Chris Still | Balch & Bingham
Education
  • The University of Alabama School of Law
    J.D., 1994, magna cum laude; Alabama Law Review
  • The University of Alabama
    B.S., Accounting, 1991
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 1994
About Chris
With his vast experience and understanding of the electric power business, Chris is uniquely qualified to guide and assist his clients in negotiating and consummating energy transactions that meet their business objectives.
Q&A
  • What types of clients do you represent?

    I represent large public utilities, generator owners and developers, and end users of electricity in a variety of energy related transaction matters.    

    Power Purchase and Sale Agreements

    I represent both buyers and sellers in preparing and negotiating power purchase agreements from a variety of generation resources, including natural gas, solar, wind, and biomass facilities.   

    Generation Development

    I also work with generation owners and developers in a variety of matters to make their projects successful, including EPC contracts, interconnection agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, long term service agreements, steam contracts, fuel contracts, and the purchase and sale of renewable energy products.  

    Mergers and Acquisitions

    In the area of mergers and acquisitions, I represent utilities and independent power producers in the acquisition and divestiture of electric generation facilities, including in all aspects of due diligence and the negotiation of purchase and sale agreements.

     
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Select Matters

  • Electric Generation Facility Construction and Development: Lead counsel to utilities and generation owners in construction and equipment procurement contracts for new generation facilities, including turn key EPC contracts, equipment procurement and balance of plant construction.  Representative experience includes:
  • Contracts for the construction of new generation facilities:
    • Solar generation facilities of 500 MW in ERCOT.
    • The first energy storage and battery project in the state of Texas, energy storage projects of over 150 MW in California, and a 140 MW energy storage project in the state of Texas.
    • Wind generation facilities of over 500 MW in the Western United States.
    • A 610 MW natural gas-fired generation project located in Brooklyn, New York.
    • A new 800 MW combined cycle generation facility located in the Southeast United States.
    • Construction agreement with Bechtel Power Corporation for the completion of the Vogtle units 3 and 4 nuclear power generation units in Georgia.
  • Major equipment procurement contracts for generation facilities:
    • Solar panel supply agreements for over 1,000 MW of projects in the Southeast United States and the state of Texas.
    • Energy storage and battery components for over 500 MW of new projects in California, New York and Texas.
    • Wind turbine supply agreements for over 500 MW of projects in the Western United States.
    • Natural gas turbine and other major equipment purchase contracts for combined cycle and combustion turbine facilities.
  • Solar Energy Transactions: 
    • Representation of generation owners and utilities in preparing power purchase agreements from large solar generation facilities across the United States, including commercial and industrial (C&I) contracts.
    • Operation and maintenance agreements.
    • The sale of renewable energy credits and environmental attributes.
  • Energy Storage and Battery Transactions:
    • Representation of generation owners and utilities in preparing agreements for the sale of capacity and energy from large energy storage and battery facilities in Texas and the Southeastern United States, including from solar plus energy storage facilities.
    • Lead counsel to a major Southeastern utility for the development and implementation of capacity and energy purchase contracts from energy storage facilities.
    • Long term service agreements for battery component service and maintenance.
  • Wind Facility Transactions:
    • Representation of generation owners and utilities in preparing agreements for the sale of capacity and energy from large energy storage and battery facilities in Texas and the Southeastern United States, including from solar plus energy storage facilities.
    • Lead counsel to a major Southeastern utility for the development and implementation of capacity and energy purchase contracts from energy storage facilities.
    • Long term service agreements for battery component service and maintenance.
  • Natural Gas-Fired Power Purchase and Tolling Agreements: Representation of utilities, generation owners, cooperatives and municipalities in preparing and negotiating power purchase and tolling agreements for capacity and energy from natural gas fired generation facilities across the United States.
  • Energy Project Acquisitions and Divestitures: Lead counsel to independent power producers, investment funds and utilities in due diligence activities for, and the acquisition and divestiture of, electric generation projects, including wind, solar and fossil facilities.  Representative matters include the following:
    • Lead counsel to a large generation owner in the divestiture of 6 coal plants located in the states of Texas and Illinois for environmental remediation and decommissioning.
    • Acquisition of 610 MW natural gas facility in the Southeastern United States.
    • Acquisition of an 850 MW combined cycle facility in the Southeastern United States.
    • Sale of an 80 MW solar generation project in the Eastern United States.
    • Acquisition of a 200 MW plus solar generation project located in the Southeast, the output of which will be used to serve a new technology data center.
    • Acquisition of a 200 MW wind generation project in North Dakota by a national independent power producer.
    • Acquisition of a 200 MW wind generation project in South Dakota by a national independent power producer.
    • Acquisition of a 180 MW solar generation project in Upton County, Texas.
    • Acquisition of a 102.5 MW biomass generation facility in Nacogdoches, Texas.
    • Acquisition of a 600 MW natural gas-fired generating facility in Thomaston, Georgia.
    • Sale of a 320 MW natural gas-fired generating facility in Arcadia, Florida.
    • Negotiation and execution of an agreement to purchase a 300 MW gas-fired facility in Hartwell County, Georgia.
  • O&M and Asset Management Agreements: Counsel to utilities and generation owners in preparing and negotiating operation and maintenance agreements and asset management agreements for power plants across the United States. 
  • Generator Interconnection Agreements: Counsel to both generators and transmission providers in the negotiation of generator interconnection agreements, including in FERC and appellate proceedings involving the allocation of costs of transmission facilities and upgrades.
  • Retail Electric Service Matters: Counsel to retail electric service providers and industrial purchasers in jurisdictions with retail electric choice, including ERCOT and PJM markets. 
  • Long Term Service Agreements (LTSAs): Lead counsel to utilities and generation owners in preparing and negotiating long term service agreements for solar, wind, energy storage and fossil generation facilities, including with Mitsubishi, Sungrow, Siemens and General Electric.
  • PURPA and Cogeneration Matters: Representation of both utilities and generation developers in PURPA and cogeneration matters, including development of steam host contracts, avoided cost power purchase contracts, and counsel on regulatory matters under PURPA.

 

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    Credentials

    Education
    • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1994, magna cum laude; Alabama Law Review
    • The University of Alabama, B.S., Accounting, 1991
    Bar Admissions
    • Alabama, 1994
    Awards & Accolades
    • Chambers USA, Corporate/Commercial 
    • The Best Lawyers in America, 2009-present
    • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent