Peter Esposito

Energy Attorney and Consultant
Crested Butte Catalysts, LLC


Peter Esposito is an attorney by training (JD Georgetown 1979; LLM Taxation NYU 1984), consultant, facilitator, lobbyist and entrepreneur whose impact on the energy industry spans 40 years.  He is also a tech geek and wannabe economist.  In a speech to the Energy Bar Association in 2001, he predicted that the biggest game changers coming to the energy industry would be nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.

Peter started his energy career working for a one-of-a-kind agency, the Office Federal Inspector, which had all Federal oversight responsibilities for the largest energy infrastructure project ever proposed, the Alaska natural gas pipeline.  In 1984, he joined McDermott, Will & Emery in Washington D.C. and in 1986 co-founded John, Hengerer & Esposito, an energy law.  Instrumental in bringing wholesale and retail competition to gas and power markets, Peter was hired in 1997 by one of his first clients, Dynegy, to run the company’s government affairs shop.  In late 2002, Peter co-founded Crested Butte Catalysts, a law/consulting firm.

Peter has represented a wide array of interests including gas producers, pipelines and storage companies, both developers and operators of independent gas-fired and renewable generation.  He has also consulted and facilitated for the largest Independent System Operator in the U.S and was Chief Commercial Officer for the Tres Amigas project, which was designed to wheel renewable energy between the three North American electric interconnections.  He is known for successfully taking on unique challenges and finding consensus among parties with widely differing interests.

Peter has appeared before numerous esteemed audiences, including the American Bar Association, Western and National Governors Associations, Congress, FERC, NARUC, state regulatory commissions and legislatures, ISOs/RTOs, and industry trade associations.  He is a guest lecturer for the University of Tulsa Law School.