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ROSE FRANCIS

Rose’s practice focuses on energy and environmental law with an emphasis on providing administrative, regulatory, and transactional advice to energy utilities in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Legal Experience

Rose joined McDowell Rackner Gibson in 2018. Prior to joining McDowell Rackner Gibson, Rose practiced in Bonneville Power Administration’s Office of General Counsel where she served as Bonneville’s lead attorney for Endangered Species Act compliance for the Federal Columbia River Power System. Prior to BPA, Rose worked as Staff Attorney at Community Water Center in California’s San Joaquin Valley representing small water service providers and community-based organizations. Rose served as a law clerk for Judge Craig Nakamura on the Hawaii State Intermediate Court of Appeals and for Judge Richard Clifton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Representative Work

  • Managed outside litigation on Endangered Species Act compliance for hydroelectric facilities.

  • Developed and helped draft testimony for investor-owned utility on economic analysis supporting multistate wind repowering project filed with state regulatory commission.

  • Provided statutory analysis on scope of regulatory oversight for consumer-owned utility.

  • Advised governing boards of waters service providers regarding reorganizations, corporate law, tax requirements, bankruptcy, environmental compliance obligations, and conflicts of interest.

  • Advised on various tax and accounting matters for both investor-owned and consumer-owned utilities, including deferred accounting and business energy tax credits.

  • Advised on various PURPA matters, including energy imbalance, battery storage facilities, avoided cost pricing, and engineering certification for transmission interconnection studies.

  • Analyzed resource planning process for investor-owned utility supporting cost recovery in general rate case.

  • Assisted in drafting legislation, analyzed legal implications of draft bills, and testified before state legislative committees.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Oregon and California state bars.

  • Member of the Environmental Law Network.

  • Member of the Environmental and Natural Resources Section of the Oregon State Bar (Executive Committee member 2014-17).

Education

Rose graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in political economy in 2000. Rose received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2005, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review and received the Irving Oberman Graduation Prize in Law and Social Change for her writing on access to drinking water and social justice in South Africa. While at Harvard, Rose was selected as a Chayes International Public Service Fellow to support an environmental nonprofit organization in Brazil. She also completed a summer internship at Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco, with an emphasis on renewable energy integration and environmental compliance for marine fisheries.