McDowell Rackner Gibson attorneys regularly appear before state and federal regulatory commissions throughout the West and Alaska on behalf of our clients, including the following:

  • Bonneville Power Administration

  • California Public Utility Commission

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

  • Idaho Public Utilities Commission

  • Oregon Facility Siting Council

  • Public Service Commission of Utah

  • Public Utility Commission of Oregon

  • Public Utility Commission of Nevada

  • Regulatory Commission of Alaska

  • Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

  • Wyoming Public Service Commission

Our clients are governed by complex legal frameworks at the federal, state, and municipal levels. We assist clients in understanding these frameworks to achieve specific business objectives and manage ongoing compliance obligations. We provide compliance advice on all aspects of utility business development and maintenance including business formation, mergers and acquisitions, and local franchising advice. We assist in all stages of administrative litigation, from the preparation of the filing to the hearing. We also handle appeals from administrative agencies.


We advise our energy clients on a broad range of fuel supply, rate design, and resource development matters. We are involved in complex transactions, such as the development of wind, natural gas, coal, and hydropower generation projects, as well as the siting, permitting, development, and management of transmission lines in the West and Alaska.


Helping our clients to shape regulatory policy is a foundation of our practice. At state public utility commissions and legislatures, our attorneys represent clients in all aspects of public policy development. 

McDowell Rackner Gibson’s energy clients include major gas and electric investor-owned utilities, energy cooperatives, and public utility districts.