Kristin M. Athens Associate

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Kristin focuses her practice on representing electric and natural gas clients in complex regulatory proceedings before the North Carolina Utilities Commission and other regulatory agencies.

Kristin has represented clients in regulatory litigation before administrative agencies including contested avoided cost proceedings, base rate cases, renewable energy interconnection complaint cases, and has experience preparing and cross-examining witnesses. As part of her practice, she counsels clients on a broad range of issues including PURPA compliance, prudency, cost recovery strategies, affiliate transactions, and regulatory certifications, such as certificates of public convenience and necessity. Kristin also advises clients on how to achieve carbon reduction goals by providing guidance on how to implement energy procurement and green tariff programs, generator interconnection standard reform, and demand side management/energy efficiency programs.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Kristin received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law. During law school, Kristin served as a staff member on the First Amendment Law Review and an oralist on the Environmental Appellate Advocacy Team. While serving on the Environmental Appellate Advocacy team, Kristin was awarded Runner-Up Best Brief at the 2016 WVU Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition. Additionally, during law school, Kristin externed for Justice Sam J. Ervin IV of the North Carolina Supreme Court.