Robert M. Pomeroy , Jr. - Holland & Hart LLP

Robert M. Pomeroy , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1991


Mr. Pomeroy's practice focuses on electricity and energy issues throughout the Rocky Mountain West. He has served as legal counsel for the largest and most well-established coalitions of electric consumers and independent power producers in Colorado and Wyoming, and, with others in Holland & Hart's regional network, has represented consumers and independent power producers and companies throughout the West.

Mr. Pomeroy has appeared before the public utilities commissions in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, New Mexico and Idaho. He has won cases for his electricity clients before the Colorado and Wyoming Supreme Courts (including a unanimous ruling disallowing recovery from consumers of $91 million in improper energy crisis costs).

He has represented clients in power project development and the purchase or sale of electricity. He has saved his electric consumer clients hundreds of millions of dollars in power costs and has helped open wholesale electric markets in the West to new competitive business opportunities for independent power producers.


Best Lawyers in America for well over a decade

5280 Magazine's "Denver's Top Lawyers" for energy and public utilities law

"Best Attorney - Centennial, Colorado" by Colorado Community Newspapers

"Best Renewable Energy Lawyer" by Law Week Colorado

Mr. Pomeroy serves as Chair of Holland & Hart's Energy & Telecommunications Practice Group.

University of VirginiaUniversity of Virginia School of LawJ.D. 1976

Case History

Wyoming Industrial Energy Consumers — Mr. Pomeroy represented a client coalition in a first-of-its-kind proceeding before a state utilities commission involving an electric utility’s proposed addition of expensive air quality controls for one of its aging coal-fired power plants.  The electric utility initially proposed to spend over $250 Million for the air quality control equipment, but an investigation by Holland & Hart and our team of expert witnesses into the cost-effectiveness of the utility’s proposal ultimately led to finding a dramatically less expensive alternative for our clients and all of the utility’s other ratepayers over a six-state region.  Due to its significantly lower cost, the alternative solution ultimately selected will save the utility’s consumers, including our client coalition, over $225 Million.
Colorado Independent Energy Association
Mr. Pomeroy represented a coalition of over 30 independent power producers– including both fossil fuel and renewable power plant developers – in opposing Public Service Company of Colorado's (PSCo) proposal before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a complete exemption from Colorado's competitive bidding requirement for new power plants, which, if granted, would have eliminated any business opportunity in Colorado for non-utility power developers.  Although no other party resisted the PSCo request for an exemption from bidding, following three full weeks of contested hearings, the PUC ruled entirely in our client coalition’s favor and required PSCo to compete with independent developers for new power plants.  The final order approved over 1,000 megawatts of new generation resources, all of which were to be built by independent power producers, providing several hundreds of millions of dollars in new business opportunities in Colorado to our clients.
Electric Customers
Mr. Pomeroy spearheaded the formation of the largest and longest-running industrial electric consumer coalitions in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming and for decades, with other members of Holland & Hart, has represented those coalitions before their respective state public utilities commissions. He has also served as lead counsel in the formation of independent power plant developer coalitions in New Mexico and Wyoming, while serving as lead counsel for a similar coalition in Colorado.  In addition, he has represented individual industrial electric consumers and individual independent power producers (both fossil fuels and renewable) in major electric regulatory proceedings and rate cases before state utilities commissions across the Mountain West.

Office Location

6380 South Fiddlers Green Circle, Suite 500
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
United States

Practice Areas

Energy Law (Access, Administrative, Cogeneration, Electric Transmission, Electricity, Independent Power Producers, Litigation, Project Development, Public Utility, Regulatory, Solar)
Utilities Law