2018 “Best Law Firms” by US News and World Reports

Allison MacKenzie Law Firm, of Carson City, Nevada, has been named a Metropolitan Tier 1 firm in Energy Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2018.

Allison MacKenzie Law Firm assists entities involved in energy matters including alternative energy, power plant siting, contract negotiations and rulemaking proceedings. Our team of attorneys keep abreast of the ever-changing dynamics of the utility industry to provide clients with comprehensive, professional legal representation.

The firm’s priority is to advise clients on how to best understand the legal environment in which they operate their business. Careful and creative consideration is given to individual client needs. Our services regarding utility matters include utility facility permitting, including power plants and water and sewer facilities, energy rate cases, energy rule making proceedings and development of renewable energy resources.

At Allison MacKenzie, our attorneys provide comprehensive counsel in Energy Law. In particular, attorneys, Karen A. Peterson and Justin Townsend, offer clients experienced representation in this practice area.

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Fair Energy for All Nevadans

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Justin Townsend is an associate with Allison MacKenzie Law Firm with primary practice in Business Law, Real Estate Law, Transportation Law, Commercial Transactions and Energy Law. In his Northern Nevada Business Weekly article: PUCN obligated to set utility rates that are fair for all Nevadans, he explores the efforts of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to ensure that non-solar energy customers are not forced to unreasonably subsidize net metering customers while ensuring solar customers receive fair service charges and reimbursement rates for solar power generated.

In Nevada, public utilities are regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (“PUCN”). The PUCN is charged with promoting safe and reliable utility services at fair and reasonable rates.

Recently, the PUCN has made news in regard to an area of significant interest to many Nevadans — solar energy and the net metering program associated with it. Net metering is a metering mechanism that credits residential, rooftop solar energy system owners for the electricity added to the grid.

Prior to 2015, Nevada law provided a cap on the amount of electricity that could be added to the grid from residential, rooftop solar systems in the state. The cap had been expanded over the years and the rooftop solar industry in 2015 lobbied the Nevada State Legislature for another increase to the cap as residential solar installations neared capacity. The Legislature, in noting that the net metering model required non-solar customers to subsidize solar customers, opted instead for a new approach.

Read the complete article on NNBW.com.