Former Michigan Public Power Agency General Manager Joins Jennings Strouss Energy Practice


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that the former General Manager of Michigan Public Power Agency, Daniel E. Cooper, has joined the firm's Energy practice in the Washington, D.C. office. Jennings Strouss is one of only a few law firms to offer clients energy consultant services with the level of knowledge that Cooper possesses.

Mr. Cooper is a non-lawyer Consulting Engineer in the firm's Energy Law Group. Dan is a Registered Professional Engineer focusing his consulting work on electric utility matters, including economic and feasibility analysis, oversight of electric generating resource operations and development, power supply and transmission contracts, oversight of bulk power operations, compliance with environmental regulations and reliability standards, and review and oversight of transmission and bulk electric power contracts.

Mr. Cooper joined the firm after serving with the Michigan Public Power Agency for more than 16 years, first as Engineering Manager, and later as General Manager. While at Michigan Public Power Agency, his responsibilities included the management of personnel as well as the day-to-day operations of the $120 million per year municipal joint action agency that owns both generation and transmission assets. Prior to joining Michigan Public Power Agency, Dan worked for 12 years for the firm of R. W. Beck.

Mr. Cooper will be providing consulting services to municipalities and electric utilities which include: Bulk electric power supply agreement negotiations, transmission and interconnection agreement negotiations, Regional Transmission Organization ("RTO") energy market expertise, electric generating resource acquisition, compliance with environmental regulations and reliability standards, energy market and transmission service-related overviews for state regulatory commissions and consumer advocate groups, as well as transmission expansion system planning, cost recovery mechanisms and pricing proposal consulting.

"We are thrilled to have someone with Dan's experience and reputation on board with the firm," said Kenneth Sundlof, Jr., Member and Department Chair for Jennings Strouss' Energy Law Group. "Given the ever-increasing complexity of the electric industry, Dan's deep experience in utility regulatory matters and RTO as well as tariff development combine with our energy law expertise to provide our clients with a unique combination of legal and business consulting and counseling," added Alan I. Robbins, a Member of the firm's Energy Law Group in the Washington, D.C. office.

Cooper obtained his M.B.A., in Finance from Indiana University (1980) and his B.S., in Electrical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (1974).