About Meghan

Meghan O’Brien is an associate in Stoel Rives’ energy development group.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Meghan was an attorney-advisor with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of the General Counsel, Energy Markets Section (2019–2023), where she advised the Commission on complex issues associated with the Commission’s regulation of public utilities. She was also a regulatory analyst with the California Public Utilities Commission, Public Advocates Office, Electricity Planning & Public Policy Branch (2018–2019), where she evaluated utility applications and commission proposals.

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  • Advised the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on resolution of D.C. Circuit remand regarding removal of ISO-NE’s Forward Capacity Market price-lock and zero-price offer rules.
  • Adjudicated petition for declaratory order asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to assert jurisdiction over net energy metering under the Federal Power Act and Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.
  • Contributed to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding reform of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission standard generator interconnection procedures and agreements.
  • Resolved Federal Energy Regulatory Commission complaint alleging undue preference for gas generators in ISO-NE capacity accreditation and operating reserve market rules.
  • Successfully organized and led Federal Energy Regulatory Commission workshops and technical conferences regarding grid-enhancing technologies, modernizing electricity market design, hybrid resources, and performance-based ratemaking.
  • Participated in regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission and provided written testimony.
  • Evaluated AB 2514 and AB 2868 utility energy storage procurement and utility integrated resource plans.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University, IPU Annual Regulatory Studies Program Fundamentals Course, 2019
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Western Rate School, 2018
  • Guest Speaker, University of San Diego Center for Public Interest Law: Celebrating Changemakers, 2018
  • Board Member, Women EmPOWERing Women, 2019–2022
  • Member, Energy Bar Association, 2016–present

Civic Activities

  • Board Member, Save More Kids Inc., 2019–present
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “CPUC Considers How to Implement Income-Based Fixed Charges for Residential Electric Utility Service” (co-author), Daily Journal, July 13, 2023
  • Hybrid Resources White Paper, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 2021
  • “Are All RPS Compliance and RECs Created Equal,” Energy Policy Initiatives Center, 2017
  • Annual Assessment of Demand Response and Net Metering, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 2016

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