Luigi Cusano’s practice focuses on administrative, regulatory and environmental law and commercial litigation in the energy sector.
In the power sector, Lou has been involved in the restructuring of Alberta’s electricity sector and has experience in all aspects of both the regulated and the unregulated electricity sectors, including utility rates; cost of capital; market rules; reliability standards; energy price-setting plans; transmission, distribution and generation facilities (both renewable and non-renewable); cogeneration facilities; industrial systems; merchant transmission and generation; market surveillance investigations; and disputes regarding Alberta’s legislated Power Purchase Arrangements.
In the oil and gas sector, Lou’s regulatory experience includes pipelines (greenfield, conversion and toll-related issues), heavy oil/oilsands development, well licensing, off-target penalties, pooling, common processors and carriers, processing facilities, public consultation, facility proliferation, environmental matters, facility emissions, land reclamation, emergency response and surface rights.
Lou’s litigation experience includes many types of contractual disputes involving oil and gas industry issues, operating and royalty agreement disputes and other general matters. In addition, he has litigated electrical energy and facility–related issues. He has appeared before numerous regulatory tribunals, including the Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, British Columbia Utilities Commission, Alberta Environmental Appeal Board, Alberta Surface Rights Board, National Energy Board and the Alberta Securities Commission. Lou also has experience litigating securities-related matters. He has appeared in all levels of Alberta courts and has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration.