Donald Brookhyser energy, litigation, law firm, lawyers, attorneys, environmental, natural resources, energy law, energy litigation, environmental law, natural resources law, oil and gas, natural gas, California, San Francisco, Since 1998, Alcantar & Kahl has built an experienced and knowledgeable team to provide regulatory and corporate counsel to private companies engaged in energy matters. Efficient cost-effective, we provide legal solutions that deliver results. Unique solutions to industry challenges, forceful representation and our keen attention to detail have earned us extraordinary client loyalty


Don Brookhyser has gained diverse experience over the past twenty-five years both as a civil litigator and as a utility law specialist. His utility expertise comes both from working as in-house counsel for Nevada Power and from representing independent generators in his employment with Alcantar & Kahl. Don represented Nevada Power Company in Nevada’s industry restructuring proceedings, general rate cases and PURPA rulemaking proceedings. His work for independent generators includes greenhouse gas issues, development of independent system operators and coordination with generators, standby and transmission rates, and interconnection issues.

  • Participates in the development of mitigation programs for greenhouse gas, in both state and regional forums. This includes issues of allocation of cogeneration emissions, emission performance standards, reporting and cap and trade programs.
  • Represents industrial customers in Bonneville Power Administration cases involving residential exchange issues and development of a tiered rates methodology.
  • Represents generators in contesting standby rates in utility general rate cases and transmission tariff cases.
  • Represents generators in rate cases of gas distribution utilities including issues of operational flow orders and charges for lost and unaccounted for gas.
  • Participated in the development of regional transmission groups, focusing on efforts to organize GridWest, including both legal issues and challenging behind-the-meter issues.
  • Served as lead of the legal working group for the first phase development of Desert Star ISO. Represented Nevada Power in the development of the Mountain West ISA.
  • Represented Nevada Power in the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada restructuring proceedings. This included preparing numerous comments and legal briefs related to various proposed regulations, appearing in workshops and hearings, and assisting management in developing the Company’s approach to each rulemaking initiative.
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