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Christopher J. Terhune
Christopher J. Terhune
Counsel — Energy Regulation
Counsel — Energy Regulation

Christopher J. Terhune

Christopher J. Terhune
Washington

2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037

Christopher J. Terhune

Chris’ practice focuses on federal energy regulation and energy transactions. He advises clients in both domestic and international transactions involving liquefied natural gas (LNG) sales and terminal service agreements, natural gas pipeline and gathering line service agreements, and the sale or acquisition of electric power assets. Chris has also represented liquefied natural gas exporters and importers, liquefied natural gas facility owners, natural gas pipeline owners, natural gas producers, and electric generation owners before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Department of Energy (DOE).

Experience Highlights

  • Representing the sole customer, operator, and construction manager of an LNG terminal in the Gulf Coast Region regarding terminal services agreements, natural gas supply pipeline arrangements, FERC requirements, and DOE requirements

  • Representing natural gas pipelines and producers in all areas of FERC regulation, including the negotiation of precedent agreements, filing and prosecution of certificate applications, pipeline rate and tariff matters, and rulemaking proceedings

  • Representing an Australian energy company in the purchase and sale of LNG from an LNG liquefaction facility in the Gulf Coast Region as part of a joint venture with a Japanese energy company

  • Represented an LNG supplier and gas marketer with respect to the development of an LNG receiving terminal in Singapore, including negotiation of LNG sales, terminal use, and gas sales agreements

  • Represented project developer in the negotiation of regasified LNG sales from a new floating storage and regasification unit in Old Harbour, Jamaica 

  • Represented project developer in the negotiation of regasified LNG sales from ISO containers and a new regasification terminal in Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • Representing the developer of multiple natural gas liquefaction and export facilities in the Gulf Coast Region on FERC regulation and commercial matters 

  • Represented the developer of a west coast liquefaction and export facility on regulatory matters 

  • Representing a natural gas producer in the Marcellus shale in the negotiation of gas gathering agreements 

  • Represented the owner of a compressed natural gas facility in obtaining natural gas export authorization from DOE and a finding of no jurisdiction over the compression facilities from FERC

  • Representing a Gulf Coast natural gas pipeline in Section 4 rate proceeding 

  • Representing a natural gas producer in major Midwestern pipeline Section 4 rate proceeding 

  • Represented a natural gas producer in the negotiation of precedent agreements, gathering agreements, and asset management agreements

  • Representing a natural gas exporter in the negotiation of gas supply agreements and asset management agreements 

  • Representing a natural gas producer in negotiating an interstate pipeline rate settlement including modernization cost tracker

Credentials

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2005 (Dean’s Scholar)
  • DePauw University, B.A., Chemistry magna cum laude, 2002 (Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta)
  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable James W. Haley, Jr., Court of Appeals of Virginia, 2005–2006
  • Legal 500 U.S., Energy Regulation: Oil & Gas, 2020
  • Member: Energy Bar Association; American Bar Association
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • “Case Study: Iberdrola Renewables V. Bonneville Power,” Law360, December 16, 2011 (co-author)
  • “Guide to the American Power Act,” V&E Climate Change E-communication, May 26, 2010 (co-author)
  • “DOE Announces Loan Guarantee Funding Opportunity,” V&E Energy Currents E-Comm, August 3, 2009 (co-author)
  • “Department of Energy Funding Opportunities for Clean Energy,” V&E Energy Currents E-Comm, June 16, 2009 (co-authored with John Decker)