Joel L. Greene, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Attorneys at Law Attorney

Joel L. Greene Member

P: 202.371.9889
F: 202.292.4740
L: Washington, D.C.

Mr. Greene is an attorney in the firm's Washington, D.C. office and former Chair of the firm's Diversity Action Committee. He has been in private practice in the Washington, D.C. area since 1974, assisting clients in energy regulatory matters, legal strategic planning, contract negotiations and advocacy before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, US Department of Transportation (PHMSA), state commissions and the courts.

Mr. Greene is very active in the energy industry, having served on the North American Energy Standards Board, Edison Electric Institute Order 636 Task Force, and as an officer of the Energy Bar Association. From 2003-2004 he served as chair of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), a 1,400-member international trade association formed in 1909. Mr. Greene is the first attorney to hold that position in the 100 year history of the association. Members are involved in heating and cooling buildings on campuses and in most major cities with steam, hot water and/or chilled water. In June, 2005 Mr. Greene was awarded the organization's highest honor.

Passionate about issues of inclusion and diversity in the workplace, Mr. Greene was instrumental in the development of the firm's Core Values as a member of the Diversity Action Committee, and was appointed by the firm's Management Committee as Chief Diversity/Retention Officer (CDRO) to reinforce those values and assist the firm to adapt to the changing realities of the modern workplace.

Representative Engagements

  • Serves as General Counsel to the International District Energy Association serving the district heating and cooling industry, including the successful establishment of a Middle East chapter in Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Represents the second largest U.S. manufacturer of natural gas distribution mechanical pipe fittings before the U.S. Department of Transportation (PHMSA), Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) and state commissions

  • Represents Salt River Project (SRP), one of the largest public power entities in the U.S. before the FERC related to interstate pipeline rate, tariff and certificate issues affecting the transportation of natural gas to their electric generating facilities
  • Represents individual and groups of major energy end-users across the U.S. in natural gas certificate, tariff and rate proceedings before the FERC
  • Serves as Corporate Counsel to a start-up international environmental enterprise for sustainable development specializing in exploring, developing and implementing innovative solutions in solar district cooling, heating and solar combined heat and power
  • Represents a manufacturing company that sells excess electric power under market-based rates, and must file EQR's.

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • Co-Author, “FERC Issues Order to Improve Gas-Electric Coordination,” District Energy Magazine (August 2015)

  • Author, "Conversion to Natural Gas: Navigating the legal hurdles," District Energy Magazine (January 30, 2013)

  • Author, "Bureau of Reclamation Supplemental Report Identifies Conduits with Hydropower Potential," (May 2, 2012)

  • Author, "FERC Clarifies Treatment of Pipeline’s Discount-Type Adjustments for Negotiated Rates," (March 19, 2012)

  • Co-Author, "Collection of Attorneys’ Fees Under Energy Statutes," Energy Law and Transactions, Chapter 142 (2001)

  • Panelist, “Case Study of Trigen St. Louis’ Natural Gas Bypass,” 11th Annual College/University Conference, International District Energy Association (February 1998)

  • Speaker, “Sovereignty, The Only Natural Gas Supply Strategy That Makes Sense,” Annual Meeting, International District Energy Association (June 1995)

  • Editor, "Public Law 95-621, Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 Legislative History," (1979)

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Honors, Appointments and Awards

  • AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2010-2016) in the category of Energy Law

  • Listed, Washington DC Super Lawyers (2012-2015) in the category of Energy & Natural Resources

  • “Norman R. Taylor” Award, International District Energy Association (June 2005)

Professional Affiliations

  • North American Energy Standards Board
    Executive Committee Alternate
    Wholesale Gas Quadrant
    End User Segment
    Intraday Nominations Task Force
  • International District Energy Association
    Chair, 2003-2004
    First Vice Chair, 2002-2003
    Executive Committee, 2001-2002
    Board of Directors, 1999-2000
    Fuels Committee, Chair, 1995-1998
  • Edison Electric Institute Order 636 Task Force
  • Energy Bar Association
  • George Washington University Mentor Program
  • American Public Power Association
  • American Bar Association
    Environment, Energy, and Resources Section, Member

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia, 1974

Court Admission

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit , 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982


  • J.D., National Law Center of the George Washington University, 1974
    With Honors
  • B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, Russian Studies, 1969