Energy, Utility & Telecommunications

Rhoads & Sinon’s Energy, Utility & Telecommunications practice group serves the legal needs of its clients across the country, providing representation of clients before the fifty state Public Utility Commissions and before federal regulatory agencies including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C. We are currently involved in ongoing representation in major electric, natural gas, water and telecommunications cases nationwide.  

Representation of our clients goes beyond exhaustive knowledge of public utility and telecommunications law. Excellent representation also means an in-depth understanding of our clients' operations and needs, as well as an appreciation of emerging issues in the field. In this way, we are not simply reactive to problems when they arise, but are proactive in working with our clients to avoid problems and to propose innovative solutions to suit their needs.

Our years of practice in Harrisburg, and other state capitals around the country, provide us with the opportunity to know, and be known by, the staffs of the Public Utility Commissions, legislatures and public state advocates in those jurisdictions. Our group members have fostered critical relationships throughout the country, allowing us to be uniquely positioned to do the work of our national clients.  

At the state level, the Energy, Utility & Telecommunications practice group assists clients in a broad range of regulatory matters arising before the state Public Utility Commissions across the country. One of our primary roles is in representing clients in rate and rulemaking proceedings. Our lawyers provide assistance throughout the ratemaking process, from gathering the necessary data to supporting or challenging a rate request through actual filing. Our assistance continues through discovery, settlement negotiations, and where settlement cannot be achieved, litigation. We also provide advice and assistance in a variety of other proceedings, including utility applications, investigations and complaint cases.

At the federal level, the Energy, Utility & Telecommunications practice group has represented applicants and interveners in rate filings, litigated rate cases, certificate proceedings, rulemakings and other proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The Energy, Utility & Telecommunications practice group believes that the most successful client initiative is structured to avoid agency disagreement and litigation.  If litigation is required, the group can bring its experience and excellent litigation abilities to the task, including appellate challenges when necessary.

The members of the Energy, Utility & Telecommunications practice group also have extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Technology & Telecommunications
  • Energy Procurement & Energy Management Consulting
  • Renewable Energy
  • Electricity, Natural Gas, Water & Wastewater
  • Transportation Representation
    • Motor Carrier
    • Railroad

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