Areas of Practice
- Nevada, 1986
- California, 1987
- J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 1986
- B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1982
Ms. Drakulich has served as assistant general counsel for Nevada’s largest electric providers and as private counsel for Nevada’s largest energy users, representing them in rate cases and integrated resource plan applications, environmental permitting, purchase power agreement and line extension proceedings, renewable energy initiatives and other regulatory matters. She has also served as a legislative lobbyist for her clients addressing electric, gas and water issues during numerous sessions of the Nevada Legislature.
Ms. Drakulich has represented local, national and international energy and public utility firms in a wide array of regulatory matters, procurement matters, supply and purchase contract negotiations, as well as permitting and construction of renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and biogas) and fossil fuel facilities. In recent years she has also focused on energy efficiency and energy independence for large electric and gas users. Her practice also entails securing environmental and construction permits for clients from local, state and federal governmental agencies.
Ms. Drakulich has been involved in the development, purchase and sale of renewable energy resources since 1993. She was in-house legal counsel to Nevada’s two largest utility companies during the infancy of the renewable energy industry and has parlayed that experience into representing state, national and international renewable energy developers on all aspects of project development including permitting, regulatory approval and negotiation of the purchase power agreements.
Ms. Drakulich has participated in general rate proceedings, integrated resource plans, deferred energy filings for gas and electric companies, the development of regulations for a wide array of utility matters and numerous other varied proceedings before the state’s regulators on behalf of Nevada’s largest utility companies and on behalf of the state’s largest users of gas and electricity.
Since 1997, Ms. Drakulich has participated at some level in each Nevada legislative session, either as a registered lobbyist or as a consultant on a broad range of utility matters including deregulation, the development of Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard, decoupling and regulatory mergers and acquisitions.
Ms. Drakulich has successfully negotiated numerous renewable energy purchase power contracts for clients for biomass, biogas, hydroelectric, geothermal and solar resources with the state’s largest electric utilities that were subsequently approved by the Public Utilities Commission.
In addition, Ms. Drakulich has participated in the financing of several energy and renewable energy projects in the past three years, on both the lender and the developer side of the transaction, to secure both private and public financing. The projects, for which financing was obtained, include a 280 mile-500 kV overhead transmission line, a 150 megawatt wind facility, a 100 megawatt concentrating solar power project, and a 20 megawatt biogas project.
Ms. Drakulich represented Nevada’s largest gaming customers before the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada in protest of nearly $100 million in general rate increases filed by Nevada’s largest regulated public utility. Some or all of the disallowances sought by Ms. Drakulich were approved.
Ms. Drakulich successfully obtained a stipulation for her client between all parties before the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada recommending the issuance of an order approving the construction permit pursuant to the Utilities Environmental Protection Act for a 240- mile 500-kV overhead transmission line. The Commission issued an order adopting the stipulation.
Ms. Drakulich spearheaded a revamp of the allocation of lost and unaccounted for gas on the Southwest Gas’s Southern Nevada transportation and distribution system on behalf of her client, the owners of a natural gas-fired power plant. The primary allocation is now based upon transmission and distribution miles of the pipeline, rather than on the volume transported.
Awards and Recognition
Las Vegas Business Press, “2011 Women Who Mean Business”
In Business Las Vegas, “2011 Women to Watch”
The Best Lawyers in America© (Energy)
Nevada Business Magazine, “Legal Elite”
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Chambers USA 2017 – Environment
- Member, Supreme Court Bench Bar Committee
- Speaker and moderator, Harry Reid Annual Energy Summit
- Moderator, NAIOP Renewable Energy Conference
- Speaker, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Annual Energy Technical Symposium
- Speaker, The Advocacy Group Annual International Convention
- Speaker, International Power Gen Convention
- Appointee, Governor Brian Sandoval’s Economic Development Board for the State of Nevada
- Appointee, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Renewable Energy
- Appointee, State of Nevada Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Task Force, Transmission Subcommittee
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