2012 Climate & Energy Law Symposium Online Bio
Thomas R. Brill
Director, Strategic Analysis
San Diego Gas & Electric
Thomas R. Brill is the director of strategic planning and new products and services at San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) Company. In this role, Brill leads strategic analysis and strategic plan development work at a time of significant industry changes in both the electricity and natural gas markets. He also heads SDG&E’s new products and services department.
Prior to assuming his current position, Brill was the director of strategic analysis, planning and pricing at SDG&E. Previously, he served as director of corporate regulatory policy, assistant general counsel of regulatory policy, and as director of regulatory and legislative policy at sempra energy. In all of these positions, Brill was responsible for regulatory policy development for all of the Sempra Energy Companies.
Previously, Brill was director of regulatory policy and Analysis for Sempra Energy, where his responsibilities also included policy development and he supervised the regulatory analysts that support regulatory filings on behalf of the Sempra Energy Companies.
Before assuming the policy and strategic management responsibilities discussed above, Brill served as director of regulatory law at Pacific Enterprises, the former parent of Southern California Gas Company (“SoCalGas”), the largest natural gas distribution company in the United States. In this position, Brill supervised all regulatory attorneys working on behalf of any of the Pacific Enterprises companies in regulatory matters before both the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) and the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”). While serving in this capacity, Brill also acted as lead counsel for Pacific Enterprises in regulatory proceedings before the CPUC, FERC, and the California Attorney General seeking approval of the merger between Pacific Enterprises and Enova Corporation (the parent company to San Diego Gas & Electric and several other companies).
Brill also served as federal regulatory affairs manager at the American Gas Association, a trade association that was then composed of about 300 natural gas distribution, transmission, gathering and marketing companies in North America (accounting for more than 90 percent of the natural gas delivered in the United States), on a two-year executive loan from the Southern California Gas Company. At the American Gas Association, Brill, a key member of A.G.A.’s FERC team, was actively involved in the development of A.G.A.’s federal regulatory policies, drafted and filed comments with FERC on behalf of A.G.A., and acted as an A.G.A. spokesman in communications with FERC and other regulatory agencies.
Prior to his arrival at A.G.A., Brill was an attorney at Pacific Enterprises and SoCalGas with responsibilities in numerous regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission, including both phases of California’s “Capacity Brokering” proceeding, its “Core Aggregation” proceeding, SoCalGas’ 1990 Biennial Cost Allocation proceeding, numerous proceedings regarding California’s natural gas discount contract policies, and SoCalGas’ Test Year 1994 General Rate Case.
Brill received his Juris Doctorate degree at Southwestern University in 1985 and is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the State of California, the United States Court for the Central District of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Court of International Trade.