Sean Atkins focuses his practice on energy law, including federal and state regulation of electric utilities. He has extensive experience with legal and policy issues related to wholesale electricity markets, transmission planning and operations, and generator interconnections.
Sean obtained approvals for new transmission planning procedures designed to facilitate the needs of renewable power. He served as chair of a working group of counsel representing utilities in the northeastern United States that successfully formed a regional transmission organization and attained incentive transmission rates.
Sean represents clients in administrative and appellate litigation and negotiates settlements of complex matters before utility regulators. He advises clients on the development of effective compliance programs and a variety of regulatory compliance issues.
Sean is part of Alston & Bird’s Renewable Energy Team, which focuses on a wide range of legal, regulatory, environmental and business challenges facing renewable power developers.
Before entering private practice, Sean served as a law clerk in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Administrative Law Judges.
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