Al Robbins is a career energy lawyer. His energy practice is focused on electric resource and transmission management, operation, and regulation for electric utilities (principally municipal and cooperative electric systems) and large end-users of electric power. His clients include municipal joint action agencies, generation and transmission cooperatives, individual municipal and cooperative electric systems, larger end-users and other market participants.
A significant part of his practice entails helping clients interface with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on regulatory procedures, tariff and other rate filings, merger proceedings, and hydroelectric licensing and licensing compliance. Mr. Robbins is also engaged in the proceedings before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission relating to the proposed high level waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
Much of Mr. Robbins' work focuses on helping clients interact with Regional Transmission Organizations, including the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, the PJM RTO, and the Southwest Power Pool RTO. The constantly changing landscape of the electric power industry brings new challenges to his clients and requires ongoing evaluation and modification of their business and legal strategies.
Mr. Robbins is active in project development, including new hydroelectric and other renewable resources. Much of this work involves development of project participation agreements, and power purchase and sale agreements. Transmission matters related to new projects is commonly involved as well.
Mr. Robbins has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2013, published by Woodward/White, Inc. in the category of Energy Law. He has also been named as a 2010 to 2012 and 2014 D.C. Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law & Politics Magazine.
- Michigan Public Power Agency
- Michigan South Central Power Agency
- Utah Municipal Power Agency
- City of Hamilton, Ohio
- East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc.
- Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, Inc.
- Clark County, Nevada
- Salt River Project, Arizona
- Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri and Other States: Mr. Robbins counsels numerous individual municipal electric systems on a variety of issues including utility mergers, business counseling, FERC proceedings, state court proceedings and other matters.
Articles and Publications
Author(s): Alan I. Robbins, Debra Roby, Alan J. Rukin, "FERC Issues Final Rule Concerning Integration of Variable Energy Resources," (July 2, 2012)
Author(s): Alan I. Robbins, Debra Roby, Daniel Cooper, P.E. "Changes in NERC Reliability Standards FAC-008/FAC-009 will take Effect on January 1, 2013," (March 15, 2012)
Author(s): Alan I. Robbins, "The ABCs of RECs," District Energy Magazine (January 24, 2011)
Author(s): Alan I. Robbins, "Regulators Are People Too: Approach them like that," District Energy Magazine (April 6, 2010)
Alan I. Robbins, Co-Author, "Traditional Municipalization and Duplication of Facilities Cases: Background, Facts, and Status," 37 Natural Resources Journal 155 (1997)
Alan I. Robbins, Co-Author, "Electric and Gas Municipal Franchises: In an Age of Industry Restructuring," Municipal Lawyer (March/April 1996)
Alan I. Robbins, Co-Author, "Municipalities May Now Regulate Cable Television Rates," Cities & Villages (April 1993)
Alan I. Robbins, Co-Author, "Overcoming Anti-Hydro Policies in the Ohio River Basin," Hydro Review, Vol. X, No.1 (February 1991)
Alan I. Robbins, "Federal Electric Preference Power Marketing in the 1980’s: Developing Legal Trends," 4 Energy Law Journal (1983)
Former girls soccer coach (U10 through U14) for a competitive travel team based in the Vienna, Virginia area and drawing players from the region, 1997-2001
Former girls fast-pitch softball coach (U10 through U16) for competitive travel teams based in the Vienna, Virginia area and other players from the region, including teams that competed in the National Tournament, 1994-2000
Honors, Appointments and Awards
Energy Bar Association
American Public Power Association
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Admitted to Practice
- District of Columbia, 1978
- U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, 1979
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
J.D., National Law Center of the George Washington University, 1978
B.A., State University of New York at Albany, English, 1975
magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa