John D. Albers
John focuses his practice on energy and utility matters. In private practice he has represented local and national businesses and organizations in a variety of proceedings, many of which are before the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). The types of ICC cases and issues with which John has experience include complaints, rate cases, rulemakings, rate design, interconnection, pipeline and electric transmission certificate dockets, electric vehicles, distributed generation, eligible telecommunications carriers, and various others. John’s regulatory work also includes educating legislators and testifying in legislative committee hearing as well as media interviews. In addition to his regulatory and public utility practice at the ICC, John assists with lease and easement negotiations for utility projects and solar farms. His practice in this area is benefitted by his experience as a land developer on behalf a regional community solar farm developer, which involved obtaining the necessary permits in various jurisdictions.
Prior to entering private practice, John served as an Administrative Law Judge at the ICC for more than 17 years. The ICC, which administers the Illinois Public Utilities Act (PUA), has jurisdiction over, among other things, public utility rates, services, facilities, and practices. As an ALJ, John presided over administrative hearings, which included setting case schedules, conducting evidentiary hearings, reviewing filed testimony, exhibits, motions and briefs, making various rulings and resolving disputes among parties, and drafting proposed final orders for Commissioners’ consideration. John resolved contested issues among adversarial parties in a variety of procedurally, legally, and technically complex cases involving utilities and other entities in the electric, natural gas, water, sewer, and telecommunications industries.
Before his time at the ICC, John was with a private law firm in Springfield, IL.
John earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, at Illinois State University, and graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1997.