Scott Blaising serves as special counsel for numerous public agencies on energy matters. In this role, Scott has been actively involved in regulatory and legislative efforts to promote retail service options for public agencies, including Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). Currently, Scott manages a group within BBSW that provides regulatory services to numerous CCA programs in California, including Marin Clean Energy, City of Lancaster, Sonoma Clean Power Authority and Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority. Scott also serves as regulatory counsel for LEAN Energy US, which has served as a CCA clearinghouse of information for local public agencies.
Scott brings a significant amount of experience to his role as an advocate for CCA programs. He was the lead attorney in the formation of the San Joaquin Valley Power Authority (SJVPA), the first public agency in California to submit a CCA implementation plan. Scott drafted SJVPA’s formation documents and conducted SJVPA’s regulatory activity at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Among other things, Scott negotiated a settlement agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, which included a code of conduct governing marketing efforts. He was subsequently invited to participate on the drafting team for Senate Bill 790 (2011), drafting various sections of this CCA-centric legislation. In furtherance of this role, Scott served as co-counsel for CCA interests as part of the CPUC’s implementation of SB 790.
Prior to entering private practice, Scott worked for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Southern California Edison Company (SCE). In addition to leading SMUD’s key account services department, Scott served as SMUD’s electric industry restructuring coordinator. At SCE, Scott served as an area manager, representing SCE in governmental and civic matters, after previously working as a distribution planner and energy services representative. In sum, Scott has worked in the electric utility industry for over 30 years.
Scott received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and his juris doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Scott is a member of the California State Bar.