Prominent Energy Attorney, Former Utilities Leader Adds Expertise on PowerOptions Board

Pullman & Comley's Klein is First Connecticut Board Member Since Expansion

BOSTON, July 31— A prominent energy attorney with experience in both wholesale and retail energy markets formerly Assistant General Counsel and Chief Regulatory Counsel at Northeast Utilities (now Eversource) has joined the PowerOptions’ Board of Directors.

Frederic Lee Klein of Pullman & Comley, LLC, brings new depth to the board of PowerOptions, the region’s premier energy-buying consortium for nonprofits and public entities, and is the first board member from Connecticut since the nonprofit expanded there in 2015.

Klein, who chairs the Energy and Utilities Section of his firm’s Regulatory, Energy and Telecommunications practice group, will be able to use his experience in energy, water and utility matters to support the goals of PowerOptions.

“Fred Klein adds a great depth of experience to the PowerOptions board and we’re thrilled to have him join us,” said PowerOptions Board Chair Christine C. Schuster, president and CEO of Emerson Hospital. “Our board is, like the PowerOptions team, constantly looking for new ways to innovate and better deliver on our mission to support nonprofits and government institutions throughout New England.”

“In addition to Fred’s expertise in energy, he also works with many nonprofits as part of his law practice,” said PowerOptions President and CEO Cynthia A. Arcate. “He knows first-hand many of the issues and challenges our members face in procuring reliable, competitively priced energy supply.”

Klein has litigated cases involving regulation of electric utilities, natural gas distribution companies and pipelines, and water companies. Additionally, he has provided legislative support on energy and water related issues and has negotiated and drafted numerous power purchase and sale agreements, host agreements and general contract templates for buyers and sellers of electricity, natural gas and renewable energy products.

Klein has more than 30 years of experience in the energy, water and utility industries. Prior to joining Pullman & Comley, Klein was a regulator, a customer advocate and represented utilities and other industries in regulatory and transactional matters, as well as in the development of energy and water projects. Klein holds a B.S. in Power Systems Engineering from Northeastern University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

“The work of PowerOptions is so vitally important to ensuring that nonprofits can deliver on their missions and I’ll be glad to do all I can to help this innovative effort better succeed in Connecticut and beyond,” said Klein.