Joan Drake has assisted clients for over 15 years as a lawyer on utility regulation and environmental permitting matters.
In utility matters, Joan represents clients on matters involving state and federal regulation of electric and gas utility rates and service, facility siting, wholesale and retail sales, utility acquisition, renewable energy and Qualifying Facilities ("QF"), electric transmission and interconnection, gas pipelines, power purchase and service agreements, and energy efficiency. In addition to representing clients on individual matters before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission ("PRC") and Renewable Energy Transmission Authority ("RETA"), Joan monitors and updates her clients on regulatory and legislative developments of interest to energy, utility, and transmission companies doing business in New Mexico and throughout the West.
Joan also assists clients with regulatory compliance, litigation strategy, and defense of Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements and the NEPA process; Section 404 CWA compliance, including Nationwide Permits, Individual Permits, mitigation, and enforcement; and compliance with related environmental laws, including the Endangered Species Act and National Historic Preservation Act.
Prior to her legal career, Joan was an environmental regulatory specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Los Angeles and New England, and has many years of experience implementing federal environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA"), the Clean Water Act ("CWA") and related laws. Joan's experience at the Corps focused on large and controversial projects and enforcement matters. Joan offers clients the unique perspective of both a seasoned regulator and a knowledgeable lawyer.
Joan presents frequently on environmental law and regulatory issues. She currently serves as Chair of the Utility Service Group and Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy Service Group.
University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 2001, magna cum laude, Natural Resources Law Certificate; Order of the Coif; Honorable Pete Domenici Award for Environmental Excellence; Administrative Editor Natural Resources Journal, 1998-2001
- University of California at Los Angeles, M.A., 1980, magna cum laude
University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1976, magna cum laude
- New Mexico
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit