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Mr. Levitine has an extensive knowledge of competitive electricity markets. He represents Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO), one of the largest multi-state RTOs, in complex regulatory and judicial proceedings involving MISO's interstate transmission system and wholesale electricity markets. In addition, Mr. Levitine assists clients with various regulatory issues arising in other RTOs, such as PJM Interconnection (PJM) and ISO New England (ISO-NE). He is familiar with all major FERC initiatives involving organized electricity markets, transmission pricing and cost allocation, electric reliability standards, open access transmission reform and generator interconnection procedures, and has represented clients in connection with many of these seminal rulemakings and in related proceedings. Throughout his career, Mr. Levitine has advised virtually every class of electric industry player, including renewable and hydro resources, on many contractual, energy market, open access and other regulatory and transactional issues, such as market-based rate authority, FPA Section 203 and 204 applications, QF/EWG status, power purchase agreement (PPA) structuring and negotiation and generator interconnection agreements and procedures.
On the natural gas side, Mr. Levitine represents a well-known developer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in LNG terminal certification proceedings at FERC under Section 3 of the NGA. Mr. Levitine also counsels clients on various LNG certification and compliance issues arising under the Deepwater Port Act of 1974 and in connection with the Department of Energy's (DOE) LNG export/import permits. He is familiar with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) regulations and has obtained favorable jurisdictional determinations from PHMSA.
In addition to his U.S. practice, Mr. Levitine is active in the international energy field. He has advised national energy regulators, market and system operators and government-owned utilities in Vietnam, the Republic of the Philippines, Indonesia, Canada and the Russian Federation on issues ranging from energy markets reform to PPA restructuring and renegotiation. Representative matters include several energy market reform projects funded by the World Bank in Southeast Asia and Russia, a high-profile effort to renegotiate a dozen of Build-Own-Transfer PPAs for a developing country and an international arbitration involving imports of electric power into the United States. Mr. Levitine is a member of Duane Morris' Cuba Business Group .
Honors and Awards
•Recipient, American Lawyer, "Global Finance Deal of the Year in Project Finance," Global Legal Awards, New York, 2015
•1995 Albert S. Pergam Writing Competition Award, New York State Bar Association
•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2006-present
- Associate, 2004-2005
•CMS Cameron McKenna, Washington, D.C.
- Associate, 2002-2003
•McKenna Long & Aldridge, Washington, D.C.
- Associate, 1998-2002
•Travis & Gooch, Washington, D.C.
- Associate, 1996-1998
Publications and Speaking Engagements
•Co-author, " FERC Eliminates Reactive Power Exemption for Wind Generation, " Duane Morris Alert, June 23, 2016
•Co-author, " FERC Green-lights Puerto Rico Offshore LNG Import Terminal; Project's Ocean-Going Regasification Unit Is First of Its Kind Before the FERC, " Duane Morris Alert, July 28, 2015
•Co-author, "HVDC Transmission: A Path to the Future?," The Electricity Journal, May 2010
•Co-author, "The Mobile-Sierra Doctrine, Part Deux," Public Utilities Fortnightly, March 2007
•Co-author, "Life Along the Potomac: What Federal Regulators Should Do to Ensure Security, Reliability, and Cleaner Air in Our Nation's Capital," PublicUtilities Fortnightly, September 2006
•Author, "The Main Principles of Electric Reliability Regulation in the U.S.," Energorynok, January 2006
•Co-author, "Long-Term Power Purchase Agreements in a Restructured Electricity Industry," Wake Forest Law Review, 2005.
•Author, "Russia launches a competitive electricity market," Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence, December 2003
•Author, "In the aftermath of the Russian electricity law: establishing the new regulatory and contractual framework for competitive power markets," Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence, July 2003
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Speaker, System Operators and Electricity Markets Conference, Moscow, September 2007
•Speaker, Electric Reliability Regulation seminar sponsored by the Russian System Operator, Moscow, November 2005
•The Bar Association of the District of Columbia
•Energy Bar Association