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Duane Morris attorneys advise clients on the legal, practical and business issues surrounding electricity generation, transmission, distribution, policy, regulation, sale and consumption.

Our experience includes representation of domestic and international producers, regulatory agencies, independent electric transmission system operators and publicly owned utility companies, conventional and alternative energy developers, demand response providers, end users and others. In serving our clients, Duane Morris attorneys draw upon industry experience gained by serving as members of governmental regulatory agencies and from working within the energy industry. One of our attorneys helped establish the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Enforcement and was its first director. Others among our attorneys have also served in various capacities at FERC. Furthermore, Duane Morris was integrally involved in the creation of the first Regional Transmission Organization approved by FERC and has served as its counsel in a multitude of issues before FERC and the appellate courts, including the development and implementation of its electric energy and ancillary services markets.

Duane Morris' services include assisting federal and state regulators and agencies in the formation and implementation of regulations and policymaking. Similarly, we represent electric utilities and their operating subsidiaries in regulatory proceedings before FERC and various U.S. Courts of Appeals, including for the District of Columbia and Federal Circuits. Throughout the restructuring of the electric service industry, Duane Morris energy attorneys work closely with clients to develop effective strategies to meet the challenges of deregulation and increased competition. From policymaking on congestion management and negotiating contracts, to civil litigation and appeals in federal and state courts, Duane Morris attorneys address the diverse needs of clients in the electricity industry.

Our attorneys also assist emerging alternative energy companies and existing utilities with the legal, regulatory, tax and financing challenges they face in bringing new electricity to market.

Duane Morris represents developers, investors and sovereigns in complex energy projects throughout the world.


 

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FERC Sets Ginna Nuclear Facility Agreement for Hearing
Dennis J. Hough,Stephen L. Teichler, April 22, 2015
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) continues to look askance at utility requests for guaranteed income streams for their generation resources. Most recently, R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant, LLC (Ginna) received a lukewarm reception to its request to establish a rate...

Lawyer in Vietnam Oliver Massmann Renewable Energy
Oliver Massmann, March 30, 2015
In accordance with the growth of Vietnam’s economy and population, the country is thirsting for energy. Vietnam’s energy requirement increases by approx. 15% per annum. In 2008, the growth of the Gross National Product has almost doubled. It is expected that a further increase by at...

Electricity Policy Shifts Are Gaining Momentum in New York
Dennis J. Hough,Stephen L. Teichler, March 26, 2015
In what is likely to be a harbinger of changes to status quo retail electricity markets, services and grid planning, the New York State Public Service Commission (New York PSC) adopted a new policy framework that would significantly influence the development of the electricity industry for years to...

Lawyer in Vietnam Oliver Massmann Energy Sector
Oliver Massmann, March 25, 2015
Vietnam’s rapid development led at the same time to a continuous increase of energy requirement, both in the private sector and in the industry. Since then, the consumption of electricity has been rising by 15% per annum and, as a result, has considerably exceeded the economic growth rate....

Lawyer in Vietnam Oliver Massmann Public Procurement in the Energy Sector
Oliver Massmann, March 25, 2015
The Law on Foreign Investment in Vietnam permits business to be conducted in Vietnam through any of these entities.

California Enacts Comprehensive Groundwater Management Legislation
Jolie-Anne S. Ansley,Thomas M. Berliner,Colin L. Pearce, October 28, 2014
On September 16, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a historic package of three bills—Senate Bill 1168, Senate Bill 1319 and Assembly Bill 1739—instituting comprehensive groundwater management in California. The legislation represents perhaps the most significant...