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Mary McKenzie, Regulatory Energy Attorney, Joins Meyers Nave

Meyers Nave proudly announces that Mary McKenzie has joined the firm’s energy and public power practice after more than 30 years with the California Public Utilities Commission. She has comprehensive first-hand expertise of California’s energy markets and the expansive network of state and federal regulations that govern the industry. Mary’s CPUC experience includes serving as Acting Chief Counsel for the Office of Ratepayer Advocates, Assistant General Counsel of the Energy Procurement Section, Assistant General Counsel of the Appellate Section, Principal Counsel representing the CPUC before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and in stakeholder proceedings at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), and Legal Advisor to a former President of the Commission.

Mary has handled matters arising before state and federal agencies and courts on regulatory and jurisdictional issues related to electricity. She has worked on issues relating to community choice aggregation, long term procurement including integrated resource planning under SB 350, resource adequacy, compliance with the renewable portfolio standard, and distributed electric resource issues including electric storage, energy efficiency, demand response, and rooftop solar.

She is a member of the Energy Bar Association, Power Association of Northern California, and Conference of California Public Utilities Commission Counsel. Mary earned a J.D. with honors from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. from Vassar College. She can be reached at 510.808.2047 and mmckenzie@meyersnave.com.

“The power market in California is dramatically changing under the state’s aggressive goal of obtaining 50% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. Mary is an excellent addition to the team of Meyers Nave attorneys who are helping clients involved in the generation, storage, transmission, procurement and/or provision of power,” said David Skinner, Managing Principal of Meyers Nave. Mary added, “I am very pleased to join Meyers Nave. This is an exciting opportunity for me to leverage my work at the CPUC to help the firm’s clients navigate the complex regulatory compliance arena composed of the CPUC, CEC, CAISO and CARB, within the state-federal jurisdictional framework that governs the electric industry. The CPUC will be making decisions in the coming months that will open up competition to retail electric customers across the state. Now is the time to evaluate the impact of these potential changes and consider getting involved to help shape the regulatory changes.”