Stuart Caplan has for 30 years represented energy companies and financial institutions in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state public utility commission proceedings involving electric and natural gas markets; energy transactions; project development and finance; M&A; formation of independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs); and regulatory compliance and investigations.
Stuart has worked extensively on generator auctions producing proceeds in excess of US$4 billion, and with bidders in many auctions of individual assets, including nuclear power plants and fleets of natural gas, coal and renewable projects. He has taken lead roles on creative transaction structures to enhance auction results and has effectively and timely secured federal and state transaction approvals.
In both energy sector transactions and agency litigation, Stuart brings insight into US energy markets forged through his active involvement in forming ISO/RTOs. Stuart has represented clients in all of the organized clearing price markets: ISO-New England, NYISO, PJM, MISO, CAISO and ERCOT. Stuart played a significant role in forming the NYISO and was lead counsel in developing the first comprehensive tariff. He was involved in negotiating the organic agreements to form the NYISO and to convert ISO-NE into an RTO.
In his 30 years of practice, Stuart has actively litigated major disputes concerning ISO/RTO market rules impacting generator ability to participate in electric capacity markets, financial transmission congestion hedge instruments, virtual energy trading, interstate gas pipeline rates and cost allocation, market power mitigation and merchant transmission rights, among many other subjects. He has worked on major generator acquisitions, such as GE’s acquisition of the 2,000 MW Homer City Generating Station; several utility mergers; and numerous project financings and project developments.