K&L Gates

Energy & Natural Resources Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Active within the FERC regulatory context for power clients as well as offering representation before state commissions and federal courts. Adept at advising on compliance with market rules. Frequently seen in transmission cost allocation, interconnection agreements and NERC reliability matters. Also well thought of in the regulatory environment related to hydroelectric power assets.

Strengths Sources say: "They are fantastic. They're very knowledgeable, responsive and they can handle the rush of documents and different parties involved in a matter."

Interviewees highlight: "They have a good mix of knowledge and experience along with innovative thinking and creative ideas. They provide business advice based on long-term relationships and knowledge."

A source remarks: "They provide a fast turnaround, good-quality work and they're awesome to work with."

Work highlights Represented Direct Energy and American Petroleum Institute in a proceeding initiated by PJM Interconnection to change the rules governing its capacity market to address the impact of state subsidies on market dynamics.

Notable practitioners


Donald Kaplan
's regulatory expertise is frequently sought by transmission owners and other industry clients, particularly concerning costs and rate calculations. Market commentators note: "He's an expert in the field with decades of experience. He has a deep knowledge of FERC practice and the PJM tariff."