Curt R. Ledford
Areas of Practice
- Nevada, 2004
- J.D., The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2004
- B.A., The University of Arizona, Eller College of Business, 2001
Curt Ledford’s practice is focused on utility, administrative, corporate, cooperative, and regulatory law, as well as general matters affecting energy developments, generation facilities, renewable energy, and Nevada’s utilities. Prior to joining McDonald Carano as a Partner in the Energy & Natural Resources Group, Curt served as General Counsel for Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA), a Nevada non-profit cooperative utility that provides electric service to members in six counties throughout rural Nevada and California.
During the past decade, Curt has emerged as one of Nevada’s most dedicated energy and utility attorneys. He played a critical role in helping his cooperative fulfill what will likely be remembered as one of the most significant accomplishments in its history. VEA officially became the first out-of-state utility to join the California ISO as a participating transmission owner in 2013, supporting the utility’s mission of serving as a catalyst for renewable energy development in Nevada. Curt guided his legal team to make this arrangement a reality, leading the effort to negotiate and finalize dozens of associated contracts, agreements, and tariffs. Most impressively, he ensured that necessary legal aspects of his company’s transition into the CAISO were correct, compliant, and completed on time. The youngest general counsel in VEA’s history, Curt assisted the cooperative’s leadership team to transform into an innovative power player in Nevada’s utility industry.
Since joining McDonald Carano, Curt has assisted numerous clients in an assortment of various regulatory matters. Curt’s legal work, together with that of other members of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources team, resulted in a significant rate reduction for numerous large energy users in a recent electric rate case. Curt was also integral in the 2016 “grandfathering” docket that resulted in many of Nevada’s net metering customers receiving more economic electric service. Also, Curt recently worked to achieve positive benefits for a generation client in a natural gas rate case, and other related regulatory cases. Most recently, Curt has guided a geothermal operation through a regulatory process, which at one point became the top story on the evening news, to a resolution that was very favorable for the client. From a federal regulatory perspective, Curt has extensive experience in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards and the requirements of the Western Electric Coordinating Counsel (WECC).
Curt also assists the firm’s clients with state and federal permitting and environmental approvals, and Curt has represented both buyers and sellers alike in transactions involving renewable energy facilities. As a former utility employee, Curt is also intimately familiar with the various rules, regulations, and contractual requirements of local utilities, and provides guidance to developer clients when navigating through the labyrinth of utility line extension and interconnection rules and requirements.
Curt is active in various professional organizations. One of Curt’s favorite positions is his role as a Market Leadership Advisory Board Member for the US Green Building Counsel. He was also a founding member of the Energy, Utilities and Communication Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada.
A steadfast supporter of community and charitable efforts, Curt assisted VEA to form a charitable foundation, and is a longtime volunteer in many community-oriented donation drives and projects. Of particular note, Curt was recently involved in an effort to raise meaningful funds for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission during the Thanksgiving holiday. On his way to the office, you will likely see Curt passing by the Las Vegas Strip in his electric car.
Curt received a J.D. from the University of Arizona in 2004, and a B.A. in Finance from the University of Arizona in 2001. He is admitted to practice law in Nevada.
Awards and Recognition
Nevada Business Magazine, “Legal Elite” 2017
Market Advisory Board Member for the U.S. Green Building Council
The Water Report, February 15, 2018 In the desert southwest, where we practice energy and environmental law, fights involving water are usually about not having enough of it. After all,…
The Clean Energy Project (CEP) announced today that Curt Ledford, a leading Nevada energy attorney, has joined the Board of Directors and assumed the role of Board Chair. Ledford is…
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