Patrick Ferguson


San Francisco

Patrick helps clients originate, develop, and operate renewable energy, storage and transmission projects throughout the United States. Recognized as a market-leading authority in energy regulatory law, Patrick helps companies implement first-of-their-kind commercial strategies to lower their carbon footprint or sell carbon-related products.

Described by Chambers USA as “sought out by energy companies for his expert regulatory and commercial advice as well as his strength in proceedings before the CPUC,” Patrick works on commercial and regulatory challenges involving the transition of the electric power grid to renewable resources. He represents some of the country’s largest power producers in wholesale and retail energy and capacity market transactions.

Patrick advises solar, wind, geothermal, and energy storage project sponsors on site acquisition, transmission, and power purchase agreement negotiations. He also assists producers of new technologies that combat climate change, including renewable fuels, carbon capture, and carbon offset credits, in structuring novel commercial transactions.

    • Independent power producers in the sale of both new and existing renewable projects, including through company sales, asset sales, joint ventures, and tax equity partnerships. 
    • Developers and investors in the acquisition of project assets, sites, and interconnection queue positions. 
    • Developers with projects involving all types of "novel" technologies, including carbon capture and sequestration, aggregated demand resource, long-duration storage, and pumped hydro storage. 
    • California’s independent power producers in the structuring, negotiation, and sale of resource adequacy capacity (RA) from natural gas, geothermal, solar, and energy storage resources. 
    • Transmission developer in the design and implementation of a novel form of merchant transmission cost recovery model connecting the CAISO grid to other Western US states. 
    • Renewable developers in bidding, negotiation, and sale of RA to California load serving entities, including import and pseudo-tie resources. 
    • Renewable developers in solar, wind and storage transactions involving the CAISO, SPP, MISO, ERCOT and PJM organized markets. 
    • Investors and other market participants in establishing wholesale market participation and preparation of enabling agreements (WSPP, EEI, ISDA). 
    • Independent power producer in sale of bundled energy and capacity from a wide range of existing and new-build resources, including combined-cycle gas units, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and energy storage resources to utilities and corporate offtakers. 
    • Corporate and utility buyers in the purchase of renewable energy and capacity, including through PPAs, "virtual" PPAs, and hedging transactions as well as purchase and sale agreements to acquire utility ownership of the resources. 
    • Corporate buyers and market participants in the purchase and sale of voluntary carbon offset and removal credits, involving nature-based removals, technology-based removals and direct air capture facilities.