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Nicholas Critelli | General Counsel, PftP LLC


Mr. Critelli is a Principal of Critelli Law P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa ( Nick provides

independent legal due diligence services including process and procedure; multi- and mixed-agency

strategic and contingency planning; organization structural formation and governance; regulatory

compliance process and monitoring and governmental relations.  Nick is General Counsel of Power

from the Prairie LLC.


Mr. Critelli is an American lawyer practicing in New York and Iowa and a Barrister at the Bar of

England and Wales.  He received his legal education at Drake Law School in Des Moines, IA and

City University, London.  He is a past president of the Iowa State Bar Association, the American Academy of ADR Attorneys, and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Iowa State Bar Association.  He also currently serves in the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary where he is involved with incident management, strategic planning, and multi-agency response.


His specialty interests are ensuring appropriate due diligence by public agencies in evaluating large energy project investments, and their organizational structures to accomplish them. 


In the proposed PftP project and associated studies, Nick will provide expertise in business partnership models, public/private partnerships, and public agency project due diligence.  Nick previously served as General Counsel to the Iowa Stored Energy Park Agency (ISEPA), an association of two public power agencies and individual municipal utilities located in four states comprising a total of 47 municipal utilities in ownership and evaluation of the proposed 270 MW Iowa Stored Energy Park (ISEP) project ( He established, managed, and coordinated all legal and due diligence aspects of the project.  Nick is a co-author with Bob Schulte of “Lessons from Iowa”, the U.S. Department of Energy report on the lessons-learned in the ISEP project.  See Publications HERE. 

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