Devin D. Parram
Devin Parram provides counsel to corporations, associations, utilities and municipalities on a wide range of energy and environmental issues. His practice focuses on litigating and processing cases before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Devin advises clients on various utility matters, ranging from routine regulatory filings to complex rate cases. He has also represented competitive energy suppliers on matters before the PUCO, including advising suppliers regarding the PUCO’s consumer protection rules. Devin has negotiated favorable settlements on the behalf of competitive suppliers, which has resulted in the avoidance of substantial penalties for these suppliers and also improved these suppliers internal practices. Likewise, his experience includes providing effective legal advice regarding purchase power agreements and leasing arrangements, energy procurement agreements, utility management agreements, renewable energy resources, and energy efficiency and distributed generation options. Devin regularly represents the Ohio Hospital Association in electric cases before the PUCO and advises hospitals regarding ratemaking proceedings, energy efficiency, energy procurement, distributed energy resource opportunities, and all PUCO regulatory matters that potentially impact the unique needs of healthcare providers.
Devin previously served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Public Utilities Section. In this role, he argued numerous cases in the Ohio Supreme Court regarding PUCO appeals. In addition, while serving as an Assistant AG, Devin represented PUCO staff in cases before the PUCO and OPSB. This representation involved electric, natural gas, water, pipeline safety and transportation cases as well as the siting of transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, electric substations, wind turbines and natural gas-fired power plants.
Professional & Community Activities
- Chair, Bricker & Eckler Walker Link Leadership group
- Bricker & Eckler Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- President, Capital Law African American Law Alumni Association
- Board Member, Ohio Energy Project
- Member, Public Utilities Committee, Ohio State Bar Association (former Chair)
- Member, American Association of Blacks in Energy
- Member, Ohio Gas Association, 2017-present
Presentations & Published Works
- Moderator, "Public Utilities CLE: A Net-Metering Panel Discussion," Ohio State Bar Association Live CLE, May 2018
- Presenter, "Buildings & Energy: Legal Complexities and Financing," Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO), Buildings and Energy Symposium, March 2018
- Speaker, "Review of Ohio's Recent Legislative Changes to Energy Efficiency Standards," Ohio State Bar Association Live CLE, March 2017
Bar Admissions & Activities
- Admitted, State of Ohio, 2007
- Capital University Law School (J.D., Order of Curia), 2007
Ohio Supreme Court decision addresses certificate amendments and setback waivers for wind projectsMore
Energy generation facility counsel
Represent Apex Power Group before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) for the proposed Guernsey Power Station, a 1650-megawatt, natural gas-fired energy generation facility. In 2017, the project received approval to construct and operate the facility. Our team continues to provide substantial regulatory, legislative, tax, permitting and real estate counsel. In addition, we resolved issues involving interconnection with the local transmission company and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Wind energy certification and project modification
Represent Hog Creek Wind Farm before the Ohio Power Siting Board. The project successfully received a certificate to construct and operate a wind farm of up to 66 megawatts. We recently assisted in amending the OPSB certificate to incorporate new turbine technology and advised the project in due diligence to support its sale to a major U.S. energy company.
OPSB certificate for Ohio wind project
Represented 6011 Greenwich Windpark before the Ohio Power Siting Board. In August 2014, the OPSB granted the project a certificate to construct and operate a 60-megawatt wind project in Huron County, Ohio. The firm continued to represent the project against a landowner opposition group, culminating in a successful dismissal of the challenge at the Ohio Supreme Court.
Negotiation of a $1 billion electricity supply contract
The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) is the largest public retail energy aggregation in Ohio, serving about 900,000 electric and gas customers across 14 counties. NOPEC’s electric supplier abruptly notified NOPEC that it was terminating its contract, thus leaving NOPEC’s nearly half-million electric customers to return to utility service at higher rates. Bricker attorneys sprang into action to prevent NOPEC's customers from paying these increased rates. The team negotiated a new complex electricity supply contract with NOPEC's replacement supplier (worth approximately $1 billion); and, within 10 days, our client had signed a new three-year contract. With our assistance, NOPEC obtained two waivers from the PUCO to meet the expedited enrollment timeline. Meanwhile, within two weeks, our litigation team settled a TRO and injunction case involving the original supplier, which resulted in a multi-million-dollar settlement payment to NOPEC. In addition, our energy litigation team dissolved an ex parte TRO issued against NOPEC to a competitor regarding the NOPEC customer enrollment process. We also obtained a complete dismissal of the competitor’s lawsuit on the basis that the PUCO had exclusive jurisdiction over the matter.