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, future grid, interregional coordination, generator interconnection, and the design and operation of wholesale power markets.
Eric serves as general counsel to the financial supporters of a 2,000 megawatt HVDC transmission interconnection between Quebec and New England. In that role, he recently guided the client through lengthy negotiations to extend the financial support agreements for an additional 20 years under revised terms and conditions, and is FERC counsel in the proceeding to approve the amended agreements.
In addition, Eric also provides services to several individual companies in the electric industry in the areas of transmission development and siting interconnection and transmission service issues, commercial contracting, and state and federal regulatory advice and representation. He provides counsel and representation to utilities, project developers and investors regarding Massachusetts regulatory rules and processes for renewable, clean energy and ISO New England Inc. interconnection processes.
Eric is currently representing and advising the developer of a large offshore wind facility regarding interconnection and transmission, state regulatory and Massachusetts siting and permitting matters, including those involving the Energy Facilities Siting Board and Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. He is also advising a transmission developer on the potential development of market-based transmission in New England.
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, interregional transmission planning, transmission rates, resource adequacy and installed capacity requirements, 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 and rulemaking comments, in these areas
Serve as counsel and Secretary for the past 21 years to a group of financial supporters of and rights holder in a 2,000 MW HVDC interconnection between New England and Quebec, which included incumbent transmission owners and municipal entities; Represented this group as a purchaser under a long-term energy agreement with Hydro-Quebec for energy purchases of approximately $100 million per year and provided counsel on contractual and regulatory matters, organize all meetings, develop agendas, coordinate activities of the group, conduct all governance processes and keep the minutes of meetings. Represented the group in negotiations and FERC proceeding for long-term extension of the financial support agreements
Serve as Massachusetts energy regulatory counsel for a major offshore wind generation facility, providing advice and representation on interconnection, transmission, state regulatory and siting matters, including before the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board and the Department of Public Utilities
Served as interconnection counsel for a utility scale battery storage project in ISO-NE
Served as legal advisor to large international renewable energy company on interconnection and development of generation and participant-funded transmission in New England and Canada
Served as Massachusetts regulatory counsel on financings of portfolios of solar energy projects
Served 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
Served as interconnection counsel to international energy company developing wind farms in Maine
Provided counsel and representation on matters involving the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities' approval of long-term power purchase agreements with with wind projects, including the Cape Wind project and the Kibby Wind farm
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
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
Provided commercial and regulatory advice and transaction assistance to a national retail energy supplier
Served as Massachusetts counsel and project manager on several due diligence efforts regarding potential acquisition of generation assets
Assisted in drafting contract for potential purchase of undersea transmission facilities for offshore wind project