Michael Alcantar



Michael Alcantar has practiced as a trial litigator, appellate lawyer, and regulatory and corporate counsel to public institutions and private companies for thirty years. His focus is administrative law related to energy matters in the Western states and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. For several years, he represented the nation’s largest municipal utility, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Michael has served as counsel to a group of large industrial metals, chemical, and paper products manufacturing customers of the Bonneville Power Administration, to international oil and gas companies, and to major energy project developers and operators. His work has extended to the development of state energy legislation for energy markets

  • Serves as general counsel for the Cogeneration Association of California (formerly known as the Cogenerators of Southern California), the Nevada Independent Energy Coalition, and the Cogeneration Coalition of Washington (formerly known as the Northwest Cogeneration & Industrial Power Coalition).
  • Participates extensively in the development of major energy projects, utility ratemaking, power contract negotiations, contract administration advice, and litigation. Engages in the development of natural gas bypass pipelines, fuel supply, energy and gas users tax issues, and steam sales agreements.
  • Represented the Western States Petroleum Association on matters pertaining to alternative fuel vehicle regulation and electric industry restructuring.
  • Represented the interests of a wide range of industrial clients before state regulatory commissions in Arizona, California, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
  • Presents and litigates major energy issues before BPA, FERC, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the Public Utilities Commissions of Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Appears before committees of Congress and the California and Nevada legislatures on issues concerning cogeneration development and pricing, electric restructuring and regulation.
Bar Memberships




University of Southern California

B.A., J.D.