Polsinelli has a long history of representing clients in regulated industries with the greatest strength of our Public Utilities practice being found in the experience of its individual members. Our team includes former in-house attorneys and leaders of state regulatory agencies.  Our members focus their collective efforts on understanding the unique challenges our clients face in the public utilities industry, as well as helping them manage the interplay of requirements from industry regulators.  

Our Public Utilities attorneys are fully equipped to assist regulated and non-regulated utilities with a broad spectrum of legal issues. We routinely advise regulated public companies regarding state and federal regulatory issues before the many state utility commissions, state agencies, and the Federal energy regulatory commission. Our experience spans issues including regulatory compliance, transmission interconnections, certification proceedings, general investigation proceedings, ratemaking, mergers and acquisitions, rate tariff applications, and rulemaking proceedings.

The Public Utilities practice is led by Frank A. Caro, Jr., who previously served as general counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) and has represented many clients in numerous major telecommunications, electric, and natural gas proceedings in Kansas and Missouri in the past 25 years. 

  • Development of strategic business plans for regulated utilities in a continually changing regulatory environment.
  • Mergers/acquisitions and strategic alliances in the energy and public utility industries.
  • Right-of-way and condemnation proceedings.
  • Franchise drafting and negotiation.
  • Monitoring and pro-active involvement in the development, implementation, and structuring of regulatory and legislative changes at the state and federal level for utility and energy industry clients.
  • Representation of various interstate and local gas companies in natural gas pipeline expansion projects, in all facets of regulatory, land use, condemnation, and construction issues.
  • Development and negotiation of purchased power agreements.
  • Development of electric power projects such as base, intermediate or peaking capacity for utilities and Independent Power Producers (IPP), and exempt wholesale generators (EWG).
  • Representation of municipal energy agency in Kansas regulatory matters.
  • Representation before state public utility regulatory bodies for electric and natural gas service providers, IPPs, and renewable energy developers.
  • Evaluate transmission issues and negotiate and draft interconnection agreements with Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) and transmission owners.
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceedings.
  • All aspects of state regulatory proceedings and rate and tariff filings through our Missouri and Kansas offices.
  • Advise various industrial and commercial clients of industry changes regarding the purchasing of telecommunications, electric, and natural gas services.
  • All business, finance, and regulatory aspects of oil and natural gas production and development.
  • Representation of companies involving major infrastructure development and projects involving electric transmission, gas pipelines, water systems, and oil and gas gathering systems.
  • Representation of Missouri’s largest investor-owned electric utility before the MPSC in a matter regarding an entity’s request to transfer functional control of its Missouri electric transmission system to the Mid-continent Independent System Operator.
  • Representation before the MPSC of large industrial consumer of electricity to negotiate and maintain discounted rate schedule and subsequent representation of the client to renegotiate special rate tariff.
  • Representation of renewable natural gas client  in application to the MPSC to disclaim jurisdiction over client’s business operations.
  • Representation of large Missouri hospital electric customer of Missouri utility in rate case proceedings before the MPSC.
  • Representation of large Generation and Transmission cooperative in Missouri proceedings involving the potential merger of  Kansas and Missouri investor-owned electric utilities.