Julia Wood has focused her practice primarily on hydroelectric and electric power matters since joining the firm in 2003. She provides strategic counsel to a broad variety of electric industry participants, including state and municipal entities, investor-owned utilities, independent power producers, and power marketers. She advises clients on issues involving the Federal Power Act (FPA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), and other federal statutes affecting energy and water development.
Julia has significant experience with the regulation of hydroelectric projects under Part I of the FPA before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), federal and state regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal. She assists clients on project development, licensing, compliance, and in the negotiation of multi-party licensing settlement agreements. She currently serves as counsel in a number of hydroelectric relicensing proceedings before FERC, including for three of the largest pumped storage projects in the country.
Julia’s expertise extends well beyond Part I of the FPA. She also assists electric industry clients on Part II of the FPA, including on the acquisition and sale of power projects, market-based rate authorization, and related regulatory requirements before FERC. In addition, she provides counsel on energy regulatory and environmental matters to developers of offshore energy projects before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and other federal and state agencies.
Julia is an active member of the National Hydropower Association, where she has served as Co-Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the Ocean, Tidal, and New Technologies Council, and of the Northwest Hydroelectric Association, American Bar Association, and Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment. In 2018, Julia was recognized in The Legal 500 and recommended for her energy regulatory work.
American University, Washington College of Law
J.D., cum laude, 2003
B.A., magna cum laude, 1997
Phi Beta Kappa
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
American Bar Association
Vice Chair, Hydro Committee, 2010-2012
Energy Bar Association
National Hydropower Association
Co-Chair, Regulatory Affairs Committee, 2016; Vice Chair, 2015
Co-Chair, Ocean, Tidal & New Technologies Council, 2012-2013; Vice Chair, 2010-2011
Northwest Hydroelectric Association
Women's Council on Energy and the Environment
U.S. Department of Justice
Honors Paralegal, Antitrust Division, 1997-1999
Julia's recent representations include:
- Serving as FERC relicensing and license compliance counsel to an independent power producer that operates the largest pumped storage project in New England. Julia also provides strategic advice and counsel on the client’s compliance with FPA Part II matters, including FERC’s requirements for maintaining market-based rate authorization, and participation in the ISO New England, Inc. market.
- Representing a large public power entity in New York in the relicensing of its 1,160 MW pumped storage project and 9 MW conventional hydropower project.
- Counseling the owner of a small hydropower project in New England on options and alternatives to FERC relicensing.
- Defending FERC’s issuance of a new license to the new owner of a 212 MW, multi-development hydropower project in North Carolina before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and providing guidance on FPA Part II matters to the project owner for its entire portfolio of hydropower assets.
- Advising a developer of offshore wind projects on energy and environmental matters related to BOEM and other federal and state authorizations, including on NEPA, ESA, and CZMA issues.
- Providing federal energy regulatory counsel to independent power producers and investment firms in connection with mergers, acquisitions, sales, and energy project financings in the electric power industry.