Vinson & Elkins has extensive experience in all regulatory aspects of electric power generation and transmission. Our Electric Regulatory lawyers are well known in the industry and are routinely called on to spearhead complex, multi-billion dollar projects in markets across the nation. Our team regularly represents transmission and distribution utilities, merchant transmission companies, electric generating companies, alternative energy companies, independent power producers, and private equity and venture capital investors. Our practice comprises complex transactional, regulatory, and litigation components, which allows us to support a full range of matters for our clients, including those associated with project development, investigations, operations, mergers and acquisitions, and execution of other electric generation and transmission projects across the nation.
Scope of Regulatory Services
Our global reputation as a leading energy law
firm stems from considerable experience with many of the regulatory and
business issues affecting our wide array of clients. Our lawyers navigate power and utility sector
transactional issues involving requests for state and federal energy regulatory
authorization, including rate/tariff authorizations, requests for certification
of EWG status, and import/export permits. Our Litigation practice focuses on
rate cases, contested applications for certificates of public convenience and
necessity, requests for declaratory orders, environmental opposition, and
complaint proceedings brought by various regulatory bodies.
We represent parties in contested proceedings, as
well as parties under non-public and/or public investigation by the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement and other state
regulatory bodies. We advise clients before the Department of Energy (DOE) in obtaining grants and loan
guarantees for projects in the electric power industry, such as smart grid
technology, and to advance better manufacturing.
In addition, we represent and advise utilities and generators on compliance
with state reliability standards and the reliability standards of the North
American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).
Wide-Ranging Services to Manage Entire Projects
addition to extensive regulatory experience, V&E capitalizes on deep
industry knowledge across the firm to seamlessly coordinate all legal aspects
of a matter. For example, when engaged to assist a client with significant
greenfield development projects, it is common for that client to engage V&E
to provide support from multiple disciplines, often including a team of
attorneys with experience in regulatory, environmental, real estate, finance,
and other areas. Our lawyers
understand the regulatory and business issues affecting the development of
projects and also understand the client’s business and adapt each
approach to each individual client. We know the market and the legal nuances,
and we have the deep resources to achieve our client’s goals.