The Albany, New York law firm of Read and Laniado LLP, was founded in 1983. R&L represents clients before Federal, State and local agencies and boards on energy, competitive markets, ratemaking, environmental, siting and related regulatory matters. The Firm is involved with the development of conventional electric generating facilities and the siting of gas and electric lines. R&L is fully versed on the reenacted comprehensive generation siting law in New York State, Article X, having been fully involved in the negotiations to amend the law in May and June 2011 and having counseled applicants on five Article X applications. As part of its generation licensing work under the State Environmental Quality Review Act as well as Article X of the Public Service Law, R&L works with clients in the preparation and advocacy of Best Technology Available demonstrations for cooling water intake structures under the New York Environmental Conservation Law and the Federal Clean Water Act, Section 316(b).

The Firm is actively involved in matters before the New York Independent System Operator ("NYISO"), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC"), the New York State Public Service Commission, the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Department of Transportation, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and state and federal courts.

We represent a variety of energy market participants, including wholesale electric generators in connection with the development and implementation of wholesale electric markets, NYISO rules and tariffs, interconnection procedures, contracts, rates, electric utility industry restructuring, financing, power purchase and asset purchase and sales transactions. R&L also represents energy service companies on all aspects of retail electric service and has worked with and advised both lender's and borrower's counsel, as well as industrial development authority counsel, in financial transactions.

The Firm has extensive experience in New York State's municipal laws and practices relating to the provision of electricity and natural gas. R&L regularly advises independent power producers and municpal electric systems on a broad range of regulatory issues. R&L represents both small and large water companies, municipal electric departments and gas corporations on issues such as ratemaking, mergers and other regulatory matters.

R&L's experience in the regulatory field has also afforded it particluar knowledge of New York's Eminent Domain Procedure Law and the manner in which it is implemented.

The attorneys in our firm have over 100 years combined regulatory experience.