Bob O’Neil advises municipalities and rural electric cooperatives on long-term power supply planning, including on generation project and resource development, power supply contracting, transmission access, and wholesale electric markets. He has navigated clients through regulatory and business considerations involved with meeting the challenges of complying with renewable energy requirements, developing and owning generation resources, participating in organized energy markets, and resolving disputes through negotiation, arbitration and litigation, including appearing before state and federal regulatory agencies and district and appellate courts.
He has helped shape electric energy policies on transmission access and deregulation. He advised a task force that developed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA’s) transmission access policy, and he was a member of the Keystone Center Transmission Project. He has testified before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on energy policy matters.
Prior to entering private practice, Bob served with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army as Chief, International Law Division, U.S. Army Japan. He then represented the consumer interest of the Army and other federal agencies in utility rate proceedings with the Regulatory Law Division of the Judge Advocate General.
Bob was a founding principal of the boutique energy law firm Miller, Balis & O’Neil, PC (MBO). The attorneys and staff of MBO joined with McCarter & English in 2014.