Chuck Sensiba provides strategic counsel and legal representation to public utility districts, and governmental entities, investor-owned utilities, water districts, and independent power producers; and covers the full spectrum of complex licensing, natural resources, and environmental issues related to water and power development. He has broad experience in matters under the Federal Power Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act and Coastal Zone Management Act.
Recognizing that complex energy and natural resources issues are often resolved most efficiently and effectively through a multi-faceted legal and policy strategy, Chuck has successfully assisted many clients in achieving their business objectives through engagement with Congress and Executive Department agencies and bureaus. As a recognized thought leader on water and power policy, Chuck brings trusted subject-matter expertise and experience in policy advocacy.
- Advising a regional power agency in Alaska on federal lands policy and achieving targeted legislation aimed at reliving regulatory burdens through the conveyance of lands within Tongass National Forest to the State of Alaska.
- Assisting an electric cooperative in Alaska in obtaining both legislation and approval by the U.S. Department of the Interior for proposed energy infrastructure within a National Wildlife Refuge.
- Representing a Midwest municipality before Congress and the U.S. Department of the Interior on strategies for minimizing federal permitting burdens for a small hydropower project through proposed legislation.
- Assisting power developers in seeking extensions of Congressionally imposed deadlines for construction of licensed hydropower projects.
- Advising and representing river districts in the South before Congress and U.S. Forest Service in achieving major relief from federal land fees and agency conditioning authority at one of the largest water storage facilities in the U.S.
- Advising a Midwest state governmental utility on federal land, flood control, and Native American policies before Congress and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.