Sharon White

Of Counsel

202.298.1871

slw@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Negotiated relicensing settlement agreement between licensee and U.S. Forest Service and special use permit for the FERC relicensing of the Toledo Bend Project.
  • Assisted in negotiating a multi-party settlement agreement for the potential removal of the Klamath Hydroelectric Project.
  • Drafted successful petition for declaratory order before FERC on federal preemption of state and local regulatory authority over a hydropower project in Washington.
  • Represented a coalition of hydroelectric licensees at FERC technical conferences presenting arguments disputing agency annual charges.
  • Drafted amici curiae briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the hydroelectric industry
  • Represented a FERC licensee in amending and partially transferring its license to sell one of two project developments to a new owner
  • Assisted in representation of large coalition of hydroelectric licensees in administrative litigation before FERC and appellate proceedings concerning FERC’s federal land fees program.
  • Assisted in representation of a FERC licensee in a trial-type hearing before a U.S. Coast Guard administrative law judge on disputed issues of fact underlying agency mandatory conditions 

Publications

Deep Decarbonization and Hydropower

Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States, Ch. 22, Michael B. Gerrard & John C. Dernbach, eds., Forthcoming.
04/01/2019

Deep Decarbonization and Hydropower

Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 48 Issue 4
04/06/2018

Water Transfers & the CWA

The Water Report, Issue 157 pp. 16
03/01/2017

Hydroelectric Regulation Under the Federal Power Act

Waters and Water Rights (Michie, 3rd ed.)
01/01/2017

Hydropower Licensing under the Federal Power Act: A Century of Resource Conflict Resolution in the Public Interest

Natural Resources & Environment, Vol. 31 Issue 1 pp. 27
08/01/2016

Hydroelectric Power

Energy Law and Transactions (D. Muchow and W. Mogel, eds.) (2012)
10/28/2012

Rebuttal in Defense of the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement

Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Vol. 1 pp. 297
12/01/2011

Presentations

National Hydropower Association 2019 Annual Conference

Panelist, “The Hydro Brief: Examining Current Legal Issues and What They Mean to You”
National Hydropower Association
Washington, DC
04/03/2019

National Hydropower Association 2019 Southeast Regional Meeting

Panelist, "Regulatory Developments in the Southeast: AWIA Rulemaking"
Charleston, SC
02/12/2019

ESA and CITES: Two Statutes, Both Alike in Dignity

Panelist, "Proposed Regulatory and Legislative Reforms to the ESA”
Environmental Law Institute and American Bar Association
Washington, DC
11/01/2018

National Hydropower Association 2017 Southeast Regional Meeting

Panelist, "Hot Topics in the Southeast: Endangered Species Act Updates"
National Hydropower Association
Atlanta, GA
11/02/2017

HydroVision International 2016

Presenter, "Jurisdiction Changes - Who's Responsible for What in the U.S.?"
Minneapolis, MN
07/26/2016

National Hydropower Association 2015 Alaska Regional Meeting

Speaker, "Federal and State Clean Energy Programs"
National Hydropower Association
Anchorage, AK
08/18/2015

National Hydropower Association 2014 Alaska Regional Meeting

Panelist, "Emerging Regulatory Issues Facing Hydro Development in Alaska"
National Hydropower Association
Ketchikan, AK
06/10/2014