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Tony Braun

Phone: 916-326-4449
Fax: 916-330-4337

For two decades, Tony Braun has provided counsel to California public agencies on all manner of regulatory, commercial, and legislative issues associated with the electric utility industry.

From restructuring of the utility industry, establishment of the California Independent System Operator Corporation, implementation of the new market design, reformation of transmission planning processes, development of resource adequacy requirements, integration of renewables, and formation of the new Energy Imbalance Market, Tony has counseled publicly-owned utilities as they sought to navigate ever-changing new market rules and shape these rules to fit their consumer-owned business model.

Tony routinely participates in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, CAISO, and California Energy Commission on a wide array of energy policy issues, including:

  • Consideration of resource adequacy rules, including possible formation of a Central Capacity Market and efforts to expand CAISO backstop procurement authority.
  • Formation of an Energy Imbalance Market – Tony has been appointed by the CAISO Board to serve on the Transitional Committee advising the CAISO Board on EIM matters, and currently serves as the Chair of the Regional Issues Forum.
  • Efforts to develop new products and establish requirements supporting flexible grid operations needed to integrate renewable resources.

Tony’s practice extends beyond strictly California market matters, as he counsels public agency clients on the formation of the newly constituted Peak Reliability Corporation to serve as the Reliability Coordination for the Western Interconnection, including matters such as bylaw development, corporate governance, and funding.  Tony is also actively involved in commercial and market development in the Pacific Northwest as he represents publicly owned utilities participating in the Northwest Power Pool.  These advocacy efforts on behalf of publicly owned utilities reflect the growing regionalization of energy markets and the supporting regulatory structure.  

Prior to founding BBSW, Tony worked in the General Counsel’s office of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, the law firm of Duncan, Weinberg, Miller & Pembroke, P.C., and the Office of U.S. Senator Paul S. Trible, VA.  Tony received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1985 from the University of Virginia, and his law degree in 1991 from the College of William and Mary.  Tony is a member of the Bars of both the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of California.

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Braun Blaising Smith Wynne
915 L Street
Suite 1480
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-326-5812
Fax: 916-330-4337