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Hydroelectric Licensing & Compliance

Hydroelectric licensing and compliance for Douglas County P.U.D.

Representation of Douglas County P.U.D. in the integrated relicensing process for the Wells Project, including the negotiation of settlement agreements. (Ongoing)

Hydroelectric licensing and compliance for FirstLight Hydro Generating Company

Representation of FirstLight in competitive relicensing proceedings involving the Scotland Project. (Ongoing)

Hydroelectric licensing and compliance for Idaho Power Company

Representation of Idaho Power Company in proceedings to relicense the Hells Canyon Project, including the first trial-type hearings under section 241 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. (Ongoing)

Hydroelectric licensing and compliance for Pend Oreille County P.U.D.

Representation of Pend Oreille County P.U.D. in proceedings to relicense Seattle City Light's Boundary Project and to surrender Pend Oreille County P.U.D.'s license for the Sullivan Creek Project, including the negotiation of interrelated settlement agreements. (Ongoing)

Hydroelectric power project for Idaho Power Company

Representation of power company in two-state water quality certification proceedings, under § 401 of the Clean Water Act, associated with relicensing of the 1,200 MW Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River. (Ongoing) Read more

Regulatory - electric for Alaska Power & Telephone

Representing AP&T in development of a hydro project near Tok, Alaska. (Ongoing)

Hydroelectric licensing and compliance for Idaho Power Company

Representation of Idaho Power Company in proceedings to relicense the Swan Falls Project. (2012)

Regulatory - electric for Alaska Power & Telephone

Represented BBL Hydro (subsidiary of AP&T) in rate proceeding. (2010)

Regulatory - hydroelectric for Avista

Counsel for hydroelectric licensee in appeal of a Section 401 certification to the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board. Negotiation of a comprehensive, five-party settlement agreement led to dismissal of the appeal and issuance of a favorable Section 401 certification. (2009)

Regulatory - hydroelectric for Chelan County PUD

Counsel for public utility district in negotiation of a multi-party settlement agreement leading to the issuance by FERC of a 43-year license for the Rocky Reach Hydroelectric Project. (2009)

Hydroelectric licensing and compliance for Pend Oreille County P.U.D.

Represented Pend Oreille County P.U.D. in connection with the relicensing and water quality certification of the Box Canyon Project, including judicial review proceedings in the U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. (2007)

Litigation for Avista

Counsel for hydroelectric licensee in Avista v. U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (trial before a Department of the Interior Administrative Law Judge under Section 241 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, holding that many factual assertions by Interior in hydroelectric relicensing proceeding were unfounded). (Dept. of the Interior Admin. Law Judge 2007)

Regulatory - hydroelectric licensing and compliance for Pend Oreille County P.U.D.

Negotiation and FERC approval of a settlement agreement on annual charges for the use of Kalispel Indian Reservation lands. (2007)

Hydroelectric licensing and compliance for Idaho Power Company

Represented the licensee in U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in successful defense against petitions challenging relicensing orders and settlement agreement for the Mid-Snake hydroelectric projects. Idaho Rivers United v. FERC, No. 05-72513 (2006)

Hydroelectric licensing and compliance for Public Service Company of New Hampshire

Represented the licensee in trial-type hearings under Section 241 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. (2006) Read more

Litigation for Idaho Power Company

Represented the licensee in U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in successful defense against petitions challenging relicensing orders and settlement agreement for the Mid-Snake hydroelectric projects (Idaho Rivers United v. FERC, No. 05-72513). (2006)

Regulatory - hydroelectric for Chelan County PUD

Counsel for public utility district in negotiation of a multi-party settlement agreement leading to the issuance by FERC of a 50-year license for the Lake Chelan Hydroelectric Project. (2006)

Regulatory - hydroelectric licensing and compliance for Douglas County P.U.D.

FERC proceeding to approve a settlement agreement with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation involving annual charges for the use of Indian land and the sale of power. (2005)

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation v. Ecology

Defended Chelan County PUD in challenge to Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification against claims of Indian tribes that project failed to provide reasonable assurance of compliance with water quality standards. Prevailed in trial before Pollution Control Hearings Board in widely cited decision. 2004 WL 891949 (Wash. Pollution Control Hearings Bd. 2004)

Hydroelectric licensing and compliance for Chelan County P.U.D. (Wash.)

Counsel for hydroelectric licensee in Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation v. Ecology (trial before the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board, holding that Section 401 of the Clean Water Act does not require strict adherence with numeric water quality criteria). (2004)

Regulatory - hydroelectric licensing and compliance for Chelan County P.U.D.

FERC proceeding to approve habitat conservation plans for the protection of anadromous fish under the Endangered Species Act. (2004)

Project financing for Alaska Electric Light & Power*

Privatization of a federally owned hydroelectric dam in Alaska, transferring operation and output of the facility to an investor-owned utility using the proceeds of a $100 million tax-exempt bond facility. (1998)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm