Eric Runge's practice involves the legal, regulatory, commercial, and policy issues facing the evolving electric industry. As part of the team of Day Pitney lawyers that serves as general counsel to the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), Eric represents NEPOOL before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and provides counsel on a wide range of matters related to regional transmission, system reliability, interregional coordination, generator interconnection, and the design and operation of wholesale power markets. Eric serves as general counsel to the financial supporters of a $600 million, 2,000 megawatt transmission interconnection between Quebec and New England. Eric also provides services to several individual companies in the electric industry in the areas of merchant transmission development, interconnection and transmission service issues, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracting, and state and federal regulatory advice and representation.
Eric's experience includes past positions as Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Senior Attorney at New England Power Company.
Serve as lead counsel for NEPOOL on all transmission and reliability matters, including transmission cost allocation, regional system planning, Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative matters, resource adequacy and installed capacity requirements, generator interconnection rules, and the intersection of these areas with the wholesale markets. Involved in the development and administration of the rules, and related regulatory litigation, in these areas.
Serve as FERC counsel to a 1,500 MW merchant transmission project being developed in New Mexico by a state authority in collaboration with a major investment banking firm.
Serve as interconnection counsel to international energy company developing wind farms in Maine.
Provide counsel and representation on matters involving the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, including potential acquisition of distribution company and approval of long-term power purchase agreements with wind power developers.
Drafted and negotiated commercial arrangements for long-term sale of energy and RECs from a wind farm in New England and assisted with transmission issues regarding same.
Negotiated and drafted buyout and assignments, with deal restructuring, of over $200 million of long-term power purchase and power sales agreements for an investor-owned utility.
Served as general counsel to a group of utilities in long-term energy agreement with energy purchases of approximately $100 million per year.
Served as transactional counsel in the divestiture of retail gas and electric company doing business in 10 states.
Assisted a major energy company in the establishment of interconnection agreements for 13 hydroelectric facilities in New England as part of $600 million asset acquisition.
Provide commercial and regulatory advice and transaction assistance to a national retail energy supplier.
Developed commercial arrangements under EEI and ISDA Master Agreements and related contractual arrangements for multiple entities, including competitive retail energy supplier and Exempt Wholesale Generator.
Developed New England rules for reactive-power and wind-power operation and payment.
Served as Massachusetts counsel and project manager on several due diligence efforts regarding potential acquisition of generation assets.
Drafted contract for potential purchase of undersea transmission facilities for offshore wind project.
summa cum laude1982