Areas of Practice
Natural Gas Pipeline Regulation
District of Columbia
J.D., National Law Center at The George Washington University
M.A., The George Washington University
B.A., Oklahoma State University, 1977
American Bar Association
David E. Crawford is "Of Counsel" to Betts & Holt LLP. Throughout his career, Mr. Crawford’s activities on behalf of his clients have taken him to the forefront of regulatory change and technological innovation. As a result, Mr. Crawford understands the importance of bringing together attentive listening, careful analysis, and creative thinking to develop practical, business-oriented legal strategies to achieve a client’s objectives.
Mr. Crawford began his practice representing the largest natural gas utility in Oklahoma as it sought to mitigate the impact of rapidly rising gas prices and potential supply contract liabilities on its customers. Mr. Crawford also served as a member of the legal team that tried utility rate cases and secured regulatory approval for an innovative industrial rate program.
Mr. Crawford advised the University of Minnesota on gas supply options and negotiated gas supply and transportation agreements that enabled the University to combine the price advantage of a firm supply contract with the flexibility of varying its consumption levels. Mr. Crawford represented the University during the implementation phase of a comprehensive steam plant infrastructure privatization program. He subsequently organized and spoke at nationwide seminars on energy infrastructure planning for colleges and universities.
Mr. Crawford represented an early developer of wind-driven energy projects in state regulatory proceedings. He later served on a governmental relations team on behalf of a major biomass energy project developer that successfully obtained a statutory change necessary for the viability of a project.
Mr. Crawford represented the City of Manchester, New Hampshire in the development and implementation of its pilot aggregation program, which, in its first two years, resulted in a 23% reduction in costs for participants. Mr. Crawford later negotiated an inter-municipal aggregation agreement to create the largest consumers group in New Hampshire. Mr. Crawford also represented the City in a variety of retail electric restructuring proceedings before the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission.
Mr. Crawford served on the negotiating team for the University of Maryland, College Park Energy and Utility Infrastructure Program, which created a public/private partnership with a leading district energy company that resulted in privatization of the operation of the University’s energy systems. He advised the University in the Program’s implementation phase, investigating and evaluating construction claims, negotiating the interconnection agreement with the local electric utility, and supporting settlement discussions. He represented the University in a proceeding before the Maryland Public Service Commission that successfully challenged the local electric utility’s interpretation of its tariff for standby service and thereby saved the University over $200,000 annually.