Michael Pincus advises clients with matters relating to the regulation of natural gas and hydropower before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Both as an attorney at Van Ness Feldman and at FERC, Michael has experience on a wide range of issues under the Natural Gas Act, including pipeline certificates, storage facilities, abandonment proceedings, liquefied natural gas authorizations, presidential permits, limited jurisdiction certificates, and market-based rate determinations.
Michael also has in-depth experience with Part I of the Federal Power Act, advising clients on a variety of hydroelectric licensing and compliance matters, including the license applications, transfers, amendments, surrenders, terminations, as well as preliminary permits.
In addition to pipeline and hydroelectric projects, Michael is also experienced with FERC's environmental review process of jurisdictional projects under the National Environmental Policy Act, including the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and other environmental statutes.
From 2007-2012, Michael worked as an attorney-advisor in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of the General Counsel, Energy Project Section.
Pace University School of Law
J.D., cum laude, 2007
Certificate in Environmental Law
Energy Project Legal Scholar Award, Pace University School of Law
American Bar Association
Chair, Hydropower Committee, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2013-present
Energy Bar Association
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Attorney Advisor, Office of the General Counsel, 2007-2012
Select recent natural gas matters:
- Represented a natural gas pipeline company before FERC in its application to abandon a portion of its interstate transportation system by sale.
- Assisted pipeline companies before FERC in several applications to abandon a portion of their interstate transportation systems in order to convert the facilities to oil and natural gas liquids service.
- Represents natural gas pipeline client in its FERC application to construct a new pipeline across the U.S.-Mexico border and for authorization to export natural gas to Mexico.
- Advises pipeline clients on FERC issues related to pipelines that cross existing and future mining operations.
- Advises clients on the FERC issues related to the investment in new and existing natural gas pipeline facilities and LNG export terminals.
- Represented a natural gas pipeline company in a complaint proceeding at FERC related to landowner issues.
Select recent hydropower matters:
- Advises a FERC licensee preparing for a complex relicensing involving a large FERC-licensed project with multiple power developments and a co-licensee.
- Advised FERC hydropower licensees regarding the status of lands within its FERC project boundary.
- Represented a FERC license applicant for a hydropower license in a dispute over the amount and type of studies FERC required under the Integrated Licensing Process.
- Advised a FERC licensee on its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act for the expansion of its facilities.