Peter Hanschen is broadly experienced in all types of energy matters, including state and federal energy regulation, energy-related transactions, energy-related arbitrations, and energy-related project financings. He has been at the forefront of energy matters for a number of years, and has participated in numerous "traditional" utility proceedings before state and federal regulatory commissions, representing utilities, independent energy providers and customers. He has argued utility regulation cases before the California Supreme Court. He also has been actively involved in efforts to unbundle utility services and to infuse competition into the energy utility sector, representing natural gas storage companies, qualifying facilities, electric wholesale generators, and electric service providers.
Mr. Hanschen has closely followed regulatory and legislative developments, including proceedings related to renewable portfolio standards, greenhouse gas emission performance standards, and California's solar initiative. In conjunction with Morrison & Foerster's Cleantech Group, he advises clients that are affected by these initiatives, as well as clients that wish to take advantage of the unique opportunities offered by California's leadership role in the area of renewable energy and Cleantech.
Mr. Hanschen has participated in the development and financing of energy projects, both domestically and internationally. He works as part of Morrison & Foerster's project finance team, representing developers, lenders, and bi-lateral and multi-lateral international lending agencies, as well as other entities such as equipment suppliers and other contractors.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Hanschen served as General Counsel for two energy companies: Pacific Gas Transmission Company, an interstate natural gas pipeline, and Pacific Transmission Supply Company, a natural gas exploration and development company. He was also in charge of Pacific Gas & Electric Company's Law Department's Regulatory Section, responsible for FERC and California State Regulatory matters.