Nirvesh Sikand

Associate

Nirvesh Sikand focuses on regulatory matters before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Nirvesh represents clients in a wide range of state and federal regulatory issues involving energy policy and infrastructure, project development, and administrative litigation. He conducts due diligence and provides regulatory advice to energy producers, energy storage companies, utilities, transmission developers, investors, and sponsors.

Nirvesh advocates on behalf of clients in several pertinent CPUC and California Energy Commission (CEC) proceedings, as well as the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) initiatives, including resource adequacy (RA), reliability, and resiliency; procurement to meet Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS); net energy metering tariffs; integrated resource planning (IRP) and long-term procurement; the distributed energy resources framework; microgrids; and assessment of the power-charge indifference adjustment.

Nirvesh also represents clients in ratemaking, legislative, and adjudicatory proceedings at the CPUC.

During law school, Nirvesh interned at the CPUC Administrative Law Judge’s division, where he conducted legal research on cases involving the regulation of energy, telecommunications, water, and transportation in the state. He worked on several regulatory proceedings, including rulemakings for the RPS, adequate water quality and conservation by regulated water companies, and programs to encourage installation of small-scale solar systems by electricity customers. Nirvesh reviewed Permit to Construct (PTC) and Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) applications, assessed CEQA applications and Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) for utilities, and aided judges with drafting decisions. He has also investigated utilities that failed to comply with their RPS obligations, or allegedly violated the California Public Utilities Code, and adjudicated consumer complaints such as disputes over placement of utility equipment and billing disputes.

In addition to his regulatory experience, Nirvesh spent a summer as a law clerk for the California Attorney General’s Office, Natural Resources Section, where he researched and wrote several pre-trial motions in conjunction with state and federal environmental laws such as the CEQA, NEPA, CAA, and CWA while representing a multitude of state agencies.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Energy Bar Association, Member
  • Power Association of Northern California, Member, 2020–present
  • The Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, Member, 2020–present
  • Young Professionals in Energy, Member, 2020–present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 2019–present
  • Hastings Environmental Law Journal, Editorial Board, 2017-2018
  • Hastings Business Law Journal, Senior Editor, 2017-2018

Honors & Rankings

  • Externship, Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton, United States District Court, Northern District of California, 2016
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Dean’s Merit Scholarship recipient, 2015–2018
  • Assisted in drafting a Permit-to-Construct application for a transmission developer.
  • Assisted in drafting RPS certification applications for a wind project developer.
  • Advised clients on the development of green hydrogen infrastructure, PG&E’s wildfire bankruptcy cases, condemnation, prior abandonment, and §851 exemptions for CPUC approval.
  • Advised clients on RA, RPS, and IRP strategies and compliance.
  • Advised a client on proceedings involving the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Southern California.
  • Advised the California High Speed Rail Authority on utility franchise and real property issues.
  • Represented clients in utility ratemaking proceedings at the CPUC.
  • Drafted advice letters and protests on behalf of a utility client.
  • Conducted due diligence and assisted in drafting a refinancing application for a client who sought to encumber property.
  • Drafted several motions in administrative proceedings at the CPUC.

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Nirvesh was born and raised in India until he moved to the bay area when he was 16. When he is out of the office, Nirvesh enjoys working out, hiking, cooking, and tending to his indoor plants. He loves travelling, exploring different cultures, and experiencing new cuisines.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Energy Bar Association, Member
  • Power Association of Northern California, Member, 2020–present
  • The Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, Member, 2020–present
  • Young Professionals in Energy, Member, 2020–present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 2019–present
  • Hastings Environmental Law Journal, Editorial Board, 2017-2018
  • Hastings Business Law Journal, Senior Editor, 2017-2018

Honors & Rankings

  • Externship, Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton, United States District Court, Northern District of California, 2016
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Dean’s Merit Scholarship recipient, 2015–2018