Alan I. Robbins

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Mr. Robbins is a career energy lawyer. His energy practice is focused on electric resource and transmission management, operation, and regulation for electric utilities (principally municipal and cooperative electric systems), and large end-users of electric power. Mr. Robbins’ active clients are or have included municipal joint action agencies, generation and transmission cooperatives, state regulatory commissions, individual municipal and cooperative electric systems, larger end-users, and other market participants.

Biography

Mr.  Robbins is a career energy lawyer. His energy practice is focused on electric resource and transmission management, operation, and regulation for electric utilities (principally municipal and cooperative electric systems), and large end-users of electric power. Mr. Robbins’ active clients are or have included municipal joint action agencies, generation and transmission cooperatives, state regulatory commissions, individual municipal and cooperative electric systems, larger end-users, and other market participants.

A significant part of his practice entails helping clients interface with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on regulatory procedures, tariff and other rate filings, merger proceedings, and hydroelectric licensing and licensing compliance. Mr. Robbins was also then engaged in the proceedings before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) relating to the proposed high-level waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Mr. Robbins also represents his clients in state and federal court litigation on various energy and utility matters.

Much of Mr. Robbins’ work focuses on helping clients interact with Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs), including the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO), the PJM RTO (PJM), the Southwest Power Pool RTO (SPP), and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO)., and the Southwest Power Pool RTO. The constantly changing landscape of the electric power industry brings new challenges to his clients and requires ongoing evaluation and modification of their business and legal strategies.

Mr. Robbins is active in project development, including new hydroelectric and other renewable resources. Much of this work involves the development of project participation agreements, and power purchase and sale agreements. Transmission matters related to new projects is commonly involved as well.

Mr. Robbins has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, in the category of Energy Law. He has also been named as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in the area of Energy and Natural Resouces, Utilities, and Administrative Law.

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia (1978)

Court Admission

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (1979)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1980)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (2016)

Representative Engagements

  • Utah Municipal Power Agency (UMPA)
  • Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA)
  • Michigan South Central Power Agency (MSCPA)
  • City of Hamilton, Ohio
  • Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NOVEC)
  • Rochester Public Utilities, Rochester, Minnesota (RPU)
  • Kansas Municipal Energy Agency (KMEA)
  • Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN)
  • Clark County, Nevada
  • Salt River Project, Arizona (SRP)
  • Mr. Robbins counsels numerous individual municipal or cooperative electric systems on a variety of issues including utility mergers, business counseling, FERC proceedings, state court proceedings and other matters.

Media and Presentations

Articles

Blogs

Presentations

  • “Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) & Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Update,” MMEA Fall Conference (October 2019)
  • “Update from Washington,” presented at the Utah Municipal Power Agency (March 2019)

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
  • Listed, Rising Stars, Washington D.C. Super Lawyers (2019) in the categories of Energy and Natural Resources
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America© in the category of Energy Law (2007 – 2020)
  • Listed, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in the categories of Energy & Natural Resources, Utilities, Administrative Law (2010 – 2018)
  • Listed, Top Attorneys in Washington, D.C. Metro Area (2010 – 2017)