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Overview

Chris has been practicing for 28 years, concentrating in the area of administrative law with an emphasis in matters pertaining to energy and natural resources.

He represents participants in numerous areas of the electric industry, including competitive retail providers, independent power producers, power marketers, investor-owned and public power utilities, investors, lenders, and customers. Chris focuses on a broad scope of regulatory issues, including compliance and enforcement, commercial disputes, market structure, development related matters, and certification.

Chris participated extensively in the rulemakings and contested cases of the Texas Public Utility Commission to implement its 1999 electric industry restructuring legislation. In addition to regulatory matters, he advises clients on power plant development, acquisition, and financing issues. He is a frequent author and speaker, and a Board member of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Chambers USA, Litigation (Electricity), 2014-2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
    • with honors
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin
    • with special honors

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Austin Bar Association
  • Federalist Society of America
  • Gulf Coast Power Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas, Administrative Law Association
  • Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance, Board of Directors
Experience
  • Lead counsel for the new transmission utility applicant seeking Texas Public Utility Commission certification of what would eventually become the longest utility transmission line in Texas.
  • Lead counsel for the complainants challenging ERCOT’s recommendation of a major transmission upgrade project at the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
  • Lead local counsel on a recent tax equity investment in a 207.2 MW wind farm development, and Texas regulatory counsel on numerous other tax equity investments in wind generation facilities.
  • Lead counsel defending a power generation company against an enforcement action based on alleged failure to comply with ERCOT Protocols.
  • Obtained Texas Public Utility Commission certification for numerous retail electric providers and power generation companies, and handled recurring reporting obligations.
  • Represented a major power marketer and power generation company in obtaining Texas Public Utility Commission approval of a Voluntary Mitigation Plan.
  • Lead counsel for a wind developer on a Texas Public Utility Commission complaint against a Texas utility for failure to interconnect.
  • Represented several retail electric companies defending against Texas Public Utility Commission formal customer complaint cases.
  • Lead counsel to a power plant developer’s gas pipeline affiliate in obtaining Texas Railroad Commission approval for the pipeline and associated tariffs.
  • Counsel or lead counsel in numerous judicial review proceedings of Texas Public Utility Commission orders.
Webinar | December 2019
Community Solar in Texas

Meeting Texas’ Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows

Webinar | October 2019
e-Mobility Working Committee and Issues

Webinar Series: Meeting Texas’ Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows

Speaking Engagements | September 26 - 27, 2019
Conference Chair, 18th Annual Gas and Power Institute hosted by UT Law
Webinar | August 16, 2019
NADB Environmental Infrastructure Financing

Webinar Series: Meeting Texas’ Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows

Webinar | July 9, 2019
Review of Legislative Issues Concerning Renewables

Meeting Texas’ Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows

Webinar | June 13, 2019
Solar Forecasting Technologies for Energy Markets and Electricity Networks

Webinar Series: Meeting Texas' Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows

Webinar | May 16, 2019
Cybersecurity, NERC and Solar O&M in Texas

Meeting Texas’ Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows Webinar Series

Webinar | May 7, 2019
ITC & PTC Status Overview

Webinar Series: Meeting Texas’ Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows

Speaking Engagements | February 25 - 27, 2019
Conference Chair, ERCOT Market Summit Presented by Infocast, Austin, TX
Webinar | December 17, 2018
New Directions: Renewable Energy in a Transforming Environment Webinar Series

Texas Legislative Preview

Webinar | December 14, 2018
Federal and State Regulatory Approvals - December 14, 2018

Topics and Trends: Renewable Energy Projects in 2018

Speaking Engagements | October 23, 2018
Speaker, "Resilience: Regulatory Challenges and Solutions to Enable the Use of Storage in Texas," Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance GridNEXT 2018

GridNEXT is the energy-industry conference focused specifically on how renewable technologies in Texas are transforming the Grid of the Future. It is the premier event of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance (TREIA).

Webinar | 10/11/2018
Summer 2018:
ERCOT Market Performance
and Potential Changes
October 11, 2018

New Directions: Renewable Energy in a Transforming Environment Webinar Series

Webinar | August 7, 2018
Storage, New Technologies and
Demand Response:
Regulatory Outlook and Integration
August 7, 2018

New Directions: Renewable Energy in a Transforming Environment Webinar Series

Webinar | June 12, 2018
Financing Renewable Energy Developments
June 12, 2018

New Directions: Renewable Energy in a Transforming Environment Webinar Series

Webinar | June 12, 2018
Financing Renewable Energy Developments

New Directions: Renewable Energy in a Transforming Environment Webinar Series

Webinar | May 18, 2018
ERCOT Renewable Energy Market Outlook
May 18, 2018

New Directions: Renewable Energy in a Transforming Environment Webinar Series

Speaking Engagements | January 25, 2018
Texas PUC: 2017 Year in Review, Gulf Coast Power Association
News Releases | September 5, 2019
Husch Blackwell to Sponsor 18th Annual Gas & Power Institute

The Gas & Power Institute presents a full program that covers timely topics relevant to the gas and power industry in light of the changing landscape of rules, regulation, legislation, and environmental requirements.

Media Mentions | July 24, 2019
TREIA: A Look Back at 2019 Legislative Activities
News Releases | May 1, 2019
Husch Blackwell, TREIA Launch 2019 Texas Renewable Energy Industry Webinar Series

The webinar series will focus on the latest topics affecting the Texas energy industry and customers.

Media Mentions | August 24, 2018
Houston Business Journal: Husch Blackwell partner gives outlook for 17th annual Gas and Power Institute

Chris Reeder discusses topics of note and how the annual Gas & Power Institute — and the industry at large — has evolved over the past two decades.

News Releases | May 11, 2018
Husch Blackwell, TREIA Launch 2018 Renewable Energy Webinar Series

Husch Blackwell partners with TREIA once again to present a webinar series focused on the Texas renewable energy industry.

News Releases | October 18, 2017
Husch Blackwell to Sponsor GridNEXT 2017
Community Leadership
  • Don and Birdie Reeder Global Emergency Relief Fund, Founder and Director, 2007-present
  • Texas Law School 1L Mentoring Program, Volunteer, 2019
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Volunteer, 2003-2004
  • District 9A Grievance Committee, 1997-2003
  • Women’s Advocacy Project, Volunteer, 1989-1990