Jesse Reyes provides strategic advice and legal representation to clients in energy, environmental, and other regulatory matters. He brings more than 20 years of experience in matters such as distribution utility rate cases and state regulatory proceedings, competitive bid development and negotiation of power purchase agreements for renewable energy and environmental attributes, mergers and acquisitions, siting, interconnection agreements, FERC gas and electric transmission tariffs, Regional Transmission Organization stakeholder processes, wholesale market rule development, reliability standards, and regulatory compliance.
Jesse represents electric transmission companies, independent power producers, energy suppliers, project developers, telecommunications providers, innovative technology companies, and investors in connection with navigating the uncertainties of both competitive markets and regulated industries. He helps clients explore the right questions and develops efficient strategic advice and legal representation to help them achieve their business objectives.
Prior to working in a Boston firm’s energy and environmental practice, Jesse served as Chief of the Energy and Telecommunications Division in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where he was the primary advisor to Attorney General Martha Coakley on energy policy and carried out the Attorney General’s statutory function of ratepayer advocate before state and federal regulators and the federal appellate courts. Jesse was also responsible for representing the Attorney General within NEPOOL on wholesale market and transmission planning issues. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, Jesse presided over hearings at the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy (predecessor to current Department of Public Utilities and the Department of Telecommunications and Cable). This experience and his continuing relationships with government and industry stakeholders throughout New England and beyond gives Jesse deep insight into regulatory environments faced by different industries.
Publications & Presentations
- Co-Author, “The Regulator Structures or Economic Opportunities That Are Driving – Or Hindering – Building Electrification,” Power Magazine, June 10, 2022
- Panelist, "So You Want to be an Energy Lawyer?" Boston Bar Association, Boston, MA, November 22, 2019
- Panelist, "Winners and Losers: Challenging RFP Decisions," Law Seminars International, Developing Transmission in the Northeast Seminar, Boston, MA, February 26, 2016
- Panelist, "Statewide Construction of Natural Gas Pipelines and Electric Transmission Lines," National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 17, 2014
- Panelist, "Rapid Deployment of Natural Gas LDC Infrastructure and Replacement Facilities," New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners, 67th Annual Symposium, Stowe, VT, June 17, 2014
- Panelist, "Consumer Protection for Retail Customers: Striking the Right Balance," Retail Energy Supply Association, Energy Competition Symposium, Boston, MA, September 18, 2013
- Panelist, "ISO-NE Budget Priorities and Perspectives," New England Power Pool, Summer Meeting, Newport, RI, June 25, 2013
- Panelist, "Effect of Smart Grid on Energy Efficiency in New England," Northeast Energy and Commerce Association, Conference on Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Westborough, MA, November 1, 2012
- Speaker, "Components of Electricity Rates," Power Options, Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, April 25, 2012
- Panelist, "Transmission Workshop," National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, St. Louis, MO, November 13, 2011
Honors & Awards
- Chambers USA Ranked Lawyer, Energy & Natural Resources, Massachusetts, 2023-Present