Christopher Parker is an associate in the Environment, Energy, and Resources practice. He focuses on regulatory and transactional issues at the state and federal levels for the energy and telecommunications industries. He also works on environment, land use, and tax controversy matters.
Christopher has broad knowledge of energy regulation and financing, which he gained as a judicial clerk for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). As a judicial clerk, he worked closely with administrative law judges (ALJs) and commissioners on several landmark decisions, including Net Energy Metering 2.0, Residential Rate Reform and Time-of-Use Rates, and Green Tariff Shared Renewables. He played a significant role in the general rate cases for Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) and Liberty Utilities. Christopher also advised the CPUC Energy Division.
His energy regulation and transactional experience includes renewable energy incentives for solar, wind and other technologies; distributed energy storage; ratesetting, rate design and retroactive ratemaking; bonus and accelerated depreciation, tax credits, and tax equity; power purchase agreements (PPAs); net energy metering (NEM); certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) applications; interconnection; and issues related to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). Christopher is experienced with CPUC motions practice, including challenges to CPUC jurisdiction.
Christopher represents tech and telecommunications clients in proceedings before the CPUC on merger approval, asset purchase and rulemaking matters. He has worked on issues related to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), Stored Communications ACT (SCA) and VOIP/IP services. He is especially familiar with the California and federal Lifeline Programs.
Environment and Land Use
Christopher has helped draft environmental impact reports (EIRs) and participated in appellate litigation related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). He is also familiar with housing element law and local development and zoning issues.
At the CPUC, Christopher was deeply involved in reviewing tax strategies adopted by large energy companies that exploited bonus and accelerated depreciation. He has also worked on partnership-level tax issues related to commercial lending.
- Clean Energy Leadership Institute, 2017 Fellow
- Young Professionals in Energy, Events Committee
- Bar Association of San Francisco
- Duke Law Club of Northern California
- California Public Utilities Commission
- Judicial Extern to the Hon. Alex Kozinski, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals