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Peter C. Kissel

Of Counsel

Peter Kissel has more than forty years’ experience of practicing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and its predecessor agency the Federal Power Commission, and in Federal appellate courts. Mr. Kissel began his career as a Trial Attorney with the Federal Power Commission. Mr. Kissel’s private practice experience includes serving as lead FERC litigation counsel for the California Department of Water Resources State Water Project for over twenty years. Mr. Kissel has also represented numerous publicly-owned water systems, special use districts, rural electric cooperative associations, and municipal electric systems in electric rate and contract matters.

Mr. Kissel has extensive experience in hydroelectric licensing, having represented over twenty projects in pre-licensing, licensing, and license compliance matters before FERC and federal appellate courts. He was counsel to projects in obtaining FERC licenses at large Corps of Engineers Projects on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers as well as projects on smaller waterways in New York, Vermont, California, Washington, Idaho, and New Jersey. Examples of Mr. Kissel’s practice in hydroelectric matters include:

Belleville Project, Project No. 6939.  Counsel to a statewide group of Ohio municipalities in post-license proceedings and ongoing license administration for the 42-MW Belleville Project at an Army Corps of Engineers lock and dam facility on the Ohio River.  Represented the licensee on rehearing and in U.S. Court of Appeals decision affirming the license in U.S. Department of the Interior v. FERC.

New Martinsville Project, Project No. 3206.  Represented City of New Martinsville, West Virginia in landmark U.S. Court of Appeals case City of New Martinsville v. FERC, reversing a FERC order requiring compensation for non-game fishery resources, and in post-license matters regarding 37-MW project at the Army Corps' Hannibal Locks and Dam facility on the Ohio River. 

Chace Mill Project, Project No. 2756.  Counsel to licensee Winooski One Partnership in post-license compliance matters regarding the 6.5-MW Chace Mill Project on the Winooski River in Vermont.  Represented licensee in obtaining the project license issued by FERC in 1988, and in U.S. Court of Appeals case affirming the license in Woolen Mill Associates v. FERC.  Also represented licensee in transfer of license from Burlington Electric Department to Winooski One Partnership.

Columbia Water Supply/Hydroelectric Project, Project No. 11322.  Represented Tuolumne Utilities District (California) in obtaining license for hydro generation facilities installed as part of a county water supply system connected to the Federal New Melones Project in California.

Coon Rapids Project, Project No. 4369.  Represented City of Anoka, MN, in obtaining FERC license for the 10.4-MW Coon Rapids Project on the Mississippi River in Minnesota.

Victory Mills Project, Project No. 7153.  Represented SNC Hydro, Inc. in obtaining FERC license for the 1237-kW Victory Mills Project in New York, and in subsequent transfer of the license.

Morrisville Project, Project No. 2629.  Counsel to Village of Morrisville, VT, in obtaining FERC license for the 5.1-MW Morrisville Project.

Davis Creek Project, Project No. 7182.  Represented landowners in obtaining FERC exemption for the 1600-kW Davis Creek Project in Washington. 

Union Park Reservoir Project.  Counsel to Union Park Water Authority for pre-license planning activities of unconstructed 900,000 acre-foot water supply reservoir and 60-MW power project in Gunnison County, Colorado.

Oroville Facilities (Feather River Project), Project No. 2100.  Provided counsel to the California Department of Water Resources regarding preliminary relicensing planning for 762-MW Project at Lake Oroville on the Feather River in Northern California, and for ongoing license administration and monitoring.

California Aqueduct Project (State Water Project), Project No. 2426.  Provided counsel to the California Department of Water Resources for ongoing license administration and monitoring of 1650-MW project consisting of several developments located on California state water system.

Greenup Project, Project No. 2614.  Represented City of Hamilton, Ohio in license administration, compliance, and monitoring matters for 72-MW project on the Ohio River, and in obtaining license amendment authorizing relocation of a portion of the project transmission line.

City of Hamilton Project, Project No. 2724.  Represented City of Hamilton, Ohio for relicensing of 1500-kW project on the Great Miami River in Ohio (new license issued in 2001), and for license administration and monitoring.

  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Syracuse University’s Maxwell School
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Irish American Unity Conference, National President
  • Military Road School Preservation Trust

Overview

Peter Kissel has more than forty years’ experience of practicing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and its predecessor agency the Federal Power Commission, and in Federal appellate courts. Mr. Kissel began his career as a Trial Attorney with the Federal Power Commission. Mr. Kissel’s private practice experience includes serving as lead FERC litigation counsel for the California Department of Water Resources State Water Project for over twenty years. Mr. Kissel has also represented numerous publicly-owned water systems, special use districts, rural electric cooperative associations, and municipal electric systems in electric rate and contract matters.

Mr. Kissel has extensive experience in hydroelectric licensing, having represented over twenty projects in pre-licensing, licensing, and license compliance matters before FERC and federal appellate courts. He was counsel to projects in obtaining FERC licenses at large Corps of Engineers Projects on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers as well as projects on smaller waterways in New York, Vermont, California, Washington, Idaho, and New Jersey. Examples of Mr. Kissel’s practice in hydroelectric matters include:

Belleville Project, Project No. 6939.  Counsel to a statewide group of Ohio municipalities in post-license proceedings and ongoing license administration for the 42-MW Belleville Project at an Army Corps of Engineers lock and dam facility on the Ohio River.  Represented the licensee on rehearing and in U.S. Court of Appeals decision affirming the license in U.S. Department of the Interior v. FERC.

New Martinsville Project, Project No. 3206.  Represented City of New Martinsville, West Virginia in landmark U.S. Court of Appeals case City of New Martinsville v. FERC, reversing a FERC order requiring compensation for non-game fishery resources, and in post-license matters regarding 37-MW project at the Army Corps' Hannibal Locks and Dam facility on the Ohio River. 

Chace Mill Project, Project No. 2756.  Counsel to licensee Winooski One Partnership in post-license compliance matters regarding the 6.5-MW Chace Mill Project on the Winooski River in Vermont.  Represented licensee in obtaining the project license issued by FERC in 1988, and in U.S. Court of Appeals case affirming the license in Woolen Mill Associates v. FERC.  Also represented licensee in transfer of license from Burlington Electric Department to Winooski One Partnership.

Columbia Water Supply/Hydroelectric Project, Project No. 11322.  Represented Tuolumne Utilities District (California) in obtaining license for hydro generation facilities installed as part of a county water supply system connected to the Federal New Melones Project in California.

Coon Rapids Project, Project No. 4369.  Represented City of Anoka, MN, in obtaining FERC license for the 10.4-MW Coon Rapids Project on the Mississippi River in Minnesota.

Victory Mills Project, Project No. 7153.  Represented SNC Hydro, Inc. in obtaining FERC license for the 1237-kW Victory Mills Project in New York, and in subsequent transfer of the license.

Morrisville Project, Project No. 2629.  Counsel to Village of Morrisville, VT, in obtaining FERC license for the 5.1-MW Morrisville Project.

Davis Creek Project, Project No. 7182.  Represented landowners in obtaining FERC exemption for the 1600-kW Davis Creek Project in Washington. 

Union Park Reservoir Project.  Counsel to Union Park Water Authority for pre-license planning activities of unconstructed 900,000 acre-foot water supply reservoir and 60-MW power project in Gunnison County, Colorado.

Oroville Facilities (Feather River Project), Project No. 2100.  Provided counsel to the California Department of Water Resources regarding preliminary relicensing planning for 762-MW Project at Lake Oroville on the Feather River in Northern California, and for ongoing license administration and monitoring.

California Aqueduct Project (State Water Project), Project No. 2426.  Provided counsel to the California Department of Water Resources for ongoing license administration and monitoring of 1650-MW project consisting of several developments located on California state water system.

Greenup Project, Project No. 2614.  Represented City of Hamilton, Ohio in license administration, compliance, and monitoring matters for 72-MW project on the Ohio River, and in obtaining license amendment authorizing relocation of a portion of the project transmission line.

City of Hamilton Project, Project No. 2724.  Represented City of Hamilton, Ohio for relicensing of 1500-kW project on the Great Miami River in Ohio (new license issued in 2001), and for license administration and monitoring.

Education

  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Syracuse University’s Maxwell School

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Organizations

  • Irish American Unity Conference, National President
  • Military Road School Preservation Trust