Cliff Sikora has practiced electricity law in Washington, D.C. for 30-years. He has had the honor to advise the firm’s electric sector clients on regulatory and transactional matters since 1996, after starting his legal career in public service with FERC and the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources.
His practice is focused on providing strategic and transactional advisory services for a wide variety of industry interests including utilities, IPPs, EPC contractors, banks, and infrastructure funds. Mr. Sikora also advises clients in matters before FERC, federal courts, and state PSCs, and his experience has included watershed industry events including: the 1999 California Energy Crisis, the California market manipulation cases, the 2003 Eastern Interconnection Blackout, and multi-party RTO-ISO formation and implementation proceedings. He has particular expertise in working with clients on business plans for grid scale batteries, transmission project development, RTO market rules, and legal issues associated with power system engineering, planning and reliability. Cliff also defends companies facing FERC financial audits and enforcement actions, as well as reliability audits under NERC and regional reliability rules. He conducts compliance training on standards of conduct, codes of conduct and best practices, and has designed corporate compliance programs for companies in the electric industry.
Mr. Sikora’s recent representations include advising Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. regarding the sale of its $1.1 billion portfolio to Alterra Power Corp., (Renewable Energy M&A Atlas “Deal of the Year,” Americas + Energy Services (2018)), and representing WGL Energy Services, Inc./WGL Energy Systems, Inc., regarding a proposed microgrid and real estate development at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Cliff co-hosts the Troutman Sanders Battery + Storage Podcast and has been a frequent speaker on storage and grid-level batteries.