Brian Cragg

Brian Cragg

Partner

Brian Cragg practices before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and other state and federal regulatory agencies and courts, with a special emphasis on energy matters.

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  • Recognized as one of the 2019 Best Lawyers in San Francisco for Administrative / Regulatory Law & Energy Regulatory Law
  • 2018 Lawyer of the Year in the 24th Edition of Best Lawyers in America in the category of Energy Regulatory Law in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers in America for 2016 and 2017 in the category of Energy Regulatory Law

His clients include a trade association of independent energy producers; solar, wind, geothermal, landfill gas, and other renewable energy producers; owners and operators of conventional electric power plants; energy storage companies; cities and other governmental entities; demand response providers; and electric transmission line developers, among others.

Mr. Cragg’s recent activities include: persuading the CPUC to adopt rules and practices that promote fair competition between independent energy suppliers and electric utilities, conducting due diligence review for the sale and purchase of dozens of solar energy facilities, advising Fortune 500 companies on energy supply and compliance with greenhouse gas reduction regulations, working with the California Energy Commission and the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System to obtain Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) eligibility for several million Renewable Energy Credits, obtaining RPS eligibility for renewable energy projects, counseling renewable energy producers and energy storage companies on how to tap new markets for their products, crafting a settlement of a dispute about the terms of an interconnection agreement, and negotiating a multiparty agreement to provide high-voltage electric service to a major metal recycling facility.

He also advises clients on the risks and opportunities presented by emerging energy storage technologies, responses to climate change including the cap-and-trade approach to greenhouse gas emissions, Resource Adequacy capacity, and the markets and requirements of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).

Before joining Goodin MacBride, Mr. Cragg was an Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge at the CPUC. There he supervised a group of administrative law judges who handled energy-related cases.

During his 18 years at the CPUC, he was involved in many of the Commission’s major cases, on topics ranging from rate cases and mergers to cost reviews of nuclear power plants and the introduction of competition into the electric utility and telecommunications industries.

Mr. Cragg is a graduate of Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). He was a Research and Teaching Fellow in energy law and policy at the Natural Resources Law Institute, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He was on the Board of Directors of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel (CCPUC) from 2009 to 2012, serving as the CCPUC’s President in 2012. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the CCPUC, the Power Association of Northern California, and the Energy Bar Association.