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Overview

Michael is focused on helping clients make the most of structural changes in the energy industry.

Michael counsels clients on the rights and obligations of participants in organized electricity markets. With a background working as in house counsel for a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) and a power trading firm, Michael is equipped to advise industry clients on numerous aspects of regulatory, financial, and transactional issues affecting the development and optimization of generation and transmission assets.

Previously with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), Michael practiced before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) where he:

  • Managed diverse groups of stakeholders toward consensus-driven changes to MISO’s interconnection process, including proceedings related to: modification of site control requirements; Network Upgrade cost allocation and transmission owner funding; creation of study processes for merchant HVDC transmission systems; revisions to surplus interconnection service processes.
  • Negotiated numerous contracts relating to the interconnection of generation resources to the transmission system and operation of the grid including engineering agreements, generator interconnection agreements, transmission connection agreements, and various agreement relating to cost allocation of network upgrade costs.
  • Counseled MISO in the development of hybrid resource capabilities, including the creation of capacity accreditation methodology and definition of market products for hybrid resources.  
  • Advised on the effect of FERC rulemakings on MISO including landmark open access rulemakings, Demand Response compensation in wholesale markets, Interconnection reform, Distributed Energy Resources, and various rulemakings affecting interconnection in RTO markets.

Michael is experienced with matters of market design and regulatory policy in many regions of the U.S. including the CAISO, ERCOT, SPP, MISO, and PJM. Michael has addressed matters relating to the development of energy imbalance markets, capacity market price formation, hedge strategy, and market settlements.


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Education

  • J.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
    • Certification – Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law
  • B.A., Indiana University
    • Certification in Business Management, Kelly School of Business

Admissions

  • Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Michael is associated with the Washington, DC office for telephone purposes only. He is not admitted in Washington, DC.

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association
*Michael works remotely and is licensed in Indiana, practicing in Indianapolis, IN. Contact Michael via e-mail or phone for in person/virtual meetings. Use our Washington, DC office address for mail/deliveries.
Experience
  • Represented Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO), a major grid operator, in administrative proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
  • Served as lead counsel for MISO on many FERC proceedings involving reform of MISO's transmission and interconnection planning, including changes to interconnection Site Control requirements and redesign of queue study and milestone payments; appeals before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on transmission owner funding of network upgrades; Order 845 "Surplus Interconnection Service" compliance filings; the marketing of products for hybrid generation resources and battery storage; and resource adequacy accreditation of hybrid resources.
  • Researched and analyzed the effect of numerous FERC rulemakings on MISO and its diverse stakeholders including Orders 888 and 889 (landmark open access rulemakings), Order 745 (Demand Response compensation in wholesale markets), Order 845 (Interconnection reform), Order 2222 (Distributed Energy Resources), and various rulemakings affecting interconnection in RTO markets (e.g., Order 845 Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Docket No. RM21-17).
  • Advised business clients on matters of MISO Tariff interpretation, especially Generator Interconnection Agreements.
  • Contributed to research and counsel for MISO compliance with Order 2222 regarding Distributed Energy Resources.
  • Designed generator interconnection study processes to improve customer experience and streamline development process.
  • Analyzed market design and regulatory schemes and advised clients on impacts of key regulatory developments.
  • Represented power trading company in electricity market design proceedings and stakeholder engagements in California and Texas.
Outside the Office

Mike is an amateur jazz guitarist, bandleader, and dedicated student of jazz theory and history.

Mike also enjoys sailboat racing on inland lakes and the Great Lakes.

Community Leadership

Michael serves as an adjunct professor at Indiana University McKinney School of Law, teaching a course on emerging issues in energy law. He also guides and mentors students in the completion of advanced legal writing requirements on topics in energy law.

Michael serves as a board member of the Wawasee Yacht Club and is a former board member of the Latino Youth Collective in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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