Since beginning his career as a Trial Attorney in the Energy Section of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, George Pond has focused his practice on the interplay between regulation and competition in energy markets. George now represents a broad array of clients in administrative proceedings before the New York State Department of Public Service (the “New York PSC”) and the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), as well as in commercial matters in the energy industry and proceedings before the New York Independent System Operator, Inc. (“NYISO”).
George’s practice includes representation of electric and gas utilities, pipeline companies, generators, marketers, as well as Transmission Developers, Inc., which has obtained Article VII siting approval from the New York PSC for a 1,000 MW HVDC transmission line from New York’s border with Canada to New York City. He served as lead attorney for federal regulatory affairs at a major New York electric utility during the formation and early years of NYISO and continues to advise clients with respect to NYISO interconnection and governance matters. He has represented a major New York electric utility in the development of individually-negotiated rate agreements with its large industrial and commercial customers and contracts with customers receiving commodity supplies from the New York Power Authority (“NYPA”), as well as in street lighting and electric rate proceedings before the New York PSC.
George assists generators in connection with the New York PSC’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) program and in complying with the mandatory reliability rules of the North America Electric Reliability Council (“NERC”). He also assists generators, pipeline companies and commercial landowners in obtaining lightened regulation from the New York PSC, as well as approvals for transfers of assets and ownership interests under lightened regulation. In addition, George assists electric power marketers in obtaining market-based rate authority from FERC and in complying with FERC’s evolving regulatory requirements for market-based rate authority.
- University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1977
- University of Michigan, B.A., 1974
- New York, 1994
- District of Columbia, 1981
- New York State Bar Association, Public Utility Law Committee, Chair
- Energy Bar Association
- Recognized by Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Energy: State Regulatory & Wholesale Electric (New York), 2011-2018
- Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
- Major New York energy utility, in-house attorney
- U.S. Department of Justice, Trial Attorney in Energy Section of Antitrust Division
- Law firms in St. Louis, MO and Washington, DC, energy and anti-trust attorney