Jessica C. Friedman

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Jessica Friedman represents renewable and conventional electric generation developers, power marketers, merchant transmission developers, and their owners and operators, including private equity funds and institutional investors.  Jessica’s practice is focused on federal energy regulatory matters related to project development and repowering, equity sales and asset transfers, debt transactions, and ISO/RTO market rules. 

Jessica regularly provides counsel on complex generator interconnection issues, including shared facilities and co-tenancy structures, preservation of priority rights to proprietary capacity, and pseudo-tie and dynamic scheduling arrangements.  Jessica advises clients on transmission service solutions such as joint ventures, and she negotiates related agreements.  She also assists clients with obtaining all necessary Federal Energy Regulatory permits prior to commencing operations such as market-based rate authorization and exempt wholesale generator or qualifying facility status.  In addition to ensuring that clients comply with the requirements of the Federal Power Act, Jessica has extensive experience advising clients with respect to “holding company” regulation and exemptions under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 and “qualifying facility” or QF status and related benefits and exemptions under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.  In addition, Jessica frequently counsels her clients on rules and obligations associated with participation in organized capacity and wholesale energy markets operated by ISOs/RTOs.

Jessica’s practice includes conducting regulatory due diligence for transactions involving electric assets, advising clients on contractual agreements and structures for equity sales and asset transfers, and obtaining the necessary FERC approvals.  She routinely serves as special regulatory counsel in energy project financing transactions.

In addition, Jessica represents clients in compliance audits and investigations before FERC.  She also counsels merchant transmission developers on strategic development decisions related to equity ownership structures and capacity allocation arrangements as well as negotiated rate authority, incentive-based rate treatment, and FERC’s open access tariff requirements.

Jessica previously served as an Assistant County Attorney in Fairfax County, a suburb of Washington DC, where she acquired significant civil litigation experience while handling child abuse and neglect cases.

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Education

American University, Washington College of Law J.D., summa cum laude, 2000

George Mason University B.S., 1992