Ric Fanyo’s specialty is guiding clients through the often arcane process of public utility regulation in Colorado. He gains a thorough understanding of the clients’ business operations and utility service requirements, while developing productive relationships with electric and gas utility executives and their attorneys. This combination enables him to formulate practical and often innovative proposals to serve the clients’ interests in controlling costs and maintaining reliable service. He has followed this approach in representing large industrial customers in every major rate, resource, and renewable energy application to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission by investor-owned electric and gas utilities since 1976. In addition, he assists clients in negotiating service agreements for new and expanded facilities to serve their utility needs. He also advises clients’ government affairs representatives on proposed legislation governing the terms of utility service, including fuel conversion, renewable energy, and rate impacts.
Ric followed the same approach of matching clients’ business objectives with practical proposals in representing the leading taxi and airport shuttle companies in the Denver metropolitan area for 20 years. His representation included aspects of all of their regulatory affairs, including rates and terms of service, acquisitions, driver relationships, legislation, and administrative and judicial litigation. In particular, in recent years he advised on the legislative proposals to reduce the scope of regulation of passenger transportation, the Colorado PUC’s proceedings to implement those changes, and how regulated carriers could adapt to them.
Ric also has extensive experience representing a variety of mining clients (coal, hardrock, stone, sand and gravel, and in-situ uranium). He has represented them before federal and state agencies and courts on issues concerning mining and leasing public lands, royalty regulation and disputes, reclamation and other environmental permitting, enforcement actions, bond releases, and related legislation. He also has represented them in negotiating and litigating private mining leases and royalties, and the purchase and sale of mining properties and assets.