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Lauren M. Perkins

Associate

As an Associate in the Firm’s Sacramento office, Ms. Perkins focuses on energy law and regulation at the federal and state levels. At the federal level, her work involves proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including with respect to transmission owner rate cases, California Independent System Operator (CAISO) tariff filings, hydroelectric matters, and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability matters. Ms. Perkins participates in CAISO stakeholder proceedings and follows developments in the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM).

At the state level, Ms. Perkins assists clients in proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), with regard to matters affecting utility rates and operations. Ms. Perkins also focuses on energy and environmental law and policy matters relevant to California’s goal of achieving clean energy mandates while maintaining reliability, including developments at the California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board with respect to Renewables Portfolio Standard regulations, and at the CPUC and CAISO with respect to resource adequacy.

Ms. Perkins started as a summer associate in the Firm’s D.C. office in 2017. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Perkins interned for the CPUC in the Administrative Law Judge Division, California Department of Transportation, and for the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. She also participated in the University of San Diego’s Energy Law and Policy Clinic, working on an energy efficiency and enforcement issue for the California Energy Commission. 
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2018 (Cum Laude)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S., 2014
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2018 (Cum Laude) 
  • Energy Bar Association 
  • Young Professionals in Energy
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment (AWWEE)
  • California Women in Energy (CAWiE)
  • Presenter, EUCI Seminar, Electric Reliability 101, FERC Compliance and Enforcement, “Current Threats & Emerging Issues” (with Peter Scanlon, Sean Neal, Lisa Gast and Clarence Hawkes) (Sept. 9-10, 2020)
  • Moderator, Panel on “The Impacts of Wildfires” at the Eleventh Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law in San Diego, CA (Nov. 8, 2019)
  • Author, “Hope on the Horizon for Offshore Wind Development? An Examination of the Regulatory Framework Rhode Island Navigated to Make the Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm a Reality, and the Implication for California’s Ability to Adopt a Similar Approach under the Coastal Zone Management Act,” San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law. 

Overview

As an Associate in the Firm’s Sacramento office, Ms. Perkins focuses on energy law and regulation at the federal and state levels. At the federal level, her work involves proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including with respect to transmission owner rate cases, California Independent System Operator (CAISO) tariff filings, hydroelectric matters, and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability matters. Ms. Perkins participates in CAISO stakeholder proceedings and follows developments in the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM).

At the state level, Ms. Perkins assists clients in proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), with regard to matters affecting utility rates and operations. Ms. Perkins also focuses on energy and environmental law and policy matters relevant to California’s goal of achieving clean energy mandates while maintaining reliability, including developments at the California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board with respect to Renewables Portfolio Standard regulations, and at the CPUC and CAISO with respect to resource adequacy.

Ms. Perkins started as a summer associate in the Firm’s D.C. office in 2017. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Perkins interned for the CPUC in the Administrative Law Judge Division, California Department of Transportation, and for the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. She also participated in the University of San Diego’s Energy Law and Policy Clinic, working on an energy efficiency and enforcement issue for the California Energy Commission. 

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2018 (Cum Laude)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S., 2014

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Honors

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2018 (Cum Laude) 

Organizations

  • Energy Bar Association 
  • Young Professionals in Energy
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment (AWWEE)
  • California Women in Energy (CAWiE)

Presentations

  • Presenter, EUCI Seminar, Electric Reliability 101, FERC Compliance and Enforcement, “Current Threats & Emerging Issues” (with Peter Scanlon, Sean Neal, Lisa Gast and Clarence Hawkes) (Sept. 9-10, 2020)
  • Moderator, Panel on “The Impacts of Wildfires” at the Eleventh Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law in San Diego, CA (Nov. 8, 2019)

Publications

  • Author, “Hope on the Horizon for Offshore Wind Development? An Examination of the Regulatory Framework Rhode Island Navigated to Make the Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm a Reality, and the Implication for California’s Ability to Adopt a Similar Approach under the Coastal Zone Management Act,” San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law.