Energy

Jennings Strouss offers a full spectrum of legal and consulting services in energy and utility law. Our energy team is comprised of energy and utility professionals who provide counsel and advice in the electric, natural gas, hydroelectric and renewable energy sectors of the industry.

We are proud of the long-standing relationships we have built over the years, many of which extend back several decades and include municipally-owned electric, gas, and water utilities; public power agencies; natural gas shippers; rural electric cooperatives (generation and transmission, and local distribution); wholesale purchasers of power; renewable and alternative energy project developers and producers; industrial and commercial energy customers; and the district heating and cooling industry.

Comprehensive Experience

Our attorneys practice extensively before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state utility commissions, the Department of Transportation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and state and federal courts. We also engage in formal and informal alternative dispute resolution. Commercial counseling, including project development, system operations, natural gas supply and contracting, bulk power and transmission supply and contracting, and interfacing with Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs), are significant components of our representation.

Our electric practice involves every manner of electric utility regulation and deregulation, including energy market tariffs and business practices, independent system operators (ISOs) and RTOs, and project development and power supply contracts. We represent our clients in administrative and judicial proceedings involving a wide range of electric issues, including regulated cost allocations and transmission rate design, challenges to market-based rate authority, mergers and acquisitions, NERC compliance and enforcement, and administrative rulemaking proceedings.

Our natural gas practice encompasses nearly every aspect of the natural gas industry. Our attorneys have over thirty years of experience in negotiating and enforcing gas purchase and transportation contracts, and representing clients before the FERC on matters involving transportation rates, rulemakings, NGA Sec. 5 complaints, contract enforcement and pipeline certificate and tariff issues.

Our hydroelectric and renewable energy practices include projects involving water, solar, wind, biomass and geothermal resources. Clients rely on us to help them plan, evaluate, site, permit and develop renewable energy projects across the nation. We have extensive experience negotiating interconnection agreements, joint ownership and development agreements, project operation agreements, purchase/sale agreements, and rights to renewable energy credits.

Serving the Business Needs of Utilities

The firm recognizes that a primary need of utilities is comprehensive business representation on corporate matters. The combination of the firm’s strong energy, commercial and litigation practices offer capabilities specifically tailored to the business of utilities. Our team is comprised of knowledgeable attorneys with the business and legal experience to handle matters in the areas of utility financing; real estate and eminent domain; litigation and dispute resolution; federal, state and local tax; and employment, labor and ERISA.