Chimera Bowen focuses her practice on matters related to federal regulation of electricity and Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) operations. She also has significant experience in criminal and civil enforcement matters.
Chimera counsels clients on electric generator interconnection issues and compliance with the tariff requirements of various RTOs, including PJM Interconnection, NYISO, CAISO and the Southwest Power Pool. She also advises wind project developers and financial institutions in transactions involving the development, financing, sale and purchase of energy projects. She has prepared a variety of regulatory filings, including applications for market-based rates, revisions to open access transmission tariffs (OATTs), and comments in FERC rulemaking proceedings.
Chimera’s experience in enforcement matters includes defending clients in FERC investigations, and assisting clients in evaluating potential FERC rules violations and, where appropriate, formulating remediation and/or self-reporting to FERC. She has also represented a major pharmaceutical company in a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice, US Attorney’s Offices, and other federal regulators.
Chimera also represents clients in complex litigation before FERC and state utility commissions, and advises clients in ratemaking and settlement proceedings. Additionally, she has represented clients in complex litigation matters in the wage and hour and employment discrimination areas, and has counseled clients in matters arising from Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and federal and state wage and hour laws. She has significant experience drafting pleadings, written discovery and motions, including complaints, answers, interrogatories, document requests, declarations and briefs, and has managed large document reviews and productions.
Chimera earned her JD from Fordham University School of Law, where she served as an Editor of the Fordham Urban Law Journal and the Business Manager of the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Team. Prior to joining Kaye Scholer, Chimera was an Associate at Winston & Strawn LLP.
In 2013, Chimera was recognized in the Lawyers of Color’s inaugural Hot List for the Mid-Atlantic region, which features 100 early- to-mid-career minority lawyers under 40 who excel in the legal profession.
- Successfully defended an electric utility in a multi-million dollar proceeding at FERC arising from a complaint filed by the State of California alleging that sellers in California-organized markets violated FERC’s market-based rate quarterly reporting requirements. FERC dismissed the State of California’s $180 million complaint in its entirety.
- Counseled a developer of various wind projects in evaluating potential FERC rules violations and formulated a remediation plan for self-reporting to FERC.
- Counseled the developer of a 30 MW wind project on applicable federal regulations and obtained regulatory authorizations required for the project to begin commercial operations.
- Represented companies seeking to interconnect new generation into the electric transmission grid, and counseled clients on matters related to compliance with FERC’s regulations and RTO tariffs.
- Drafted comments addressing the impact of the CAISO’s proposed modifications of certain interconnection requirements on wind power projects.
- Assisted tax equity investors in obtaining regulatory approvals for transactions involving acquisitions of interests in wind energy project portfolios.
- Represented an electric utility in a FERC investigation arising from a complaint alleging that the utility violated the Federal Power Act, FERC’s regulations and the utility’s OATT by using secondary network integrated transmission service (NITS) to facilitate off-system sales. Reduced the company’s civil penalty exposure by 80 percent.
- Drafted comments addressing how the CAISO’s proposed amendments to its Revised Transmission Planning Process (RTPP) would impact developers of wind energy projects.
- Assisted owners of a geothermal power plant in obtaining priority transmission rights for planned transmission capacity on the owners’ generation-tie line, and in developing a non-conforming tariff to govern transmission service on the generation-tie line.
- Represented a major electric utility in a state regulatory proceeding involving the prudence of costs incurred in building a first-of-a-kind-at-its-size baseload power plant.
- Advised various renewable generators in obtaining FERC approvals, including Section 203 approvals, market-based rate authorizations, and qualifying facility status determinations.
- Secured a favorable settlement on behalf of plaintiff against a major nationwide retailer in a wage and hour and discrimination lawsuit.