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Benjamin L. Tejblum

Associate
+1.202.778.9129
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Benjamin Tejblum is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and focuses his practice on energy and infrastructure projects and transactions. Mr. Tejblum regularly represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and has counseled clients on matters involving mergers and acquisitions, interconnection procedures and agreements, transmission rates and cost allocation, market-based sales of energy, and the development of distributed energy resources. Mr. Tejblum also advises clients in negotiating major power purchase agreements, and is a member of the K&L Gates Corporate Energy Sourcing initiative, which helps corporate customers develop and implement sustainability and carbon goals through their renewable energy procurement strategy.

Mr. Tejblum also focuses on issues associated with applications of blockchain technology in the energy industry, and counsels energy start-up companies on a variety of regulatory matters. Mr. Tejblum is the co-author of the Energizer, a bi-weekly publication that highlights emerging issues and trends relating to the use of blockchain and other new technologies in the energy sector.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Tejblum worked as a litigation associate at a New York law firm. He also interned in the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission while pursuing his LL.M. at Georgetown University Law Center.

During law school he served as a student prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York through his participation in the Brooklyn Law School Federal Prosecutor’s Clinic. He also interned with the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, and was a judicial intern for the Hon. Matthew D’Emic of the New York State Supreme Court.

Achievements

  • Recipient of JD Supra’s 2019 Readers Choice Award for Energy & Environmental (Ranked #4 out of over 3,000 authors on energy and environmental matters)
  • Recipient of JD Supra’s 2018 Readers Choice Award for Energy & Environmental (Ranked #3 out of over 1,800 authors on energy and environmental matters)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Energy Bar Association
  • U.S. Association for Energy Economics, National Capital Area Chapter

Speaking Engagements

  • Faculty, Cities Renewable Energy Procurement Bootcamp, February 27-28, 2019.
  • Moderator, “Understanding Blockchain Technology and Its Emerging Role in the Energy Industry,” EUCI Blockchain Technology Revolution Workshop, November 5-6, 2018.
  • Panelist, “Blockchain’s Growing Role: Energy Sector Opportunities & Regulatory Barriers,” EUCI Blockchain Technology for the Energy Sector, May 8-9, 2018.
  • Panelist, “The Implementation: Navigating Regulations & New Business Models” Greentech Media’s Blockchain in Energy Forum, March 8, 2018.
Corporate Energy Sourcing/Renewable Energy Procurement
  • Representing a large global company in connection with its procurement of hundreds of MW of renewable energy. Current work includes the preparation and negotiation of both physical and virtual renewable energy power purchase agreements, development of form physical and virtual power purchase agreements for use in current and potential future renewable energy purchases, development of a form agreement for, and negotiation of, multiple on-site solar power purchases, assisting with regulatory filings, and assisting with the strategy for future procurement of renewable energy credits.
  • Represented global real estate and technology company in negotiating five virtual power purchase agreements to support company’s sustainability goals.
  • Represented a global telecommunications company in negotiating four virtual power purchase agreements with utility scale solar and wind projects to support the company's sustainability goals. Worked closely with the client’s renewable energy broker to negotiate a term sheet and educate internal stakeholders regarding virtual power purchase agreement structure
  • Represented a major developer in negotiating virtual power purchase agreements for the output of several large utility-scale wind projects.
Energy Regulatory and Transactions
  • Represented unregulated subsidiary of large utility in performing regulatory due diligence and obtaining necessary regulatory approvals to acquire and operate multiple utility-scale solar facilities in California
  • Represented unregulated subsidiary of major utility in obtaining necessary regulatory approvals required to enter into a joint venture for ownership of portfolio of solar projects
  • Represented energy storage developer in obtaining Exempt Wholesale Generator status and market-based rate authority
  • Representing a transmission owner in a FERC proceeding to determine the proper cost allocation methodology to be used for high voltage transmission facilities in the PJM Region
  • Represented a transmission owning public utility in modifying its transmission formula rate to reflect recent changes in federal tax laws.
  • Represented a public utility in defending against a challenge to the annual update of its transmission formula rate
  • Represented a large U.S. public pension fund in the acquisition - including securing necessary regulatory approvals - of ownership interests of a 550 MW solar power project in California.