Christian D. McMurray

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1350 I Street, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
P: +1.202.662.3071
F: +1.202.974.9550

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Christian D. McMurray

Associate

Washington, DC Office
1350 I Street, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
P: +1.202.662.3071
F: +1.202.974.9550

Christian McMurray is an associate in the Energy practice group where he advises energy industry participants on electric and natural gas regulation under the Federal Power Act and the Natural Gas Act. His practice focuses on regulatory litigation and compliance before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with a particular focus on issues involving Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs). Christian has worked on a number of wholesale energy market matters, including the design and implementation of locational installed capacity markets, resource adequacy, ancillary services markets, generator retirements, demand response and compliance audits. Christian has represented the interests of RTOs/ISOs, project developers, renewable energy investors and rural electric cooperatives before the Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Such representations include federal loan guarantees, federal grant funding, and federal rulemakings. Christian has also drafted and advised entities on merger transactions, power purchase agreements (PPAs), fuel supply agreements and service agreements.

Prior to joining Andrews Kurth, Christian assisted rural electric cooperatives and public power municipalities in the development of electric generation resources, debt financing, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance, oil and gas leases and easements, and federal legislation. Christian also advised clients on hydropower licensing, hydropower operations, Power Marketing Agency prioritization, water storage reallocation and federal and state agency negotiations.

Professionally, Christian has twice served as co-chair of the Environmental Regulations Committee of the Energy Bar Association. Additionally, he currently serves the American Bar Association as a vice-chair for the Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance Committee, and has served as a vice-chair for the Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resource Committee and the Government and Private Sector Innovation Committee. Christian is also actively involved in the firm’s pro bono efforts by representing asylum seekers before the Department of Homeland Security and before immigration court. Christian also serves as adjunct faculty at both American University’s Washington College of Law and at The George Washington University Law School, where he co-teaches a course on oil and gas law.

Representative Experience

  • Represented demand response provider in Section 203 disposition of jurisdictional facilities
  • Represented a state regulatory agency before the FERC regarding the classification of transmission facilities
  • Coordinated and conducted independent FERC regulatory audit of demand response provider and assisted in preparation of FERC report
  • Assisted with the qualification and transfer of environmental tax credits and renewable energy credits
  • Advised a financial institution regarding generation resource NERC compliance
  • Counseled alternative energy storage device company on transmission investment and open access
  • Assisted project development team with hydropower alternative licensing process before FERC and with bidder negotiations between turbine and generator suppliers Advised rural electric cooperative with Clean Renewable Energy Bond financing for biomass and hydropower development
  • Engaged federal policymakers on administrative actions impacting hydropower interests

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