Colin B. Francis Associate

Colin represents energy and utility clients on a variety of matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Colin counsels electric utilities and industry participants on regulatory issues, including those related to utility ratemaking, electric transmission development, renewable energy project development, compliance, standards of conduct, and jurisdiction.  He has experience representing investor-owned utilities in regulatory and rate case litigation proceedings under Sections 205 and 206 of the Federal Power Act. He also regularly helps clients navigate complex transmission tariff-related issues, and in seeking various regulatory approvals before the FERC.

Prior to joining the firm, Colin served as an Attorney Advisor to four FERC Administrative Law Judges and the Chief Administrative Law Judge. In that role, Colin drafted Initial Decisions, orders and notices, and assisted in conducting hearing and settlement proceedings in complex electricity, natural gas, and oil pipeline cases.


Representation in expedited hearing before FERC administrative law judge to determine generation units’ and connected LNG import facility’s cost of service rates for providing fuel security service in ISO-NE.

Representation in hearing before FERC administrative law judge in proceeding to determine transmission cost-of-service stated rate for unique, critical path transmission investment in CAISO.

Representation in paper hearing before the FERC to determine whether and how to apply the FERC’s then-proposed return on equity methodology to two generating units being compensated for their cost-of-service for a two-year term for reliability and fuel security purposes.

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, JD, 2015
  • The University of Vermont, BA, Environmental Studies, 2011
Member, Energy Bar Association
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Energy Law, 2021, 2022

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