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Maria C. Faconti

Represented merchant generator in obtaining dismissal of competitor's request to install two battery storage systems as alternative to traditional distribution system expansion.
Drafted post-hearing briefs and exceptions to Proposal for Decision (PFD) and made oral arguments before Public Utility Commission of Texas commissioners.
Drafted comments in various Public Utility of Texas projects related to resource adequacy and marketing design changes (Projects 47199, 48551, 48539, and 48540).
Assisted client in understanding proposed regulatory changes and impacts of deregulation in Nevada.
Assisted client in understanding federal and state Kari's Law requirements related to provision of 9-1-1 services.
Served as state regulatory counsel for lender group closing construction loans totaling $2 billion for three Oklahoma wind projects, 999 MW, 288 MW, and 199 MW in size.
Routinely counseled congestion revenue rights (CRR) account holders on Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) general matters, including minimum participation requirements and other compliance issues.
Assisted with project development work for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners for 18 months on Fighting Jays 476MWdc solar project, originally developed by AP Solar Holdings, and assisted in the tax equity financing of the project, focusing on interconnection and energy regulatory issues.
Advised government entities and third parties with respect to the Texas Public Information Act, including requests for letter rulings from the Texas Attorney General and objections.
Provided regulatory advice and negotiating transaction documents for behind-the-meter and on-site power generation projects.
Represented governmental entities, including school districts, in three El Paso Electric rate proceeding before the PUCT.
Represented governmental entities, including school districts, before the PUCT in El Paso Electric's sale, transfer, merger proceedings.
Assisted Jupiter Power in closing of financing for multiple storage projects (both DG and non-DG), ensuring all required energy regulatory approvals with PUCT, ERCOT, and TRE had been obtained.
Provided energy regulatory guidance to Lightsource BP for the development and financing of its 300 MW Bighorn Solar Project in Colorado.
Provided energy regulatory guidance to Savion, LLC in its sale of the development rights of the Brazoria West Solar Project, located in ERCOT, to Shikun & Binui USA along with the debt and tax equity financing.
Assisted Ares Management Corp in the acquisition, financing, and eventual sale of the largest single-phase and single-site wind project in the US, the 525 MW Aviator Wind farm in Texas.
Represented Algonquin Power in its acquisition, development, construction loan financing, and tax equity financing of the 492 megawatt Maverick Creek Wind Project in Texas.
Represented Algonquin Power in its acquisition, development, construction loan financing, and tax equity financing of the 202 megawatt Sugar Creek Wind Project in Illinois.
Assisted numerous clients in developing community and rooftop solar in a number of states, including Illinois, New York, and California.
Defended qualified scheduling entity, generation, and retail clients in violation proceedings in front of the PUCT.
Represented numerous wind, solar, and wholesale storage project owners in power generation company registrations and renewable energy credit generator certifications.
Represented industrial clients in Austin Energy rate proceedings before Independent Hearings Examiner.
Represented wind developer in creating shared facilities agreement.
Represented buyers and sellers in the negotiation of renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) and virtual PPAs.
Advised on sale of retail business in Texas and Illinois.
Counseled and defended clients on issues related to compliance with PUCT rules, ERCOT Protocols.
Represented developers, tax equity investors and lenders in project finance transactions, including battery storage, solar, wind, and gas generation projects and related due diligence, totaling over 80 projects.
Assisted Texas retail electric providers and power generation companies on compliance with certification, de-certification and reporting obligations, including conducting compliance training.
Advised clients on impacts of Winter Storm Uri, including but not limited to weatherization requirements, billing disputes, default uplift charges, etc.
Advised clients on Lone Star Infrastructure Protection Act.
Assisted clients in drafting Emergency Operations Plans consistent with PUCT rules.
Served as state regulatory counsel for a developer constructing an 1,800 MMBtu per day anaerobic digester facility located in Brown County, Wisconsin, which collects biogas from the fermentation of organic farm waste.
Represented tax equity investor in financing of project to qualify for California Low Carbon Fuel Standard program.
Represented utility client in identifying non-wires alternatives to transmission, including analysis of related policies.
Represented ENGIE North America in tax equity deal to secure financing on five renewable projects (wind and solar) in ERCOT, as part of a larger portfolio transaction.
Represented client in repower of wind facilities in North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Colorado.
Represented client in sale of its co-generation facility (ERCOT).
Represented ERCOT generators in tax equity financing using inverted lease structure.
Acted as state regulatory counsel for a tax equity investor and construction lenders in connection with the 90-MW repowering and 144-MW expansion of a wind project in Guadalupe County, New Mexico.
Served as state regulatory counsel for a lender in connection with the financing of four gas peaker plants – two operating and two under construction – in Harris and Victoria Counties, Texas.
Served as state regulatory counsel for a construction lender in connection with two carbon capture projects involving the capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from two ethanol plants in Hale and Deaf Smith Counties, Texas, and the transportation of purified CO2 via pipelines to delivery points in Hale County, Texas, and Curry County, New Mexico. The projects were designed to capture 95% of CO2 produced at the ethanol facilities, which is currently vented to the atmosphere, for an estimated capture of 1,084 metric tons per day from each facility.
Represented renewable energy developer with respect to developing 260-MW solar project in Lamar County, Texas.
Assisted renewable energy developer in obtaining all required state level regulatory permits with respect to developing 255-MW solar project in Pecos County, Texas.
Represented multiple tax equity investors and lenders on energy regulatory permitting issues involving investment in wind and solar projects throughout Texas, New Mexico, South Dakota, North Dakota, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Colorado, Iowa, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma.
Represented solar energy development company with energy regulatory and interconnection matters related to the development of one of Texas' largest solar projects, and in completing funding of the tax equity investment by Facebook.
Counseled solar energy developer on energy regulatory matters in acquisition of 241 mw/dc solar project in Cameron County, Texas.
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