Clifford Sikora

Troutman Sanders LLP

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9th Street Northwest 401
Washington 20004 DC US

Clifford S. Sikora is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Troutman Sanders. Over his 20-year career with the firm, Cliff has solely worked with clients in the energy industry, concentrating in electricity industry matters.

He has represented a wide array of business interests within the electricity sector, including vertically-integrated utilities, energy project development companies (fossil generation, renewable generation, hydropower, transmission and storage), banks, private equity investors, energy technology companies, and EPC contractors.

Cliff has acted as first-chair in high-profile regulatory litigation and filings before the FERC, and has lead deal teams in the energy space (most notably, in transactions economically dependent on regulated rates and/or managed-market commodity pricing).

Mr. Sikora has also developed a unique specialization in strategic business counseling for entities in the electric industry, based on a wide array of experience representing clients in the context of various combinations of state/ federal regulatory and market climates.

He works with clients to develop unique solutions and concrete plans for overcoming their most challenging competitive and regulatory obstacles.

Representative Matters :

  • Microgrids: Represent utility regarding development of microgrid (including solar, CHP, storage, etc.) in conjunction with commercial real estate development entities.
  • Batteries & Storage: Represent several utilities and other interests regarding development and deployment of grid-scale battery resources and behind-the-meter storage solutions.
  • Power Contract Litigation: Obtained favorable ALJ decision after trial-type hearing in FERC case regarding rates, terms and conditions of sales contract between client-seller and wholesale buyer/behind-the-meter generator.
  • Enforcement & Corporate Compliance: Experience representing clients before the FERC Office of Enforcement. Worked with several utility clients to develop top-to-bottom compliance, reporting, monitoring and training programs consistent with best practices and board reporting obligations.

Professional Experience :

  • Counsel, United States Senate, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, June 1995-September 1996
  • Legal Advisor, Commissioner Donald F. Santa, Jr., Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, May 1993-June 1995
  • Supervisory Attorney, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of the General
  • Counsel, Department of Electric Rates and Corporate Regulation, January 1991-May 1993
  • Advisory Attorney, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Electric Rates and Corporate Regulation August 1989-January 1991


  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 1989
  • University of Delaware, M.P.A., 1986
  • Cornell University, B.S., 1984

BAR ADMISSIONS : District of Columbia


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