Zori Ferkin has more than 25 years of experience advising clients on federal and state energy laws, regulations and policies and representing clients in transactional and commercial matters and in litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the U.S. Department of Energy, state public service commissions, and state and federal courts. She advises clients on organized energy markets and transmission and interconnection arrangements with regional transmission organizations, independent system operators and transmission owning utilities. Ms. Ferkin assists clients in obtaining regulatory authorizations and approvals and in complying with regulatory requirements. She has extensive experience conducting due diligence and in managing the regulatory approval process.
Ms. Ferkin represents project sponsors, equity investors, financial institutions, industrial and institutional energy consumers, project hosts, electric and gas utilities, marketers, and energy services providers in mergers, acquisitions, asset sales, corporate financings, restructurings and energy outsourcing arrangements as well as project development and financings for wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass, natural gas and coal fired energy projects; transmission and interconnection facilities; LNG export projects; and energy storage. She has extensive experience drafting and negotiating power purchase and sale agreements, renewable energy credit sales agreements, transmission services and interconnection agreements, thermal energy sales and service agreements and other energy-related commercial and transaction documents.
Ms. Ferkin was recognized for her expertise in energy regulatory law by Legal 500 US 2014. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Ferkin was an attorney advisor with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and served as chief counsel to the Pennsylvania Governor’s Energy Council.
Oklahoma Wind ProjectRepresented a utility-scale wind energy developer in connection with the development of 300 MW wind power project in Oklahoma.
California Solar ProjectsRepresented an acquirer in connection with the proposed acquisition of three solar projects under development in California.
WheatField Wind FarmRepresented Fiera Axium Infrastructure in connection with an acquisition of a 49% private equity interest in wind farm located in Oregon State from EDP Renewables North America.
Post Rock Wind FarmRepresented a consortium of lenders in the financing of the Post Rock project, a 201 MW wind farm in Kansas.
Bishop Hill I Wind FarmRepresented a consortium of lenders in the financing of the Bishop Hill I project, a 211 MW wind farm in Illinois.
City of Hayward Natural Gas Power Generation FacilityRepresented Russell City Energy Company, LLC in the $845 million project financing of an approximately 620 MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power generation facility in the City of Hayward, California.
Sale of InterGen N.V.Represented GMR Group on federal energy regulatory matters in the sale of its 50 percent stake in InterGen N.V. for an equity value in excess of $1.2 billion. The sale transaction was the largest cross-border M&A transaction between India and China to date and was named “2010 Infrastructure Deal of the Year” by India Business Law Journal.
Lost Creek Wind FarmRepresented BayernLB, Nord/LB, UBOC, Rabobank, and Banco Santander in the $352 million project financing of the 150 MW Lost Creek wind farm in DeKalb County, Missouri.
EBG Holdings MergerRepresented EBG Holdings in obtaining FERC and state regulatory approvals for its merger with Astoria Generating Company in a transaction valued at $5 billion.
U.S. Power Generating Company FERC ProceedingRepresented U.S. Power Generating Company (the successor of EBG Holdings and Astoria Generating Company) in a proceeding before FERC regarding market power mitigation rules for sales of electric capacity in the New York City market operated by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).
Sale of Wind and Geothermal AssetsRepresented a tax equity owner of wind and geothermal assets on energy regulatory issues in connection with the sale of its ownership interests.
White Creek Wind I DivesititureRepresented a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers on state and federal regulatory issues and approvals related to the sale of all of its interest in a 204 MW wind farm owned by White Creek Wind I LLC.
Waterbury CT Gas Power PlantRepresented project sponsors Energy Capital Partners and FirstLight Power Resources in the project financing of a gas-fired peaking power plant in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Midway Gas Power PlantRepresented project sponsor Starwood Energy Group in the project financing of the Midway gas-fired peaking power plant in California.
Sandy Creek Coal Power PlantRepresented LS Power, Dynegy, and other sponsors in the $1 billion financing of the 900 MW coal-fired Sandy Creek power plant in Texas.
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