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Eric K. Runge

Counsel

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Overview

Eric Runge provides counsel and representation to clients in the evolving electric industry at both the federal and state level. Over the course of his thirty year energy practice, he has served clients in successfully addressing a broad array of legal, regulatory, commercial, project development, siting and policy matters. Eric’s energy practice includes extensive work before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and with state regulatory agencies, including the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board and the Department of Public Utilities. In his energy practice, Eric provides sound advice and strong advocacy, together with a commitment to achieving his clients’ objectives efficiently and effectively. He has a current focus on client matters related to electric transmission, generator interconnection, offshore wind and other renewable clean energy resource development, energy storage issues and state siting of energy facilities.

Experience

Counsel to a major offshore wind developer for the development of a 2,400 MW offshore wind generation facility off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island; serve as lead counsel on siting the related transmission connector projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and related environmental matters, interconnection with the regional transmission system, all FERC matters, and ISO-NE rules; and represent the project before the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board and the Department of Public Utilities

Serve as lead counsel for the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) on all transmission and reliability matters, including interconnection, transmission cost allocation, regional system planning, future grid, interregional transmission planning, transmission rates, resource adequacy and installed capacity requirements, and the intersection of these areas with the wholesale power markets; directly involved in the development and administration of the ISO-NE rules, and related regulatory litigation and rulemaking comments, in these areas on behalf of NEPOOL; and participated in the formation of ISO New England Inc. (ISO-NE) back in 1996 and has worked with ISO-NE staff and counsel closely since then, including being directly involved in the development and FERC approval of many of the ISO-NE rules

Counsel for the past 24 years to the group of financial supporters of and rights holder in a 2,000 MW HVDC interconnection between New England and Quebec, including incumbent transmission owners and municipal entities; provide counsel to the group on all contractual, regulatory and ISO-NE rules matters and serve as Secretary and conduct all governance processes for it; and recently helped with negotiations and a successful FERC settlement filing to revise and extend the financial support agreements, resulting in a 20-year extension of the revised agreements

Extensive experience as counsel regarding FERC-jurisdictional interconnection matters for numerous clients over the years, including onshore and offshore wind, solar, and battery storage projects, providing valuable advice and advocacy to help resolve disputes and issues and guide clients through the interconnection process and also advising clients on issues related to state versus federal jurisdiction for interconnection of distributed energy and energy storage facilities

Recently helped successfully litigate a FERC complaint proceeding regarding a $222 million transmission-related affected system dispute between two large investor-owned utilities

Served as Massachusetts regulatory counsel on financings of large 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

Provided counsel and representation of renewable energy sellers in proceedings before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities' for approval of long-term power purchase agreements

Education and Credentials

Education
Boston College Law School, J.D., 1992
Amherst College, A.B., summa cum laude, 1982
Admissions
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Affiliations
New England-Canada Business Council, board of directors (past member)
Energy Bar Association (EBA)
Massachusetts Bar Association
Boston Bar Association