Douglas W. Smith

Partner

202.298.1902

dws@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Advises regulated companies on FERC rulemaking and policy matters.
  • Represents electricity clients in FERC rate matters.
  • Represents clients on FERC review of mergers and acquisitions in the electricity sector.
  • Assists clients with regulatory due diligence on energy projects and transactions.
  • Represents regulated entities on FERC audits and investigations.
  • Assists clients with regulatory compliance and training programs.
  • Provides strategic advice on clean energy and climate change policy for energy companies, manufacturers, and other clients.
  • Represents equipment manufacturers on energy efficiency regulation before DOE.
  • Advises applicants seeking financial assistance for energy-related projects.
  • Advises a trade association on carbon capture and sequestration policy.
  • Works with think tanks and coalitions to pursue innovative energy and environmental policies in areas such as climate change and transmission policy.

Publications

Early Clean Power Planning - A Hedging Strategy for Sec. 111(d)

Public Utilities Fortnightly, pp. 34-40
02/01/2015

Regulatory Federalism & Development of Electric Transmission: A Brewing Storm?

Energy Law Journal, Vol. 35 Issue 1 pp. 71-99
05/13/2014

Upcoming EPA Regulations and Potential Impacts on Electric Reliability

The Electricity Journal, Vol. 24 Issue 3 pp. 7-21
04/09/2011

U.S. Energy and Climate Change Policy: What to Expect in 2009

Bloomberg Law Reports: Sustainable Energy, Vol. 2 Issue 1 pp. 1
01/09/2009

An Inconvenient State?

Environmental Finance
10/01/2006

Climate Change: The Heat Is On

Public Utilities Fortnightly, pp. 54
01/01/2004

Electricity regulation: How is federal policy changing?

Trends, Vol. 33 Issue 6 pp. 4
07/01/2002

Designing a Climate-Friendly Energy Policy: Options for the Near Term

Pew Center on Global Climate Change
07/01/2002

Presentations

Energy in the Northeast

Speaker, "Federal Energy Policy: Developments with Potential Impact on Northeast Energy Markets"
Law Seminars International
Boston, MA
09/28/2015

3rd Annual Electric Transmission in the West

"Reading the Tea Leaves: The Likely Direction of FERC Policy in the Post-Wellinghoff Era"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA
05/19/2014

Energy in California: New Policy Drivers, Opportunities and Challenges

"Federal Regulatory and Legislative Developments in the Upcoming Election"
Law Seminars International
San Francisco, CA
11/12/2012

2nd Annual National Climate Change Regulation Conference

Panelist, "Developing Your Strategy for the Future"
Law Seminars International
Arlington, VA
04/14/2008

Electric Energy: Markets, Regulation and Investment

Conference Co-Chair; Presenter, " Electricity Utility Regulation: Current Regulatory Challenges"
Law Seminars International
Washington, DC
03/03/2008

Energy in the Northeast

"Update on U.S. Energy Policies for 2007"
Law Seminars International
Boston, MA
10/18/2007

AGA Legal Forum & Golf Tournament 2007

"Climate Change and Energy Policy"
American Gas Association
Vail, CO
07/15/2007