Professional Biography

Jason T. Kuzma Partner

  • Bellevue

    D +1.425.635.1416

    F +1.425.635.2416

    Bellevue

    The PSE Building, 10885 N.E. Fourth Street, Suite 700

    Bellevue, WA

    +1.425.635.1416

    JKuzma@perkinscoie.com

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OVERVIEW

EXPERIENCE

Experience

Energy

Project Development Agreements

Represents clients in the development and negotiation of project development agreements, including engineering, procurement and construction agreements including those utilizing a number of different pricing models, such as lump-sum turnkey, cost-plus, open book, and incentive-based contracts.

Project and Structured Finance

Represents clients in the development and negotiation of project finance, structured finance, and securitization transactions, including swaps, derivatives, and trade options and regulatory issues arising under the Dodd-Frank Act and related regulatory schemes.

Telecommunications Agreements

Represents clients in the development and negotiation of telecommunications infrastructure agreements, including broadband and telecommunications services to businesses; dark fiber agreements; lit fiber agreements; indefeasible rights to use agreements; leasing agreements; interconnection agreements; and operations and maintenance agreements.

Renewable Energy Credits and Verified Emission Reductions

Represents clients in development and negotiation of agreements for the acquisition of renewable energy credits and verified emissions reductions.

Power Purchase Agreements

Represents energy clients in the negotiation and drafting of power purchase agreements.(both renewable energy and traditional energy), interconnection, agreements, and other power supply and purchase arrangements.

Proposal Procurement Processes

Represents clients in request for proposal (RFP) procurement processes for project development and asset purchases, including preparation and development of RFPs and due diligence and analysis of proposals.

Supply Chain Networks

Represents clients in the development and negotiation of international supply chain network agreements and arrangements.

Litigation and Rulemaking Before FERC

Represents energy clients in administrative litigation and rulemaking matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including Federal Power Act section 205 applications and approvals for FERC-jurisdictional sales, Qualifying Facilities (QF) and Exempt Wholesale Generator (EWG) issues, market rate authority, Federal Power Act section 203 transfer of jurisdictional assets; investigations into compliance, and other issues.

Litigation and Rulemaking Before BPA

Represents energy clients in administrative litigation and rulemaking matters before the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), including power and transmission rate proceedings and matters involving the Residential Exchange Program.

Litigation and Rulemaking Before State Regulatory Bodies

Represents energy clients in administrative proceedings before state regulatory bodies, including the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. These proceedings include rulemakings, general rate cases, power cost only rate cases, accounting petitions, petitions for declaratory orders, applications for transfers of property, and applications for mergers.

Energy Proceedings in Federal Courts

Represents energy clients in federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, for review of agency proceedings related to energy matters.

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PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

RELATED INFORMATION

Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

  • The University of Michigan Law School, J.D.,
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
    , 2001,
    The University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Notes Editor, 2000 - 2001; Associate Editor, 1999 - 2000
  • Central Michigan University, B.A.,
    summa cum laude
    , 1998