With over 30 years of experience in utilities and energy law, Mr. Schmidt has negotiated numerous contract solutions for large energy users and renewable energy project developers and navigated the most complicated utility rate proceedings to save hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients.
He has handled numerous power purchase contracts negotiations with utilities and helped develop dozens of energy projects from start to finish including both the first and most recent large solar PV and geothermal projects in Nevada. Mr. Schmidt's expertise and opinions have led to well over a billion dollars of project financing for several dozen geothermal, solar, hydroelectric, and natural gas facilities. His advocacy for clients in utility rate cases have consistently resulted in millions of dollars saved for clients in several jurisdictions and resulted in the largest rate reduction in Nevada history.
Mr. Schmidt's varied experience covers a wide range of energy and regulatory-related matters including contracts, rate matters, environmental permits, mergers, licenses, tariffs, regulations, and legislation. His experience includes having twice been appointed commissioner on the Nevada Public Service Commission (currently the PUCN) and over a decade as Nevada's Consumer Advocate creating and leading the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection. It also includes three years as counsel for the Colorado River Commission and two years as a research associate at the Energy Law Institute.