Areas of Focus
Sharon represents a broad range of clients on issues relating to the regulation of hydroelectric projects before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, federal and state regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal. She has extensive experience providing counsel on licensing and environmental matters under Part I of the Federal Power Act (FPA), the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and other statutes affecting hydropower development.
Sharon regularly represents clients’ interests in a range of hydroelectric regulatory proceedings, including licensing, exemptions, preliminary permits, license transfers and amendments, surrenders and decommissioning, and compliance matters. On behalf of the hydroelectric industry, Sharon has prepared amicus curiae briefs before several U.S. Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. Sharon also has represented a large group of hydroelectric licensees in challenges to federal agencies’ annual charges for costs incurred in administering Part I of the FPA.
Complementing her hydroelectric practice, Sharon also assists electric industry clients on issues relating to the development and acquisition of power projects, market-based rate authorizations, and related regulatory compliance. She also assists clients in preparing reactive power rate filings before FERC and represents them in settlement procedures. Sharon assists generator interconnection customers through the RTO/ISOgenerator interconnection process. She also advises clients on their compliance with the requirements of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.
Sharon serves on the Board of Directors of the National Hydropower Association. She also serves as Vice Chair for Year in Review of the American Bar Association’s Energy Infrastructure, Siting, and Reliability Committee in the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Sharon was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for the years 2017 through 2020.