With 30 years' experience in the dynamic field of energy regulation, Paul Forshay advises clients on compliance with federal and state regulations and represents them in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state commissions. His work spans issues concerning oil and natural gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) projects and electric power transmission, and includes policy formation and agency rule makings.
A member of Sutherland's Energy Practice Group, Paul co-chairs the LNG/natural gas regulatory practice. His substantial experience includes natural gas and oil pipeline rate case litigation and complaint proceedings and utility merger proceedings before FERC. He regularly advises clients regarding compliance with FERC regulations, including capacity-release requirements, affiliate transactions, reporting obligations and Natural Gas Policy Act (NGPA) Section 311 pipeline matters. Paul also advises clients on gas transportation agreements, precedent agreements, asset management agreements, open season procedures, natural gas and oil pipeline tariff matters, pipeline construction and safety regulations, and import/export regulations.
Paul deals extensively with cost allocation, rate of return, rate design, seasonal rate and negotiated rate issues. He advises clients regarding certificate matters for natural gas pipelines and LNG terminals and CNG projects, as well as federal and state regulatory requirements applicable to the disposition of crude oil and liquids pipelines. In addition, Paul has litigated affiliate abuse and market-based rate disputes regarding wholesale power purchase agreements.
Paul has participated in a variety of electric and gas utility rate cases before state commissions and played an active role in restructuring retail power markets in New Jersey and Ohio. He has litigated utility merger and acquisition proceedings and advises clients on state regulations governing participation in restructured retail energy markets, licensing requirements for power marketers, the disposition of retail market contracts, state-mandated wholesale power auctions and renewable portfolio standards.
Counsels a major international energy company regarding regulatory requirements applicable to the sale or transfer of crude oil and liquids pipeline assets.
Represents a large energy user coalition in electric and gas utility ratemaking and policy matters before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
Represents an independent power producer, an electric utility and industrial end users in Natural Gas Act section 4 and section 5 matters, and in rulemakings before FERC.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of energy: transactions (2015)