Electric Energy

For more than 30 years, our attorneys have been involved in the development and restructuring of electric markets in Texas. We provide counsel and guidance to wholesale and retail market participants in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Southwest Power Pool Electric Energy Network (SPP), as well as financial institutions.

Our attorneys have worked closely on the development of many of the legislative and regulatory policies that define the Texas electric industry today. We understand the legal and commercial issues associated with Texas electric markets and are experienced in providing effective solutions for navigating regulatory, political and market structures.

Over the years, our clients have included electric cooperatives, wholesale electricity buyers and sellers, a trade association and a mid-size municipal utility, as well as other participants in Texas power markets.

We represent these clients in business transactions, as well as regulatory permitting and administrative proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas. We also provide legislative monitoring and advocacy, and when necessary, representation at civil trials and appeals.

Our experience includes:

  • Financing, development and construction of generation and transmission facilities.
  • Permitting of electric transmission facilities and routing of electric transmission lines.
  • Developing and negotiating wholesale and retail power supply contracts.
  • Assisting with the acquisition of fuel supplies.
  • Developing operations and maintenance arrangements.
  • Facilitating equipment purchase and sales transactions.
  • Counseling on corporate governance.
  • Providing due diligence in connection with the sale of electric assets.
  • Monitoring state regulatory and legislative proceedings involving electric market structure.
  • Handling retail service area disputes.
  • Counseling on mergers, acquisitions and consolidations among electric cooperatives.


  Primary Contact  
  Melissa Salhab Sykes
512 495-6029 o
512 505-6329 f
  Practicing in this Area...  
Manuel Escobar
Campbell McGinnis
Brytne D.  Kitchin
Carl Galant
Christine Reynolds
Ryan Lammert
Kevin W. Haney
Alex Stevens
Eric A. Johnston
Melissa Salhab Sykes
  Our Offices  
Austin Office
600 Congress Ave., Ste. 2100
Austin,TX 78701
512 495-6000 p | 512 495-6093 f

Houston Office
711 Louisiana St., Ste. 1600
Houston,TX 77002
713 615-8500 p | 713 615-8585 f

Dallas Office
Chase Tower
2200 Ross Ave., Ste. 4900E
Dallas,TX 75201
214 307-6960 p | 214 307-6990 f

Decatur Office
203 W. Walnut St, Ste 100
Decatur,TX 76234
940 627-1100 p