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George Cannon

Partner

Chip specialises in energy regulation and markets focusing on the U.S. power sector.

He provides strategic advice to clients on regulatory and commercial issues both in the regional wholesale power markets (Regional Transmission Organizations/Independent System Operators (RTOs/ISOs)) as well as in non-RTO/ISO regions. He represents clients in drafting and negotiating physical and financially-settled power purchase agreements, energy storage tolling agreements, complicated interconnection shared facilities agreements, and behind-the-meter arrangements with data centers and other large end users. He regularly assists clients with all regulatory aspects of acquisitions, divestitures and financings of electric generation and transmission projects, including obtaining required Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state public service commission approvals. Chip has deep experience representing clients before FERC, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), federal courts and state regulatory commissions.

Chip’s clients include independent power producers, large scale energy consumers, electric utilities, generation and transmission project developers, energy traders and financial institutions. He concentrates his practice on the production, delivery, sale, and consumption of electric energy and related products, primarily from wind, solar, hydro and other renewable energy resources, fuel cells, and energy storage resources.

Chambers USA 2023 has ranked Chip as a Band 2 Lawyer in Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation).

Experience

Pro bono

Representing a number of LGBTQ+ individuals in asylum proceedings at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Speaking Engagements

  • Chairperson, “Energy Law and Practice 2022,” Practising Law Institute, October 18, 2021, October 6, 2022, and October 11, 2023 (expected)
  • Professor Lecturer in Law, Energy Law Seminar: Energy Commodities, Climate Change, and Derivatives, The George Washington University Law School, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, and Fall 2023
  • Professor Lecturer in Law, Selected Topics in Energy Law: U.S. Electric Industry in Transition, The George Washington University Law School, Fall 2023
  • “Election Series: Energy Outlook,” webinar, Oct. 20, 2020

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Chair, Energy Insecurity Committee, Energy Bar Association, 2023-2024
  • Chair, Electricity Steering Committee, Energy Bar Association, 2022-2023
  • Vice Chair, Electricity Steering Committee, Energy Bar Association, 2021-2022
  • Member of Legal Counsel, The Williams Institute at UCLA Law School

Awards

  • LGBTQ+ Business Leader, Washington Business Journal, 2021
  • Equality Trailblazers, The National Law Journal, 2019
  • Leading practitioner for Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), Chambers USA 2006 - 2021

Qualifications

Admissions

Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales, 2024

Admitted the Bar of the District of Columbia

Admitted the Bar of the State of New York

Academic

J.D., The George Washington University Law School, cum laude, 1994

B.A., Tulane University, cum laude, 1988

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A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.