Ken Kaufmann’s legal practice focuses on negotiating wholesale power purchase agreements and their regulation at the state and federal level. Ken appears regularly before FERC and the public utility commissions of Oregon and Idaho in matters relating to PURPA sales contracts. Ken also assists utilities in maintaining and defending water rights.
Prior to joining the firm, Ken worked for six years for Pacific Gas and Electric Company as an engineer, hydrologist, and energy trader. Upon graduation from law school, he clerked for United States District Court Judge Robert E. Jones. He is admitted to the state bars of California, Oregon and Washington, and is also a licensed Professional Engineer in California.
- Represented PacifiCorp in several proceedings and complaints before the Idaho Public Utilities Commission regarding that state’s implementation of PURPA in 2010 and 2011.
- Represented PacifiCorp in more than 120 separate power purchase agreement negotiations since 2005.
- Represents San Jose Water Company in matters relating to its California water rights.
- Represents Pacificorp’s Hydroelectric Generation department in negotiation of agreements with federal, state, and tribal governments.
B.S., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1989
M.S.C.E., Water Resources Engineering, Stanford University, 1990
J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Certificate in Environmental Law, 1998
Selected Speaking Events
EUCI course “Utilizing PURPA in Today’s Deregulated Wholesale Market” June, 2012.