Lilly McKenna, an attorney in Stoel Rives’ Energy group, leverages her deep experience in state energy policies and regulations to guide clients through complex power procurement, rate, and electric transportation matters. Lilly helps clients comply with and advocate for improvements to state energy policies. Lilly regularly appears before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). She has appeared pro hac vice to advocate for clients in beneficial electrification cases in several other jurisdictions across the country. Lilly’s advisory role extends to ensuring compliance and staying abreast of regulatory developments within the California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the California Air Resources Board, and limited matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

While attending law school, Lilly was a judicial extern for the Honorable Jacqueline S. Corley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and a law clerk for the California Public Utilities Commission, Legal Division.


University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 2014; USF Law Review

Middlebury College, B.A., Political Science/minor: Spanish, 2008



United States District Court for the Northern District of California

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



  • Negotiated favorable terms for EV charging tariff in utility rate proceeding.
  • Advocated for transportation electrification policies and EV rate design in various state proceedings across the country.
  • Represented several independent power developers in integrated resource plan proceedings and resource adequacy proceedings.
  • Advise load-serving entity on compliance obligations relating to power procurement, including RPS proceedings, resource adequacy reporting, greenhouse gas emissions reporting, and integrated resource planning.
  • Advise clients on policies relating to distributed energy resources, including net metering tariffs, battery storage resources, and EVs.
  • Counsel autonomous vehicle company on CPUC and DMV regulations, in addition to regulatory transportation policy developments, particularly related to zero emissions vehicles.
  • Counseled clients regarding consumer protection laws and other compliance requirements for solar leases and PPAs.
  • Represent clients in energy efficiency rulemaking proceedings.
  • Represented coalition of community choice aggregators (CCAs) in utility rate proceedings.
  • Counseled clients on FERC compliance obligations for market-based rate authority applications and for small power production and cogeneration facilities.
  • Negotiated and drafted energy service contracts on behalf of CCA and managed vendor contract renewals.


Insights & Presentations

  • Frequent contributor to Stoel Rives’ Renewable + Law® blog
  • Moderator, “Transportation Electrification -- Implications for California’s Clean Energy Requirements,” California Clean Energy Procurement Summit, May 21–23, 2024
  • “CPUC Considers How to Implement Income-Based Fixed Charges for Residential Electric Utility Service” (co-author), Daily Journal, July 13, 2023
  • “States Address EV Charging Infrastructure” (co-author), POWER magazine, February 1, 2023



  • Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, Member


  • San Anselmo Town Council, Climate Action Commission, Vice Chair
  • Volunteer, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR)—serve as pro bono counsel for clients seeking asylum


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