Ben Reiter is an attorney in Nixon Peabody’s Project Finance and Public Finance group. He represents a variety of energy clients in matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and advises clients on energy transactional matters.
I have participated in FERC proceedings and related federal court appeals concerning various aspects of Federal Power Act regulation of electric transmission rates, terms, and conditions. I advise on Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), power trading agreements (including using EEI and ISDA forms), interconnection agreements, FERC jurisdiction, and transmission planning processes. I have also counseled clients on oil pipeline regulation under the Interstate Commerce Act.
My experience includes negotiating project site leases, representing clients in pipeline and transmission line easement negotiations, and representing creditors in the bankruptcies of major coal companies. I also counseled tribal members on Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) energy regulations, coal surface lease negotiations, and clean-up obligations from oil pipeline spills on their property.
The emphasis on decarbonizing the electric system and the competitive cost of renewable generation will likely lead to an even more rapid deployment of wind, solar, and storage facilities across the country. To accommodate this deployment, a build out of significant new electric transmission facilities will also likely be necessary. The policies adopted by federal and state agencies, along with RTOs and ISOs, will play a major role in how and how fast this build out occurs.
Energy Alert | 07.27.21
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D.; UCLA Law Review, Editor
University of Chicago, M.A.
Black Hills State University, B.S.; Magna cum laude
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit