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Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law in Austin
  • B.S., Cornell University, with honors and distinction

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey

Memberships & Affiliations

Montgomery Township Republican Club

New Jersey State Bar Association, Public Utility Law Section

Somerset County Republican Committee

Somerset County Bar Association

Tricia Caliguire

Special Counsel
  • T: 973.639.2021
    F: 973.297.3700
    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Tricia Caliguire’s practice focuses on long-term power supply and transmission planning and development, representing clients in the energy, utility and environmental sectors before government officials and regulatory agencies.  She advises clients in the acquisition, development and government financing of combined cycle and renewable energy power facilities; development and financing of distribution and transmission facilities; and redevelopment of brownfield sites, including on issues related to fuel and electric interconnection, regulatory approvals needed for project development, and alternate methods of renewable energy financing consistent with state regulations. Tricia has drafted and negotiated purchase agreements for solar developers and retail energy suppliers.

Prior to joining the firm, she served as Chief Counsel to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities where she managed a team of attorneys and support staff, advised the Board president and commissioners, and served as the primary staff liaison to the Governor’s Office on policy, regulatory and legislative matters. Tricia coordinated representation of the Board by the Office of the Attorney General; provided legal support to all divisions and offices; led the inter-office Energy Team, dedicated to analysis and implementation of policies related to PJM, FERC, renewables, and long-term generation and transmission planning; and coordinated case management with the Board executive director.

Tricia joined the Administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in March, 2010. As the Policy Advisor for Energy, Environment and Agriculture, she was responsible for developing and managing policy and related initiatives, including the 2011 Energy Master Plan; the State Buildings Energy Savings Initiative; the Long-term Capacity Agreement Pilot Program; offshore wind legislation and regulations; solar legislation; the NJ Green Buildings Manual; the State Healthy Foods Initiative; and long-term transmission planning efforts with PJM.

While in the Governor’s Office, Tricia worked  closely with Governor’s Counsel, the Governor’s Authorities Unit and other State agencies and authorities, including the Office of the Lieutenant Governor; the Departments of Environmental Protection, Labor and Workforce Development, and Agriculture; the Board of Public Utilities; the Economic Development Authority; and the Division of the Ratepayer Advocate. She represented the Governor’s Office on the New Jersey Offshore Wind Energy Taskforce; the Mid-Atlantic Energy Advisors’ Coordinating Group; the Organization of PJM States; and the State Energy Sector Partnership; and served on the grant application review panel for the State Employment Task Force Committee. 

Tricia began her career with Vinson & Elkins in Houston, where she specialized in administrative law. When she moved to New Jersey, she joined the Newark law firm of McCarter & English as a member of the environmental law practice group, specializing in state regulatory work for industrial clients.

A native of Lewiston, New York, Tricia graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. with honors and distinction in Communication Arts, and from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin with a J.D. Tricia, her husband, Mark, and three children have lived in Montgomery, NJ since 1997.

Speaking

05/14/15
Updates on NJ Clean Energy Legislation and Policies
NJ State Bar Assn. Annual Meeting, Atlantic City
12/18/14
Updates from the Board of Public Utilities
NJ State Bar Assn. Renewable Energy Conference, Rutgers University
06/17/14
Land Use and Regulatory Issues Associated with Energy Law – Legislative Update
Mercer County (NJ) Bar Association, Real Estate Section
04/17/14
Updates in Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Climate Change
NJ Bar Association, Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Climate Change Committee
November 2013
Legislative and Regulatory Updates Post Sandy
NJ League of Municipalities Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ
04/23/13
Taking a Closer Look at Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) – Assessing Value and Exemptions
8th Annual Northeast Energy Markets Conference, NYC
02/07/13
Energy Markets: The Road Ahead for 2013
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP Series on Developments and Changes in Energy Markets, NYC
June 2012
Implementing the 20011 Energy Master Plan
NJ Large Energy Users Coalition Meeting, East Hanover, NJ

Publications

03/13/17
02/10/17
11/02/16
10/25/16
10/20/16
08/29/16
06/28/16
04/25/16
02/16/16
10/21/15
08/17/15
08/10/15
01/28/15
12/09/14
11/5/2014
M&E Environment & Energy Alert