Aakash Chandarana is the Regional Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs–Minnesota. In this role, he is responsible for Xcel Energy’s regulatory strategy and policy for Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This includes being responsible for all regulatory and rate related filings with the utility commissions in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, including rate cases, integrated resource plans, wind and solar acquisitions, and new regulated products for customers.
Chandarana joined Xcel Energy in 2013 as a Lead Assistant General Counsel. As the Lead AGC, Chandarana was responsible for Xcel Energy’s state public utility law and power purchase agreement issues for operations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. He represented Xcel Energy in regulatory proceedings before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and handled most issues related to rate cases, renewable energy and long term power purchase projects, and supported retail product and programs, including conservation improvement programs.
Prior to joining Xcel Energy, Chandarana was a partner at the law firm of Briggs and Morgan. He began his practice in securities litigation and telecommunications regulation. He then spent several years representing utilities in federal and state regulatory matters in Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado, and New Mexico, and the FERC. Chandarana has appeared before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, state and federal district courts in Minnesota, and the FERC. Chandarana currently serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce.