Omar Bustami

Omar Bustami Associate

P: 202.370.4124
F: 202.292.4741
L: Washington, D.C.

Mr. Bustami is an attorney in the firm’s Energy department. Prior to joining Jennings Strouss, he served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel-Energy Markets division for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Areas of Focus

  • Energy
  • Utilities
  • Public Power
  • Natural Gas
  • Litigation

Representative Engagements

While at FERC, Mr. Bustami:

  • drafted determinations addressing requests pursuant to section 205 of the Federal Power Act (FPA) and section 4 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) to establish cost-based, negotiated, and market-based rates

  • analyzed record evidence and technical materials in litigated rate proceedings and recommend options for addressing proposed changes to the terms and conditions of electricity and natural gas tariffs

  • prepared complex policy memorandum analyzing rapidly-developing issues related to the Commission’s jurisdiction over net metering facilities and practices

  • drafted order on petitions for declaratory relief pursuant to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 concerning the Commission’s jurisdiction over power sales from qualifying facilities (QFs)

  • collaborated on an industry-wide rulemaking to revise the pro forma large generator interconnection agreement

  • led a technical conference to discuss and resolve contested issues in a natural gas pipeline proceeding and achieved agreement between a pipeline and its customers

  • addressed a major complaint alleging an unauthorized abandonment of pipeline facilities in violation of section 7 of the NGA

  • researched allegations that a company had violated section 4A of the NGA, and drafted determinations on key legal issues in an enforcement proceeding

  • researched issues related to jurisdiction over hydropower sales and facilities

  • analyzed issues related to the establishment of rates for newly certificated pipelines

  • assessed requests for approval of shared facilities ownership agreements and whether time value refunds are owed where service commences before the parties’ filing is submitted

  • reviewed vast hearing record to determine whether utilities engaged in legitimate business practices during the California electric crisis of the early 2000s; recommended remedies, including refunds and disgorgement


Honors, Appointments and Awards

  • Outstanding Public Service Award, FERC (2017)


Other Languages

  • Arabic


Professional Affiliations

  • Energy Bar Association
    Member

Admitted to Practice

  • Maryland, 2016

Court Admission

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2017

Education

  • J.D., University of Maryland Carey School of Law, 2015
    Member, Moot Court Executive Board
    Student Member, Energy Bar Association
    Student Member, Maryland Bar Association
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine, Political Science, 2010
    UCI Student Affairs Journal (2009, 2010)
    Co-Founder, award-winning international travel and discussion group to explore complex issues related to an international conflict