Hunton & Williams’ energy regulatory practice provides high-quality legal services to national and international entities in the energy sector. We represent a broad range of clients, including investor-owned electric utilities, Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations (ISOs/RTOs), stand-alone transmission companies, electricity suppliers and lenders. Our lawyers are active before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) and the regional reliability entities. We are also actively involved in regulatory and legislative advocacy on a wide range of energy policy matters.

Our lawyers represent clients before FERC on a broad range of matters critical to their ability to do business in markets for bulk power and transmission services. We also provide the following services to clients:

  • Develop and execute strategies before FERC and influence federal regulatory policies that serve to protect their interests and advance their business goals.
  • Represent clients in rulemakings, tariff filings, audit, and contested proceedings before FERC.
  • Provide counsel on transmission pricing, including incentive rate proposals, Open Access Transmission Tariff (“OATT”) administration, market power and other electric industry policies.
  • Provide regulatory counsel for financing and development of renewable generation and new transmission.

Our partners were among the principal drafters and negotiators of the electricity provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (“EPAct”), while serving as counsel to the primary congressional committee of jurisdiction. Our lawyers participated in many of the FERC proceedings that implemented EPAct and have represented clients in matters involving, among other things, EPAct's provisions regarding reliability, enforcement, transmission rate incentives, holding companies, and corporate transactions. In addition, a number of our partners have held senior positions with FERC and at major public utility holding companies.