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

Michael is an energy law practitioner in Husch Blackwell’s Energy and Natural Resources group. He focuses on matters of electric industry regulation and market design, working with a wide variety of clients including conventional and renewable power generators, battery storage companies, grid enhancing technology companies, energy customers, retail electric providers, project financiers, and investors. Michael advises clients on issues that include:

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) transmission planning and cost allocation
  • Generator interconnection process requirements and reforms
  • Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) market structure and design
  • Market registrations and certifications
  • Power procurement and offtake agreements
  • Transmission system access
  • Merchant generation interconnection issues
  • Utility reporting requirements

In addition, Michael works on energy mergers and acquisitions, advising clients on regulatory aspects of energy infrastructure development and asset financing and transfers. He also structures utility-scale power purchase agreements for clean power buyers and producers in organized and traditional market regions, as well as offtake agreements for on-site solar power in several U.S. states.

Outside of the office, Michael serves as an adjunct professor at Indiana University McKinney School of Law, teaching a course on emerging issues in energy law.


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Education

  • J.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
    • Editor, Indiana International and Comparative Law Review
    • Certification in Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law
  • B.A., Indiana University
    • Economics, summa cum laude
    • 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 and mail 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 or virtual meetings. Use our Washington, DC office address for mail/deliveries only.
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.
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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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