Michael Tomsu > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
1001 FANNIN STREET
SUITE 2500
HOUSTON, TX 77002-6760
United States
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Work Department

Energy Regulation

Position

Partner

Career

Mike navigates clients through the utility regulatory landscape at the state and federal level, with a particular emphasis on Texas. He has more than 30 years of experience in contested case, rulemaking and regulatory compliance matters before the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Texas Railroad Commission, the Federal Communications Commission and other state and federal regulatory agencies.

Mike is highly knowledgeable on regulations impacting the development, purchase, and sale of utility-related infrastructure. He is skilled in the development and operation of renewable and new-energy technologies, including wind, solar, energy storage, electric vehicles, low-impact hydro and geothermal generation, as well as the negotiation of power purchase agreements. Mike also regularly advises power generation companies on compliance matters involving ERCOT Protocols, PUCT regulations and NERC Reliability Standards. In the telecommunications sector, his practice has focused on emergency communications and universal service funding.

He has also represented clients in drafting and supporting proposed legislation before the Texas legislature on numerous occasions.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy regulation: electric power

Vinson & Elkins LLP handles proceedings before several regulatory bodies, including the FERC, DOE, NERC and PUCT. The group has experience representing clients in rate cases, non-public investigations, transmission-line certification cases, rulemakings and the sale and purchase of power generation facilities and transmission assets, among other matters. It also advises clients on compliance with NERC’s reliability standards and assists with obtaining grants and loan guarantees before the DOE. Based in Washington DC, John Decker handles both regulatory and transactional matters for natural gas and electric power clients. For expertise on regulations impacting the development, purchase and sale of utility-related infrastructure, Austin-based Michael Tomsu is recommended. James Seegers and Anita Wilson co-chair the group from Houston and Washington DC, respectively.