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SDM Welcomes Eleanor D’Ambrosio to Energy Practice

Eleanor joins the firm after a multi-year stint as a lawyer at the Texas Public Utility Commission, most recently as Deputy Director of the Legal Division.

Eleanor has devoted much of  her career to public policy, first in the Texas Legislature and later in state agencies.  Her experience in various roles gives her a unique perspective on the interests and challenges of Texas’s utility regulatory environment.

When it comes to policy issues, Eleanor is no stranger to the Texas political landscape. Prior to law school, she served in a variety of roles for Texas State Representatives, from Campaign Manager to Legislative Director to Chief of Staff. She understands the needs of constituents, advocacy groups, and business interests and how to translate and synthesize those needs into legislation.

Eleanor’s interest in utility law was the natural outgrowth of her interest in administrative law.  While in law school, she interned in both the Administrative Law and Environmental Protection Divisions of the Attorney General’s Office.  During her tenure at the Public Utility Commission, Eleanor was integral to several rulemakings to implement new or revise existing rules applicable to water utilities and represented Commission Staff in contested cases, including: base rate proceedings for both electric and water utilities, wholesale water rate appeals, change in control proceedings, interim rate proceedings such as transmission cost recovery factor and generation cost recovery rider cases, certificate of convenience and necessity amendments for generation owned by vertically-integrated utilities, and sale, transfer, merger proceedings.  Eleanor also served as managing attorney on the Commission dockets authorizing the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to securitize up to $2.9 billion to protect the financial integrity of Texas’s electricity market.

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