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Michael J. Tomsu

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Tomsu, Michael J.

Biography
Mike's practice focuses primarily on the energy industry, with an emphasis on renewable energy. Mike has substantial experience in representing clients on regulatory issues before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and other state and federal regulatory agencies, both in contested hearings and rulemaking proceedings. He has considerable experience in transactions involving the development, purchase and sale of power generation facilities, and the negotiation of power purchase agreements.  Mike has advised numerous power generation companies with regard to regulations impacting their operations and compliance with ERCOT Protocols, PUCT regulations and NERC Reliability Standards.  Mike also has substantial experience in regulatory matters impacting the development and operation of renewable and new energy technologies, including wind, solar, energy storage, electric vehicles, low-impact hydro, and geothermal generation. Mike has assisted numerous clients with transactions involving the purchase and sale of renewable energy credits and environmental attributes.  Additionally, Mike regularly assists entities with issues involving the telecommunications industry, including emergency communications, infrastructure development, building access and licensing agreements. On several occasions he has represented clients in drafting and supporting proposed legislation before the Texas Legislature. He is certified in administrative law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Representative Experience
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  • Currently representing a Texas power generation company in regulatory matters involving the development, construction and interconnection of a 36 MW battery storage facility in west Texas that will be located adjacent to an existing wind farm
  • Currently assisting a Texas power generation company in multiple contested matters involving the reactive power and primary frequency response requirements applicable to wind facilities in ERCOT
  • Recently represented Texas power generation companies in multiple matters involving compliance with ERCOT Protocols and NERC Reliability Standards
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Education and Professional Background
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • The University of Texas at Austin, M.B.A., 1986
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Chemistry, 1982
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 1987
Professional Recognition
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  • Legal 500 U.S. in energy regulation, 2013 and 2014
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in energy law, 2011 - 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America®  in administrative / regulatory law, 2003 - 2012, and 2014
Activities and Affiliations
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  • Member: The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council; Public Utility Law and Communications Law Sections, American Bar Association; Public Utility Law Section, State Bar of Texas; Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas School of Law, Spring 2013 “Electricity Law, Policy and Transactions”
  • Current Board Chair, Capital Area Food Bank; Past Board Chair, Leadership Austin


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