Energy - like food and water - is vital to human survival and, given its essential nature, businesses that produce, store, and deliver, it must be on constant alert for political opportunities and challenges.
The energy practice group at Cornerstone Government Affairs helps companies, trade associations, and coalitions pursue public policy objectives and influence legislative and administrative decisions. Our energy expertise is both broad and deep:
- For more than three decades, we have worked extensively with hydrocarbon producers (oil, gas, coal) and renewable energy interests (wind, geothermal, biomass/biofuels, solar).
- We have handled matters before the Department of Energy (DOE) since its creation in 1977, and collaborated closely with career civil servants and political appointees in Washington and various DOE field offices.
- We have helped craft numerous pieces of legislation and influence dozens of administrative rules.
- We have assisted a variety of business and nonprofit clients as they successfully secured and/or defended hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for energy programs, activities, and projects.
- We have led prestigious national energy trade associations and foundations, including the American Wind Energy Association, the American Clean Skies Foundation, and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.
- In addition to extensive federal and state legislative and administrative staff service, we have also served as an elected state utility regulator (OK) hearing more than 100 rate cases.
- We have worked closely with senators and representatives and staff from both political parties on all of the congressional committees and subcommittees of jurisdiction, including the Senate Finance, Energy & Natural Resources, Appropriations, and Environment & Public Works Committees and the House Energy & Commerce, Natural Resources, Science, Space & Technology, and Appropriations Committees.
The Cornerstone energy practice group draws upon the full resources of the firm, including its four dozen senior professionals in Washington and six state offices (Austin, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Des Moines, Houston, and Jackson).