Utilities

Public, private, and municipal utilities face a myriad of complex legal, regulatory, and business issues and challenges, many of which are further complicated by the continuing evolution of the nation’s power system.  Van Ness Feldman is uniquely suited to assist clients in dealing with these difficult challenges in an efficient, skilled, and collaborative manner. 

Van Ness Feldman’s nationally recognized team of attorneys and policy professionals has decades of experience representing the utility industry on a range of issues including:

  • Facilitation and financing of energy transactions;
  • Compliance with state and federal regulations;
  • Participation in organized markets;
  • Development of transmission facilities;
  • Participation in federal rulemakings; and
  • Administrative and appellate litigation. 

Van Ness Feldman’s representations encompass all regulatory, legislative, and transactional matters arising before the following agencies:

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • North American Electric Reliablity Corporation (NERC)
  • Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Executive Branch agencies, state commissions, courts, and Congress 


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Professionals

Lawrence G. Acker

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1915

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Gary D. Bachman

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1880

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Kelsey A. Bagot

Associate

Washington D.C.

202-298-1817

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Erin K. Bartlett

Associate

Washington D.C.

202.298.1812

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Steve Baruch

Senior Energy Analyst

Washington D.C.

202.298.1832

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John J. Buchovecky

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1887

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Robert F. Christin

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1987

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Margaret H. Claybour

Partner

Washington D.C.

202-298-1816

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Kyle W. Danish

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1876

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Patrick Daugherty

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1810

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Michael Diamond

Associate

Washington D.C.

202.298.1807

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Stephen C. Fotis

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1908

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Jessica C. Friedman

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1895

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Joel M. Gordon

Partner

Seattle

206.623.9372

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Adam W. Gravley

Partner

Seattle

206.623.9372

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Shippen Howe

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1881

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Larry Inouye

Energy Analyst

Washington D.C.

202.298.1943

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A. Gregory Junge

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1945

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Tyson C. Kade

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1948

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Tadas A. Kisielius

Partner

Seattle

206.802.3840

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Matthew A. Love

Partner

Seattle

206.829.1809

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Michael F. McBride

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1989

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Suzanne Keppeler McBride

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202-298-1921

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Malcolm C. McLellan

Partner

Seattle

206.829.1814

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Justin P. Moeller

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1824

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Phil Mone

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202-298-3721

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Margaret A. Moore

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1847

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Joseph B. Nelson

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1894

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Tom Roberts

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1930

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Robin M. Rotman

Associate

Washington D.C.

202.298.1836

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Douglas W. Smith

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1902

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Van F. Smith

Associate

Washington D.C.

202.298.1839

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Gabriel L. Tabak

Associate

Washington D.C.

202.298.1939

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Sharon White

Associate

Washington D.C.

202.298.1871

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Jeffery L. Winmill

Associate

Washington D.C.

202.298.1957

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Julia Scarpino Wood

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1938

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David P. Yaffe

Senior Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1840

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Alerts

DC Circuit's Emera Maine Decision Creates Questions for Electric Utility ROE Policy

D.C. Circuit Denies Order No. 1000 Appeals, Upholds FERC's Vision for Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation

Senator Landrieu Convenes Hearing to Keep the Lights On

OUTLOOK 2014: KEY POLICY DEVELOPMENTS

FERC Judge Issues Initial Decision Reducing Transmission Owners' Return on Equity

Circuit Court Upholds Broad Transmission Project Cost Allocation in MISO

EPA Proposes New Standards to Regulate Water Discharges from Power Plants

FERC Proposes to Expand Reliability Standards for Certain Generator Interconnection Facilities

FERC Raises Bar on Transmission Investment Incentives

New Reliability Standards to Address Solar Storm Damage and Vegetation Management

FERC Requires EQR Reporting by Non-Public Utilities, Expands EQR Data Collected by All Filers

FERC Finalizes Variable Energy Resource Integration Rule

FERC Proposes Revisions to the EQR Filing Process

FERC Finalizes Policy for Advising EPA on Power Plant Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Compliance Extensions

Summary of Comments in Response to "Coordination between the Natural Gas and Electricity Markets" FERC Docket No. AD12-12-000

EPA Proposes Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits for New Electric Generating Units

EPA Issues Final Rule Regulating Mercury, Other Pollutants from Power Plants

FERC Issues Notice of Inquiry Regarding Transmission Incentives

EPA Expands Climate Agenda to the Current Fleet of Power Plants and Refineries

Updates

Hydro Newsletter - Vol. 11

Hydro Newsletter - Vol. 10

Hydro Newsletter - Vol. 2

Electric Reliability Update - January 9, 2014

Electric Reliability Update - December 19, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - December 5, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - November 21, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - November 7, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - October 25, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - October 11, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - September 26, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - September 12, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - August 9, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - August 29, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - July 26, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - July 11, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - June 28, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - June 13, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - May 24, 2013

Electric Reliability Update - May 9, 2013