George Washington University Law School,
J.D., with honors, 1973
University of Pittsburgh,
B.A., political science and economics, 1969
District of Columbia
US Supreme Ct
US Ct Appeals, DC Circuit
US Ct Appeals, 7th Circuit (IL, IN, WI)
US Ct Appeals, 9th Circuit (AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, Guam, M. Isles)
American Bar Association
American Public Power Association
Energy Bar Association
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed Preeminent™
The Best Lawyers in America®
Listed for Energy Law, 2018-Present
Thompson Coburn LLP
Senior Counsel, 2016-Present
Peter's broad knowledge of the electric utility industry and considerable experience as both a negotiator and a litigator helps lead his clients to efficient – and favorable – resolutions of their wide-ranging issues. Whether engineers, financial officers, power supply planners, or utility consultants, Peter's clients appreciate that his ability to devise creative solutions to their business concerns is rooted in a deep understanding of their business.
A seasoned practitioner, Peter has frequently represented investor-owned utilities, municipal and cooperative utilities, independent generators, and industry trade organizations before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state regulatory commissions, and federal courts. He counsels his clients on the full spectrum of energy-related issues concerning rates, power supply issues, contract negotiations, and open-access transmission tariffs.
Peter's practice extends to handling antitrust litigation involving transmission access, interconnection and coordination access, and rates and retail competition. He has represented clients before Congress and has also participated on a state restructuring task force committee.
Peter is a recognized industry leader in matters involving generator interconnections. He served as lead counsel for transmission owners in the negotiations that led to the FERC's Order Nos. 2003 and 2006 regarding interconnection procedures and standard agreements for both large and small generators. Peter has also worked with both generators and transmission owners on generator interconnection issues. Recently, he has helped clients develop innovative interconnection procedures that align with intermittent renewable energy resources.
Peter speaks frequently on issues facing the electric utility industry, including FERC jurisdiction, generator interconnections, and the Public Utilities Policy Act of 1978, focusing on questions regarding Qualifying Facilities and issues concerning renewable energy resources. He has also served on the faculty of the Edison Electric Institute Transmission School.
Served as lead Counsel for Transmission Providers, including both investor-owned and publically-owned transmission systems in negotiations resulting in the FERC's Large and Small Generator Interconnection Procedures and Agreement, Order Nos. 2003 and 2006
Work with large generation and transmission cooperatives; played instrumental role in developing innovative interconnection procedures and negotiated an agreement to address interconnection queue issues
Successfully represented a utility in negotiating the settlement of a complaint filed at the FERC by an independent generator claiming improper management of generator interconnection queue and antitrust issues
Successfully negotiated dismissal of a complaint concerning avoided cost issues before state public utilities commission for a rural electric cooperative
Represented the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, American Public Power Association, and Edison Electric Institute in a Small Generator Rulemaking proceeding before the FERC
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