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, 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 19 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
Serve as legal advisor to large international renewable energy company on interconnection and development of generation and participant-funded transmission in New England and Canada
Serve 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 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
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