Van Ness Feldman’s Electric Practice has significant experience representing utilities, power marketers, generators, developers, and investors in understanding and complying with FERC regulations as they apply to each client’s unique interests. We also look beyond counseling clients on the immediate impact of rules to the potential effect of FERC policy initiatives and proceedings on their operations and businesses.
Van Ness Feldman helps electricity sellers obtain and retain market-based rate authority, report changes in status, file triennial updates, prepare Electric Quarterly Reports (EQRs), and comply with FERC’s market behavior rules and price reporting regulations. Our attorneys also advise clients on Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) and Open Access Same-Time Information System (OASIS) administration, implementation, and compliance; Standards of Conduct requirements; restrictions on affiliate transactions and cross-subsidization; and prohibition against market manipulation. Additionally, Van Ness Feldman helps officers and directors of public utilities navigate FERC’s interlocking directorate requirements. Going beyond “pure representation", we design and conduct employee training programs, participate in internal reviews and audits, and assist clients in developing compliance programs and procedures.
ISO/RTO Participation. Participation in organized markets requires an understanding of the specific rules of each Independent System Operator (ISO) or Regional Transmission Organization (RTO). Van Ness Feldman advises clients operating in ISO-NE, NYISO, PJM, MISO, SPP, and CAISO. Our attorneys counsel clients on the development of new market rules and tariff provisions, as well as the requirements for participation in energy capacity, ancillary service markets, and demand response programs. We have significant experience with the development of interconnection and energy management agreements and other complex transactions unique to the regulatory environment of ISO/RTO organized markets.
Policy Initiatives. Van Ness Feldman attorneys have participated in virtually every major FERC rulemaking over the past two decades. We help clients develop policy positions, build industry coalitions, create effective comments, participate in public conferences and meetings, and meet with FERC Commissioners and staff.
Administrative Litigation and Appellate Review. Van Ness Feldman represents clients in trial-type hearings before FERC and in cases before arbitral panels, state courts, federal district courts, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Our attorneys have extensive experience litigating complaint proceedings, including complex FERC multi-party litigation regarding market-wide remedies and technical rate cases, as well as unique power contract and related issues before state and federal trial courts. Van Ness Feldman also is known for our ability to draft successful settlements.
FERC Enforcement. Utilities are subject to FERC enforcement and investigations of compliance with applicable energy statutes, FERC rules, regulations, and tariff provisions. Such investigations may include allegations of fraud and market manipulation, anticompetitive conduct, conduct threatening the transparency of regulated markets, or serious violations of electric reliability standards.
Van Ness Feldman attorneys, including those working for FERC-regulated natural gas entities, bring their litigation and negotiation skills to bear for clients in all phases of non-public investigations, from initial responses to data requests, through meetings with FERC staff, to settlement discussions, and in the development of mitigation plans. If settlement is not achieved, we defend clients against allegations of violations or wrongful conduct in publicly litigated proceedings.