Barclay Damon LLP
Ekin has been practicing energy and regulatory law for over a decade. She serves as Barclay Damon's Regulatory Practice Area co-chair and primarily concentrates her practice on regulatory issues, including infrastructure-siting matters (through the Public Service Law (PSL) Article VII and Article 10 proceedings), environmental permitting, major electric- and gasrate cases, management and operations audit matters, regulatory compliance, and other utility and generator-facility related proceedings. She routinely represents clients in administrative proceedings and evidentiary hearings before the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), the Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, and the New York Independent System Operator. Ekin helps domestic and international developers navigate the environmental review and siting processes required for offshore and onshore wind, solar, hydropower, energy storage, and biomass and other complex development projects. She also routinely assists clients in the new accelerated siting process before the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES).
As part of her practice, Ekin closely monitors and advises clients on Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and other clean energy standard proceedings that have grown out of the REV initiative over the years, including energy storage, community solar, value of distributed energy resources, and electric vehicle proceedings as well as the procurements, grants, and other incentives provided by NYSERDA, including the offshore wind solicitations for ORECs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 renewable energy credits, and NYSERDA's incentive programs for renewable energy development, including the NY-SUN program.
Ekin additionally works closely with energy service companies (ESCOs) participating in the electric and gas retail marketplace in New York. She provides legal counsel on issues related to ESCO licensing, marketing practices, and regulatory compliance with the requirements established by the PSC, including the New York Uniform Business Practices (UBP) and relevant PSC orders.
As part of the Regulatory Practice Area, Ekin also represents cable and telecommunication companies before the PSC and assists major cable and telecom clients with their merger dockets, management and operations audit matters, and regulatory compliance.