Suzanne Keppeler focuses her practice on the representation of electric utilities on a wide range of regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and U.S. Courts of Appeal. She counsels various clients on rate development, contract and tariff provisions, regulatory compliance and investigation defense, administrative litigation, and transactional matters. She also advises on compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and regional reliability standards.
Prior to joining Van Ness Feldman, Suzanne served in a variety of regulatory and legal roles with investor-owned utilities, focusing on FERC matters and NERC compliance. In her in-house corporate roles, she has served as lead counsel in developing stated and formula-based transmission rates for electric utilities in bilateral and organized markets, drafting and negotiated unique transmission and interconnection agreements, developing internal compliance and training programs, as well as assisting her internal clients with day-to-day implementation and interpretation of transmission and market-based rate tariffs. Suzanne also served as lead internal counsel for the implementation of FERC Order Nos. 890 and 1000, as well as other seminal FERC rulemaking initiatives. She has served as lead counsel to provide FERC and NERC audit, investigation and enforcement defense and has extensive experience advising legal, technical and executive offices on compliance with, and potential violations of, FERC regulations. Suzanne also has served as NERC compliance officer for a mid-sized electric utility and as a regulatory analyst within FERC’s Office of Electric Reliability.