Legal Services

Jennings Strouss offers a full spectrum of legal and consulting services in energy and utility law. Our energy team includes energy and utility professionals who provide counsel and advice in the electric, natural gas, hydroelectric, and renewable energy sectors of the industry.

We are proud of the long-standing relationships we have built over the years with clients, many of which extend back several decades and include:

  • municipally-owned electric, gas, and water utilities
  • public power agencies
  • natural gas shippers
  • rural electric cooperatives (generation and transmission, and local distribution)
  • wholesale purchasers of power
  • renewable and alternative energy project developers and producers
  • industrial and commercial energy customers
  • the district heating and cooling industry

Comprehensive Experience
Our attorneys practice extensively before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state utility commissions, the Department of Transportation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and state and federal courts. We also engage in formal and informal alternative dispute resolution. In addition, significant components of our representation include corporate counseling, including project development, system operations, natural gas supply and contracting, bulk power and transmission supply and contracting, and interfacing with Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs).

Our electric representation involves every manner of electric utility regulation and deregulation, including energy market tariffs and business practices, independent system operators (ISOs) and RTOs, and project development and power supply contracts. We represent our clients in administrative and judicial proceedings involving a wide range of electric issues, including regulated cost allocations and transmission rate design, challenges to market-based rate authority, mergers and acquisitions, FERC and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance and enforcement, and administrative rulemaking proceedings.

Our natural gas representation encompasses nearly every aspect of the natural gas industry. Our attorneys have over decades of experience in negotiating and enforcing gas purchase and transportation contracts, and representing clients before the FERC on matters involving transportation rates, rulemakings, Natural Gas Act (NGA) Sec. 5 complaints, contract enforcement, and pipeline certificate and tariff issues.

Our hydroelectric and renewable energy experience includes projects involving water, solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal resources. Clients rely on us to help them plan, evaluate, site, permit, and develop renewable energy projects across the nation. Our attorneys have extensive experience negotiating interconnection agreements, joint ownership and development agreements, project operation agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and rights to renewable energy credits.

Serving the Business Needs of Utilities
Jennings Strouss recognizes that a primary need of utilities is comprehensive business representation on business matters. The combination of the firm’s robust energy, corporate, and litigation practices offers capabilities specifically tailored to the business of utilities. Our team includes knowledgeable attorneys with the business and legal experience to handle corporate, financing, real estate and eminent domain, litigation and dispute resolution, tax and ERISA, and labor and employment matters for utilities.

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