Jason Johns

Jason Johns
Partner
Portland, OR
Washington, D.C.
Overview

About Jason

Jason advises independent power producers, utilities, investors, and large users of gas and power resources with matters arising in power markets and state and federal energy regulatory arenas. Jason appears regularly in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and in negotiations at the ISO/RTO level, where he represents independent power developers and utilities. His experience includes the negotiation of major facility contracts, such as interconnection, transmission, and power purchase agreements, the prosecution of disputes at FERC, and counseling and defending clients on issues related to regulatory compliance.

Jason also works closely with large commercial and industrial users of electricity and gas, such as aerospace companies, pulp and paper mills, steel mills, and tech company data centers. In that role, Jason helps clients negotiate power and gas supply contracts, interstate pipeline capacity asset management agreements, and pipeline bypass agreements. Jason has also assisted these clients with demand management agreements, the installation of on-site resources (such as battery storage, fuel cells, and solar PV), and with retail and wholesale power purchase agreements for renewable energy and other resources. Jason also serves as a board member of The Climate Trust, a national leader in carbon offset projects and innovative climate change solutions.

Jason and his wife are parents to two growing boys, and they live just outside of Portland, Oregon.

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Experience

Experience

  • National FERC counsel for a Top 5 Fortune 500 Tech company.
  • Represented sPower in a tax equity investment and syndicated construction and term loan facility totaling $786 million. The debt facility, raised by a syndicate of lenders led by KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., will finance a portfolio of nine solar projects in Lancaster, California, with a total nameplate capacity of 339.4 MW.
  • Represented Fortune 500 aerospace company in negotiating contracts for the installation of Tesla battery storage facilities and Bloom fuel cells.
  • Represented new industrial facility in South Carolina with negotiating anchor tenant agreements for pipeline expansion, as well as power, gas, and water supply agreements.
  • Lead FERC counsel in AltaGas Ltd.’s (a Canadian utility) due diligence and acquisition of Decker Energy International's biomass facilities and LS Power's 507 MW Blythe gas-fired power plant in the California ISO (2013), and three cogeneration facilities owned by Veresen (2014-15).
  • Represented independent power producers in negotiating power purchase agreements for wind, solar, geothermal, and natural gas-fired facilities in California, Nevada, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and North Carolina.
  • FERC counsel in defending $875 million claim related to a long-term contract that was challenged as the result of the 2000-01 California energy crisis.
  • Section 203 counsel in major cash and tax equity transactions involving General Electric, JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, MetLife, and State Street.
  • Represented independent power producers in defense of claims of non-compliance before Western Electricity Coordinating Council and FERC’s Office of Enforcement.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Energy Bar Association
  • Renewable Northwest Project
  • Board Member, The Climate Trust
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Emerging Trends in Power Markets,” Infocast’s Wind Power Finance and Investment Summit, 2015
  • “The Path to Cost Recovery,” Infocast’s Storage Week, 2014
  • Moderator, Infocast’s Transmission West, 2012
  • “FERC Order No. 1000,” Fall Board Meeting of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, 2011
  • “Transmission of Renewable Energy: Efficient Solutions to Integration Issues,” EUCI, 2011
  • “Challenges Facing Renewable Energy,” Energy Committee Meeting of the Western Renewable Partnership, 2011
  • “FERC Rulemaking Impact on Independent Transmission Projects,” HVDC Transmission, EUCI, 2011
  • “Developing Transmission and Capturing Potential of the West’s Renewables” (co-author), Natural Gas & Electricity, Aug. 2011
  • “Federal Bridge Financing for Transmission Could Enable Western Renewables Development” (co-author), Natural Gas & Electricity, May 2011
  • “The Way Forward: Why Transmission Right Sizing and Federal Bridge Financing Hold the Key to Western Renewable Resource Development” (co-author), The Energy Foundation, Sept. 2010
  • “Uncork That Transmission Bottleneck: A Legislative and Technological Roadmap for Tapping the West’s Vast Renewable Energy Resources” (co-author), The Energy Foundation, Sept. 2010



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