Energy Regulation



We proactively help our clients move their businesses forward, navigating the complex energy regulatory landscape and anticipating what lies ahead for the industry.

Our approach

The traditional utility business model is undergoing tremendous change. An increasingly diverse power mix that includes utility-scale renewables and distributed generation, energy storage, deregulation and future electric vehicle infrastructure are coming up against aging infrastructure and declining demand.

At the center of this transformation is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) role in setting and influencing federal and state regulatory policies. Our strong Washington, DC, presence allows us to stay close to the activity that affects electric generation and electric and natural gas transmission facilities. Our practice spans the country—allowing us to monitor policies and regulations across the grid at-large, including those set by the regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs).

Who we work with

  • Electric and gas utilities and their affiliates
  • Electric transmission developers
  • Independent power marketers and brokers
  • Independent power producers
  • Natural gas pipelines
  • Providers of products and services in the U.S. electric power industry

Recent Experience

  • Representing natural gas before state commissions and FERC
  • Drafted natural gas supply, transportation and storage arrangements in the United States and Canada
  • Resolved compliance matters relating to FERC natural gas regulation, including capacity release and shipper must have title rules, assigning capacity (including in connection with portfolio sales and structuring transactions compliant with FERC rules)
  • Defended clients during FERC enforcement proceedings
  • Rate and certificate regulatory proceedings
  • Electric regulatory work, including hydroelectric and transmission-related experience
  • Representing stakeholders before FERC in electric-related proceedings
  • Hydropower licensing, re-licensing, preliminary permitting and compliance issues
  • Tracking and monitoring developments and trends affecting the hydro sector
  • Participate in rulemakings for hydro organizations
  • Frequently write and speak before legal audiences on hydro developments
  • Representing clients before a number of state public utilities commissions, including those in the New England states and California, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  • Represented clients before siting boards in California, New England and New York in both natural gas and electric matters

The Impact of New York's Renewable Energy Permitting Program, PFAS Regulation

Bloomberg Law | October 26, 2020

The following Bloomberg Law article comprises a two-part, contributed series on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s transformative regulatory changes on climate change, renewable energy, and emerging contaminants. The articles are written by Albany partner Pete Trimarchi and associate Dana Stanton, and Rochester associate Sarah Lobe, all of the Environmental and Land Use team.

The Impact of New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

Bloomberg Law | October 23, 2020

The following Bloomberg Law article comprises a two-part, contributed series on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s transformative regulatory changes on climate change, renewable energy, and emerging contaminants. The articles are written by Albany partner Pete Trimarchi and associate Dana Stanton, and Rochester associate Sarah Lobe, all of the Environmental and Land Use team.

NY climate legislation would stress building, power sectors

Law360 | July 17, 2019

This article features analysis from Albany Affordable Housing and Real Estate counsel Peter Trimarchi on ambitious new climate-change legislation in New York State that will force the natural gas industry to revisit its business plans.

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