Overview

Tara S. Kaushik is an attorney in Holland & Knight's San Francisco office and a member of the firm's West Coast Land Use, Energy and Environment Group. Ms. Kaushik focuses her practice on regulatory matters, with a specific emphasis on energy and natural resources. She represents energy developers/producers, financial entities, local governments, Alaska Native Corporations and tribal entities in project developments, including the negotiations of power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, virtual power purchase agreements and project financing. Ms. Kaushik also advises and represents her clients on numerous issues before state public utilities commissions throughout the western United States, including the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Recently, Ms. Kaushik represented a financial institution in the bankruptcy case of Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) in San Francisco. She also represented financial investors in diligence on all wildfire-related liabilities of PG&E and other investor-owned utilities in California.

Ms. Kaushik represents clients in matters involving the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), including the interconnection process and CAISO stakeholder processes. She also handles carbon credits transactions and cap-and-trade issues before the California Air Resources Board, and advises energy companies and tribal organizations on litigation and arbitration involving energy and commercial disputes.

Ms. Kaushik's clients include electric utilities, utility investors, energy storage companies, solar and wind developers, natural gas pipelines and marketers, oil refineries, tribal organizations, energy efficiency companies, a carbon capture and storage developer, and water utility companies. In addition, she has advised clients in energy, technology, publishing, healthcare, financial services and real estate development with regard to federal and state court proceedings and arbitrations.

Representative Experience

Ms. Kaushik's representative matters include:

  • represented solar and energy storage developer in negotiations and drafting of resource adequacy contract with community choice aggregation entity in California
  • represented financial institution in second PG&E bankruptcy case in San Francisco and advised on regulatory issues, including wildfire-related proceedings before the CPUC
  • conducted diligence and counseled utility investors, including equity funds and asset management companies on wildfire liabilities of California investor-owned utilities, including PG&E, and regulatory issues related to wildfires and PG&E bankruptcy before the CPUC
  • represented natural gas marketers in PG&E gas transmission and storage cases
  • negotiated and draft power purchase agreements for energy storage and solar projects in California
  • led due diligence on acquisition of solar company assets by financial entity in California
  • represented electric utility cooperative, winning on virtually every issue of a fully litigated, natural gas rate case before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA)
  • represented large investment fund as local counsel in acquisition of a California energy efficiency company
  • counseled telecommunications company on electrical and gas utility issues related to sale of buildings to large technology company in Silicon Valley
  • represented oil pipeline in Alaska in joint application to acquire a large oil company's assets in Trans-Alaska Pipeline System before RCA
  • represented oil pipeline in approvals of rate increases and decreases before RCA
  • advised energy efficiency company on CPUC precedent to prepare response to California utility request for proposals
  • represented electric utility cooperative in natural gas utility rate case before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska
  • represented a venture fund that develops carbon offsets and sequestration projects on tribal lands under the California Air Resources Board's cap-and-trade program, and sells carbon credits from projects in global markets
  • advised tribal government in Arizona with structuring entities to promote development of industrial park and attract manufacturers
  • represented tribal government in first-ever transaction involving investment in hydropower from the Hoover Dam
  • represented natural gas marketer in its application before FERC for authority to provide electric services, which was approved
  • advised and represented energy efficiency provider on evaluation, measurement and verification issues in rulemaking proceeding before CPUC
  • represented technology company in development of solar photovoltaic project and sale of excess power to Arizona utility
  • represented energy storage company in contract negotiations with California investor-owned utility
  • represented natural gas pipeline company in general rate case of California investor-owned utility before CPUC on ratemaking issues
  • represented tribal government and energy company in acquisition of coal mine serving the Four Corners power plant in New Mexico, as well as in proceeding before the Arizona Corporation Commission concerning deregulation of the electricity market

Experience

Credentials

Education
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.
  • Santa Clara University, B.A., magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • All Federal Courts in California
  • All State Courts in California
  • Supreme Court of California
Memberships
  • Law360, Energy Editorial Advisory Board
  • Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, Board of Directors
  • Energy Bar Association, Western Chapter, Former President and Board Member
  • Energy Bar Association, National Chapter, Former Board Member
  • Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment, SF Bay Area Leadership Committee
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Honors & Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America guide, San Francisco Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Utilities Law, Energy Regulatory Law, 2016-2020  
  • Rising Star, California Super Lawyers magazine, 2013, 2014 
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for Santa Clara County, Santa Clara County Bar Association and Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley, 2005

Publications

Speaking Engagements

News