Patrick L. Morand practices in the area of energy regulatory law and renewable energy development. Mr. Morand counsels energy clients, including electric utilities, electric distribution companies, regional transmission organizations (RTOs), renewable energy developers, and financial institutions before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state public utility commissions and other federal and state agencies. Mr. Morand has extensive experience in a wide range of energy regulatory matters involving the Federal Power Act (FPA), Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA) and Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). Mr. Morand also counsels clients in the development of power purchase agreements (PPA); engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements; interconnection agreements; and other project development agreements.
Mr. Morand is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and a graduate of Michigan State University.
- Counseled a public power authority on the development of solar, wind, and waste-to-energy PPAs and interconnection agreements.
- Advised an electric distribution company on enforcement matters before a state public utility commission.
- Assisted an RTO in the negotiation of generator interconnection agreements, transmission-to-transmission interconnection agreements, and facilities construction agreements and the filing of those agreements at FERC.
- Counseled an international solar developer on its regulatory obligations under FPA Sections 203 and 205 and PUHCA, and made related filings at FERC regarding its exempt wholesale generator (EWG) status and market-based rate (MBR) authority.
- Assisted an RTO in the development of procedures and agreements related to the interconnection of merchant high-voltage direct current transmission facilities.
- Developed a solar lease agreement for use by a non-profit solar developer in its program to provide solar installations to low-income individuals in the District of Columbia.
- Negotiated an asset purchase agreement and EPC agreement with a third-party financing entity on behalf of non-profit solar developer.
- Assisted a financial institution with due diligence regarding the FERC aspects of several hydro projects it had acquired.
- Assisted financial institutions in determining regulatory obligations under FPA Section 203 and PUHCA, and made related filings at FERC regarding holding company status.
- Developed a renewable energy credit (REC) service schedule for a national electric power trading organization’s standardized contract.
- Won the dismissal of a complaint filed against a non-profit solar developer in the D.C. Superior Court, Small Claims and Conciliation Branch.
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2006
- Michigan State University, B.A., 1995
- Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2017-present
- Wright & Talisman, P.C.
- Associate, 2006-2017
American Bar Association
- Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
-- Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resource Subcommittee
--- Co-Vice Chair, Programs
- Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section
Energy Bar Association
- Renewable Energy Committee
- Demand-Side Resources and Smart Grid Committee
- Power Generation and Marketing Committee
Co-Author, "Leveraging Renewables in Opportunity Zones - Powerful Indeed!" Lexology, February 22, 2019
Author, "Aggregated Distributed Energy Resources in US Wholesale Electricity Markets: Update on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Rulemaking Process," American Bar Association’s Energy Markets and Finance Committee Newsletter, August 2018
Author, “The Evolving Role of Microgrids,” Natural Resources & Environment, ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Spring 2018
- Co-author, "Expansion of the Electric Transmission Grid Faces FERC Regulatory Challenges," Infrastructure, ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law, Winter 2014
Contributor, "Reports of the Energy Bar Association Committees," Energy Law Journal, 2013-2018
Selected Speaking Engagements
Speaker, "Microgrids in the U.S. – Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities," Caribbean Microgrid Infrastructure Reverse Trade Mission, U.S. Trade and Development Agency Center, Arlington, Virginia, April 29, 2019
Speaker, "Developing Renewables in Opportunity Zones," Brightfields 2019 – Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, April 10, 2019
Speaker, "Regulatory Issues and Challenges Facing Utility-Scale and Community Microgrids," Microgrid Global Innovation Forum, Washington, D.C., March 19, 2019
Presenter, "Utility-Scale Microgrids: Time for a New Regulatory Compact?" Forester University Webinar, January 22, 2019
Speaker, “Who Should Pay for Utility-Scale Microgrids? The Answer Depends on Your State’s Regulations,” HOMER International Microgrid Conference, San Diego, October 8-9, 2018
- Moderator, Enforcers Panel, 2016 Energy Bar Association Enforcers and Defenders Forum featuring individuals from the CFTC Division of Enforcement; FERC Office of Enforcement; and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation