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Energy law and energy policy are once again moving front and center with state and national elections upon us. Climate change, low natural gas and oil prices, a proposed “green new deal” and the implementation of New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) are complex forces that business leaders need to understand. Robert Loughney, Partner at the law firm Couch White, LLP helps business leaders not just understand these forces, but to shape public policy and adapt their businesses to these changes.
In this episode Harold King speaks with Robert Loughney, Partner at the law firm Couch White, LLP.
Couch White, LLP is a full-service law firm with its main office in Albany, New York and satellite offices in Saratoga Springs, New York City and Hartford, Connecticut. Couch White has extensive experience in a broad array of practice areas. The Firm has unparalleled expertise in handling legal matters arising in the following areas: Energy, Environmental, Corporate and Commercial Transactions, Real Estate, Construction, Commercial and Complex Litigation and Trust & Estate Planning & Administration.
The firm is also lead Counsel for Multiple Intervenors, a membership-driven organization. Members of Multiple Intervenors share a common interest in ensuring that New York State’s energy markets provide access to reliable, affordable energy supplies. To accomplish this objective, Multiple Intervenors participates actively in legal and regulatory proceedings throughout New York State. For example, Multiple Intervenors actively participates in New York State Public Service Commission proceedings, matters before the New York Independent System Operator, the New York State Reliability Council and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Harold talks with Bob about his career as and energy attorney. They talk about the de-regulation of energy markets and state and federal energy policy, including the CLCPA and the impact it will have on the energy bills of all New Yorkers. Bob also talks about Multiple Interveners and the role that group plays in keeping energy costs competitive, and why the participating firms consider membership to be a valuable investment.