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Edward W. O'Neill

Ed O’Neill advises competitive utility service providers, large consumers of utility services, public agencies, utilities and consumer groups on a wide range of electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water matters. He places special emphasis on practice before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Prior to joining the firm, Ed served at the CPUC as administrative law judge, Commissioner's advisor and Assistant General Counsel.

Practice Highlights
  • Authored the California Public Utilities Commission’s rule implementing the California Environmental Quality Act and assisted utilities, public agencies and intervenors in licensing and environmental review of electric and telecommunications infrastructure projects.
  • Secured California Public Utilities Commission approval of power purchase agreements for development of renewable energy projects.
  • Successfully settled an administrative enforcement proceeding against a telecommunications company rising out of the October 2007 wildfires that burned large portions of San Diego County and caused over $1 billion in damage claims.
  • Secured an order from the California Public Utilities Commission conditioning approval of an international water utility merger on the divestiture of a local California water utility affiliate to a local public agency client.
  • Secured an exemption for a public agency client from certain “nonbypassable” charges arising from the California Energy Crisis, saving the client over $2 million annually.
  • Lead strategist and negotiator for the California Public Utilities Commission and State of California in resolving an international trade dispute brought by the Canadian federal government and provinces of Alberta and British Columbia over the terms and conditions affecting $1 billion in annual natural gas trade.
  • Lead attorney on the administrative agency review of cost overruns incurred by Pacific Gas and Electric Company in constructing the $5.8 billion Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

Representative Experience

Regulatory - telecommunications for Crown Castle

Represent in securing compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act and authority from the California Public Utilities Commission to construct distributed antenna system (DAS) facilities in California. (Ongoing)

Regulatory - electric for South San Joaquin Irrigation District

Represent in administrative and judicial proceedings pertaining to SSJID's plan to expand the scope of its services to include retail electric service within its existing service territory in California's Central Valley, including CEQA compliance and administrative proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission, San Joaquin County Planning Commission, and San Joaquin Local Agency Formation Commission. (Ongoing)

Renewable energy for SolarCity

Represent in administrative proceedings regarding rules and requirements applicable to the development and marketing of solar PV systems in compliance with the California Solar Initiative (CSI) and California Public Utilities Commission rules implementing the CSI. (Ongoing)

Regulatory - natural gas for City of Long Beach

Represent the City of Long Beach Oil and Gas Department in administrative proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission regarding cost allocation, rate design, and terms and conditions of intrastate natural gas transportation and storage. (Ongoing)

Regulatory - telecommunications for Cox California Telcom, LLC

Represent Cox in regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission regarding engineering, construction, inspection, and maintenance requirements applicable to communications facilities installed on joint use poles with electric distribution and transmission lines. (Ongoing)

Additional Qualifications

  • Assistant General Counsel, California Public Utilities Commission, 1990-1998 
  • Administrative Law Judge, 1989-1990
  • Legal Advisor to CPUC Commissioner Richard D. Gravelle, 1978-1980
  • Staff Litigation Counsel, 1980-1989
  • Faculty Member, 39th Annual NARUC Regulatory Studies Program, Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University, 1997

Professional & Community Activities

  • President, Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, 2008
  • Board of Directors, California Public Utility Counsel, 2002-2008

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of "America’s Leading Lawyers for Business" by Chambers USA in Projects and Energy: Regulatory (California), 2005-2007; Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (California), 2008-2013
  • Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Energy Law and Natural Resources Law by Best Lawyers, 2006-present; named in Administrative Law, 2007-present
  • Selected to "Northern California Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2004-2008, 2013