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  • Education
    • J.D., Washburn University School of Law, 1983
    • B.A., Assumption College, 1980
  • Court Admissions
    • United States Supreme Court, 1987
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1987
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1983
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1987

Frank Caro serves his energy and utility industry clients as a partner in meeting their legal challenges, as well as a trusted resource for strategies that are built on his vast experience in business, regulatory and government affairs. 

As chair of the firm’s national energy group, Frank has been representing clients in the electric, gas and telecommunications industries for more than 30 years, during which time he has assisted in structuring complex business, regulatory and legislative solutions to his clients’ most challenging legal problems.  

Frank supports clients that are involved in all facets of the energy industry from developers to end-use consumers. His energy clients have included energy producers, oil and gas gathering systems, pipelines, large public utility/energy industry organizations, renewable energy developers, rural electric cooperatives, municipal power, energy marketers, and industrial and commercial users of utility services.  

Frank acts as general regulatory counsel to municipal utilities, electric cooperatives and renewable energy developers.

His most recent work involved the acquisition and regulatory approvals and development of a 780-mile 600 kV HVDC electric transmission line extending from Southwest Kansas and into Indiana.

Frank also represents clients before the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) on various matters involving certification proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, rate tariff applications, generic rulemaking proceedings and complaints.  He serves as general regulatory counsel for numerous public utilities.

Prior to joining the firm, Frank served as general counsel for the KCC and acted as chief trial counsel in numerous hearings before the KCC, FERC and FCC.

  • Represent major independent power producer in the acquisition, regulatory approvals and development of 780-mile 600 kV HVDC transmission line extending from southwest Kansas to Indiana.
  • Represented clients’ interests in Arizona’s Navajo Generating Station economic feasibility assessment.
  • Represent independent transmission owners and utilities on project development, expansion and regulatory approvals in Missouri and Kansas.
  • Assisted TVA in evaluation of Watts Bar Nuclear Plant investigation.
  • Represented a major U.S. bank in the evaluation and termination of sale-lease-back arrangement at a multi-unit major coal generating facility.
  • Represent major Kansas municipal power entity in transmission asset acquisition and expansion.
  • Represent state municipal joint action agency as general legislative and regulatory counsel.
  • Represent Colorado municipality in wholesale power supply agreement negotiations and debt restructuring.
  • Represent largest U.S. retail facility in multiple states with power supply and energy efficiency contracts.
  • Assisted Canadian entity on state regulatory approvals involving acquisition of independent transmission facilities.
  • Assisted client on regulatory structure of a 10 MW solar facility on U.S. military facilities.
  • Represent the largest industrial consumer of electric power in Missouri in negotiations with legislative, regulatory and utility officials for competitive efficient power supply.
  • Assist major electric utility in drafting, implementation and approval of comprehensive energy plan encompassing construction of a $2 billion 850-MW base-load super critical electric generating facility, environmental upgrades to existing plant, wind resource development, demand side management programs and rate stability programs. During the implementation phase, assisted with multiple rate case(s) and various other regulatory issues. 
  • Assisted public utilities with numerous types of tariff filings before state public utility commissions, including those addressing weatherization, low-income programs, parallel generation, actual cost adjustment (ACA) filings, energy efficiency riders, energy star programs, net metering, demand side management, peak load curtailment, and various other tariff filings. 
  • Assisted major electric cooperative with addressing rights and responsibilities under Notice to Construct (NTC) received by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), and assisted with subsequent issues related to designating rights and responsibilities under the NTC to a large electric transmission company. 
  • Acted as general counsel for a major U.S. wind developer, and represent it in every aspect of development, construction, sale of power (such as purchase power agreements and asset sales), construction and finance issues, and other issues involved in the construction and operation of wind farm developments. 
  • Assisted solar energy developer with obtaining state approvals, governmental contracting issues, net metering and interconnection issues, and tax issues (such as the investment tax credit, production tax credit, MACRS depreciation, and other issues). 
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May 17, 2021
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Legal and Regulatory Considerations on Power Systems Planning and Conversions

Speaker, The First World Energies Forum - Current and Future Energy Issues; Organized by the MDPI open-access journal Energies and Sapienza University of Roma

September 14, 2020
eAlerts Updates
September 25, 2019
eAlerts Updates
April 2019
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December 7, 2015
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The Cost of Clean Power
Missouri Business Magazine
Co-Author
May 2015
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Kansas Logistics Park: Emerging Friends in the Logistics Market
Harvey County Economic Development Council, Inc.

Frank Caro-Panelist

October 2012
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Emerging Energy Policy Issues: Missouri and Kansas
Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Frank Caro-Speaker
October 2012
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Missouri Energy Policy Conference
Kansas and Missouri State Regulatory Panel Issues
Frank Caro-Moderator
October 2012
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Natural Gas Production in Missouri: An Overview of Fracking and Pipeline Developments
Missouri Energy Initiatives, Energy Perspectives

Co-Authors Alan Claus Anderson and Frank Caro

June 2012