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Overview

Lacey focuses her practice on the Texas energy industry.

Prior to joining the firm, she served as in-house corporate and regulatory counsel for a private wind energy development company. There, she was responsible for the full range of legal issues related to the organization's business activities, including purchase, generation, sale and transmission of power assets, and other commercial, compliance, and real property rights matters. During her tenure, Lacey was integral in the closing of several multimillion-dollar projects including Spinning Spur II and Spinning Spur III in conjunction with EDF Renewable Energy. Additionally, Lacey served as a Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) regulatory member representative.

Currently, Lacey applies her experience in interpreting and complying with the complex regulatory requirements that govern generators and utilities' operations within the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Lacey's experience includes a broad array of project and finance transactions for solar and wind power generation and other energy-related projects. Lacey was integral in leading a group of interested stakeholders to successfully amend the PUCT’s base form distributed generation interconnection agreement to allow additional parties to execute said agreement, thereby opening up the market for more participation. Lacey also assists clients in navigating all aspects of the tax equity investment process including review and negotiation of interconnection agreements, ECCA and LLCA transaction documents, ERCOT and PUCT regulatory permits, interconnection studies, power purchase agreements, and PURA 39.158 filings. Lacey's combination of both in-house and firm experience gives her a unique perspective when representing and understanding client's unique needs and deadlines.


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Education

  • J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law
    • dean's list
      • Energy Law Certificate Recipient
      • American Indian Graduate Center Scholarship Recipient, 2010
      • Texas Young Lawyers Association Minority Scholarship Recipient, 2009
      • Recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Real Property, 2008
  • B.A., University of Southern California
      • Dean’s List Award, spring 2007

Admissions

  • Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Adjunct Professor at UNT College of Law, Fall 2016
  • Adjunct Professor of Wind Energy Law at Texas Tech University, Spring 2016
  • Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance (TREIA), Board of Directors, 2015-2016
Community Leadership
  • NICU Ambassador for Hand to Hold at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, 2017-present
  • March of Times Team Captain, 2018
  • Austin Cattle Baron’s Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society, Fundraising Chairperson, 2012 
  • Safe Place Austin Volunteer, 2012 
  • Family Law Society Chairperson, community event serving underprivileged families, 2008 
  • University of Southern California inner-city mentoring program, volunteer, 2007