to build the proposed Tesla power plant in contravention of the California Public Utilities’ Commission rules pertaining to the development of utility-owned generation.

Negotiated dismissal of a substantial tax penalty imposed by the California Board of Equalization on a private transmission owner in Central California.

Represents major manufacturer of cans and bottles in negotiation of electricity and natural gas purchase agreements at facilities around the country.

Assisted the US Department of Energy in performing due diligence for a loan guarantee application submitted by a geothermal power plant project developer in the Imperial Valley.

Assists Transwestern Pipeline Company in monitoring all California natural gas regulatory proceedings that may affect its operations in delivering natural gas to California.

Assisted a private equity fund perform due diligence for development of a natural gas-fueled combined-cycle power plant on a Native American reservation in Southern California.

Represents Arizona Public Service and Pinnacle West with regard to California greenhouse gas and California Air Resources Board activities pertaining to the implementation of AB 32.

Assisted BioEnergy Solutions in working with the California Energy Commission to allow direct injection of dairy-produced methane as eligible for credit under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, and helped negotiate contracts with PG&E for the output of the initial biogas production facility.

Helped form the California Alliance for Choice in Energy Solutions a regulatory advocacy group of over 200 parties that advocate for retail competition in California and on its behalf filed a successful petition at the California Public Utilities Commission requesting that the agency commence a rulemaking into restoring the right of retail choice  to California  electricity consumers.

Assisted owners of a dairy products manufacturing facility in obtaining approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to waive qualifying cogeneration facility operating and efficiency standards, enabling conversion to a distilled water manufacturing facility serving a local community.

Filed a successful petition for modification of the direct access suspension rules that permitted Albertsons, Inc. and other direct access customers to transfer direct access rights to new facilities.

Assisted Ice Energy in working with the California Public Utilities Commission to establish a new category of demand response known as permanent load shifting, and helped arrange pilot programs with Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric.

Assisted a plastic bottle manufacturer and numerous other industrial concerns with the successful modification of then-current rules to permit customers served under a utility’s economic development rates to be permitted to opt out from these rates retroactively, with all liquidated damages under the minimum charge provision waived.

Assisted with acquisition of five natural gas-fueled peaking generating facilities in PG&E’s and SDG&E’s service territories, and renegotiation of their associated power purchase and sales agreement with the California Department of Water and Power.

Assisted the Imperial Irrigation District with negotiation of an interconnection agreement with a wind energy power project developer.

Assisted the Alliance for Retail Energy Markets in successfully rejecting a proposed retroactive suspension of direct access that would have essentially eliminated the competitive retail market.

Assisted a biomass-fueled power plant developer in negotiation of power purchase and sales and associated interconnection agreements with SDG&E.

Assisted Stirling Energy Systems with successfully negotiating power purchase and sales agreements with Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, and associated large generator interconnection agreements with the California Independent System Operator to develop the world's two largest thermal solar power projects in the Mojave Desert and Imperial Valley regions of southern California,

Assisted federal and local public entities and ESCO developers in modifying California's Self Generation Incentive Program to allow hybrid wind-solar alternative distributed energy generation projects come on line.

Assisted negotiations of a long-term contract to develop a start-up biomass pelletization project to provide sustainable energy fuel supply to co-fire fossil fueled electric generation projects in Europe

Assisted Merrill International and LG&E Power in the negotiation of all project-related agreements for the development of green field power plants in Argentina

Advised and negotiated agreements for all aspects of start-up energy services companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain.

Developed standard retail natural gas and electricity supply contracts and scalable administrative systems that are models for the industry

Created California’s first utility gas transportation program and drafted and negotiated the state’s first investor-owned utility gas transportation agreement

Negotiated design/build engineering and construction contracts for energy services and ESCO agreements for numerous public facilities

Founded the Direct Access Alliance, which advocated and successfully obtained uniform statewide rules for electricity competition in California

Assisted with negotiation of build-own-operate energy facility outsourcing agreements for the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, and operations and maintenance contracts with the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and other high profile facilities

Created the nation's first major utility spot market gas purchase program for Southern California Gas Company

 


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