James J. Hoecker: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

James J. Hoecker

Senior Counsel and Energy Strategist
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202.378.2316

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Practice Areas

  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Electric Transmission
  • Energy Regulation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Climate Change & Sustainability
  • Corporate
  • Environmental & Natural Resources
  • Public Policy, Regulatory & Government Affairs
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.378.2316
Fax: 202.378.2319
http://www.huschblackwell.com/james-hoecker/
 
University Northland College, B.A., cum laude, 1967; University of Kentucky, M.A., 1970; University of Kentucky, Ph.D., 1975
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1978
 
Admitted1978, Wisconsin; 1988, District of Columbia; 1978, U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin; 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1988, U.S. Supreme Court
 
Memberships 

Professional Associations and Memberships

Allegheny Energy, Board of Directors, 2001-2004

•American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section

•Clinton/Gore Campaign, Energy Team, Co-chair, 1992

•Energy Bar Association, Committee on Natural Gas Pipeline Rates and Accounting

•National Council on Competition and The Electric Industry, Board of Directors, 1995-2002

•University of Tulsa School of Law, practitioner-in-residence, 2001

 
Biography

A nationally recognized energy advisor, Jim primarily concentrates his practice on emerging markets in the wholesale electric and natural gas areas. Inside and outside government, Jim has focused his representations on electric utilities, utility investors, transmission companies, and gas and oil pipelines on issues of infrastructure development and rate regulation, demand response and environmental law. He is also the founder and principal of Hoecker Energy Law & Policy PLLC, where he serves as outside counsel to WIRES, a national business alliance of companies advocating investment in electric transmission, including transmission-dependent wind and solar energy firms as well as transmission developers. He has advised foreign countries and utilities on energy industry reconstructing and has served as an expert witness throughout the United States and Canada. He has given testimony before committees of Congress and administrative tribunals.

Jim's significant work on behalf of clients in the energy industry has included:

•Representing a national nonprofit trade association comprising transmission providers and customers, before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the U.S. Department of Energy and Congress in contested and generic rulemaking matters, policy making and legislation.

•Representing a Canadian independent system operator in structuring an Order No. 888-compliant tariff for export of electric power into the U.S. wholesale power market.

•Advising an independent transmission developer seeking transmission rate incentives and rate-based treatment under the Federal Power Act for new electric transmission facilities

•Advising a developer of green-field transmission in New Mexico.

Prior to rejoining private practice, Jim was FERC chairman from 1997 to 2001. During the nearly eight years he served as FERC chairman and, before that, FERC commissioner, he was responsible for instituting regional transmission organizations to administer the wholesale electric power system and streamlining regulatory processes. In the 1980s, Jim was assistant general counsel for gas and oil litigation at FERC, as well as assistant general counsel for rulemaking and legislative analysis.

Awards and Recognitions

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

•National Energy Resources Organization, Distinguished Service Award, 2000

•National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Silver Good Citizenship Award, 2000

Civic Involvement

Northland College, Trustee Emeritus

•National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

•Graywolf Press, National Council

Experience

•Represent national nonprofit trade association comprising transmission providers and customers before regulators and Congress in contested and generic rule-making, policy-making and legislative matters.

•Drafted and submitted comments and rehearing request on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rule-making leading to Order No. 1000.

•Drafted and advocated for HR 3280, a bill regulating electric transmission development.

•Supervised the creation of reports on economic effect of transmission development, integration of renewable energy, allocation of costs and smart grid technology.

•Drafted and filed comments on Department of Energy rule-making to coordinate all federal authorizations for infrastructure on federal lands.

•Testified before Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and House Special Committee on Climate Change regarding electric power infrastructure.

•Represented a Canadian independent system operator in structuring an Order No. 888-compliant tariff for export of electric power into the U.S. wholesale power market.

•Advised and represented an independent transmission developer seeking transmission rate incentives and rate-based treatment under the Federal Power Act for new electric transmission facilities.

•Advised a developer of green-field transmission in New Mexico.

•Assisted in advising a power producer about the potential effect of Environmental Protection Agency rules on plant operations and electric reliability.

•Drafted employment contract for an executive director of a client trade association.

Business Insights

Business Insights

5.13.14 Regulatory Federalism and Development of Electric Transmission: A Brewing Storm? Energy Law Journal (Volume 35:1),
Energy & Natural Resources
Article

5.01.14 Looking back (and forward) at FERC's Order No. 1000, Intelligent Utility
Energy & Natural Resources
Article

11.17.13 Transmission Benefits: Filling A Critical Gap in Order 1000, Part 2, Intelligent Utility
Energy & Natural Resources
Article

11.10.13 Transmission Benefits: Filling A Critical Gap in Order 1000, Part 1, Intelligent Utility
Energy & Natural Resources
Article

5.01.13 FERC's Order No. 1000: What You Need to Know, Part 1, Intelligent Utility
Energy & Natural Resources
Article

4.10.13 Laying the Foundation for a Sustainable Energy Future: Legal and Policy Challenges
Energy & Natural Resources
Seminar Washington, D.C.

3.07.13 Meeting the North American Energy Infrastructure Challenge, Canada Institute
Speaking Engagement Washington, D.C.

11.14.12 The Multiple Benefits of Building the Clean Energy Grid
Energy & Natural Resources
Speaking Engagement Nashville, TN

10.09.12 Cross Regional Collaboration and The Future View of RTOs: What it Means for Reliability, Economic Development and the Public Good
Energy & Natural Resources
Speaking Engagement St. Paul, MN

9.06.12 Challenges to Transmission of Renewable Energy
Energy & Natural Resources
Speaking Engagement Houston, TX

In The News

2.03.14 Politico: Husch Blackwell's Former FERC Chairman Jim Hoecker Discusses the President's New Commission Nominee
Energy & Natural Resources
News Coverage

1.13.14 SNL Financial: Husch Blackwell Energy Attorney Jim Hoecker Supports New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Speedier Electric Transmission Line Siting Proposal
Energy & Natural Resources
News Coverage

8.05.13 Former FERC Senior Enforcement Attorney Joins Husch Blackwell's Energy Regulation Team, Leads Energy Compliance and Enforcement Efforts
Energy & Natural Resources
News Release

6.19.13 Transmission Hub: Husch Blackwell Energy Strategist and Former FERC Chairman Jim Hoecker Shares Lessons Learned at Midcontinent Independent System Operator Event
Energy & Natural Resources
News Coverage

6.14.13 Federal News Radio: Husch Blackwell's Jim Hoecker Discusses President Obama's Executive Order to Modernize the U.S. Electric Grid
Energy & Natural Resources
News Coverage

7.31.12 CNBC: Husch Blackwell Energy Strategist and WIRES Counsel Jim Hoecker Analyzes U.S. Grid Strength in Wake of India's Power Outage
Energy & Natural Resources
News Coverage

5.22.12 Renew Grid: Husch Blackwell's Energy Strategist and WIRES Counsel Jim Hoecker Predicts Lower Energy Prices with Increased Wind Power and Transmission
Energy & Natural Resources
News Coverage

3.01.12 Penn Energy: Husch Blackwell's Jim Hoecker Examines FERC Order No. 1000 and Its Effect on Hydroelectric Projects
Energy & Natural Resources
News Coverage

11.15.11 Omaha World-Herald: Husch Blackwell's Jim Hoecker Urges Nebraska to Build State's Wind Energy Potential
Energy & Natural Resources
News Coverage

12.08.10 Demand Response Law Conference Gathers National Energy Stakeholders
Energy & Natural Resources

 
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750 17th Street, NW, Suite 900
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