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Electric Grid Security & Compliance

Consistently named the World’s Leading Energy law Firm” by Euromoney* (1995–present), Vinson & Elkins’ Energy Regulatory practice brings a range of experience — litigation skills, transactional knowledge, and an understanding of varying regulatory regimes — to whatever the regulatory challenge may be. For decades, we have successfully represented our clients before numerous federal agencies and related entities, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Texas Reliability Entity (Texas RE), and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

Our team focuses on the representation of energy clients, including counseling and representing clients in connection with the federal and state regulation of electric utilities, federal and state development and enforcement of physical and cyber electric reliability standards, and implementation of smart grid initiatives.

* Based upon the number of lawyers named in the Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Lawyers.

Experience Highlights

  • Assists entities in evaluating possible violations

  • Assisted a registered entity in preparing for its first NERC/Regional Entity audit evaluating its compliance with multiple NERC Reliability Standards

  • Represented a client in negotiating resolutions to potential violations of NERC Reliability Standards

  • Assisted entity in conducting self-evaluations of its compliance with various NERC Reliability Standards

  • Represented utility in Regional Entity spot checks of compliance with specified NERC Reliability Standards

  • Assisted a utility in preparing for NERC/Regional Entity audits of its compliance with Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) and Operations and Planning Reliability Standards 

  • Represented client in resolution of possible violations with regulator