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Michael J. Blasik, McCauley Lyman LLC

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  Mike’s primary focus is negotiating contracts and financings for renewable energy projects, supporting electricity trading and contract management, and supporting federal and state regulatory matters for clients.

Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Mike served as Senior Counsel for 12 years at Edison Mission. His primary responsibilities there were support of the electricity trading group in negotiating and drafting transaction documents, from the simple to the complex, and serving as counsel for the trading operation with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

He is experienced in drafting ISDA agreements, EEI agreements, and more complicated contracts. He created a form of contract for a market participant to pay a utility to build transmission upgrades in the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) area in exchange for receipt of financial transmission rights; that form of agreement is now a template used for similar transactions by MISO. He also successfully negotiated and documented the settlement and sale of claims in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy.

Mike also supported Edison Mission’s wind development group, including serving as the lead attorney on acquiring the development rights to, construction of, and operation of the 30 MW wind generation facility in Lincoln County, MN, known as the Community Wind North project. Mike was an attorney on Community Wind North’s successful challenge of MISO at FERC against MISO’s attempt to assess the cost of a new transmission line to this and other similar projects which would have rendered them uneconomic; with this relief from FERC, the project was completed.

Mike was counsel for Citizens Power (working with Don McCauley) for four years prior to Citizens’ acquisition by Edison Mission. At Citizens Power and continuing with Edison Mission, he was lead counsel on several transactions which restructured high-priced qualifying facility power sales agreements into more affordable system power contracts in complex transactions involving project financing. After they closed, he established processes for the proper long-term management of these transactions.

Mike is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, the University of Colorado with a Masters of Business Administration, and Harvard Law School. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy submarine service and was a qualified nuclear engineer. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Energy Bar Association.

In addition to being a member at McCauley Lyman LLC, Mike is of counsel at Barclay Damon LLP.




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