Energy Regulation & Compliance
Van Ness Feldman’s highly regarded Electric and Natural Gas Regulatory Practices have help clients effectively navigate the complex legal and regulatory issues that have defined the utility industry for more than 30 years. As these industries undergo a major transition, our clients rely on the firm’s unique combination of business knowledge, substantive legal and policy expertise, and strategic perspective. Chambers USA refers to the firm as “the premier energy boutique in the USA.”
The firm represents a wide range of investor-owned electric and gas utilities – as well as hydropower licensees, renewable energy projects, oil & products pipelines, and nuclear energy interests – throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America. These representations encompass all industry issues – regulatory, legislative, and transactional – arising before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the North American Electric Reliablity Corporation (NERC), Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other Executive Branch agencies, state commissions, courts, and Congress.
The firm works with clients to determine the potential effect of various regulatory and policy initiatives and proceedings on client operations and business plans, and counsels clients on strategic options to address such matters. We help clients take energy projects from concept to operation, providing counsel on project development, financing and ownership. We also represent clients on compliance matters, as well as in enforcement and litigation proceedings.