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.
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.