The firm has an active natural gas practice before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and in business transactions involving FERC jurisdictional issues.
John Staffier has been involved for over 25 years in pipeline, LNG and storage certificate, facility siting, tariff and rate cases and rulemaking proceedings before the FERC and in the courts, as well as numerous import/export authorization proceedings before the Department of Energy (DOE). He has served as an arbitrator in a number of natural gas contract cases, as well as counsel in other arbitrations, and is experienced in settlement negotiations, contract litigation, and legal review and negotiation of gas supply and transportation contracts.
Linda Stuntz has represented local distribution companies and natural gas pipelines in certificate and rate proceedings before the FERC and in the courts. Linda also has longstanding experience in natural gas policy issues. She served as Deputy Secretary of DOE from 1992 to 1993, during which time she oversaw the development of Federal energy policy, including the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Prior to assuming the post of Deputy Secretary, Linda served in a number of other positions at DOE, including Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, and was active in the development of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Her background also includes service as the Minority Staff Director of the House Commerce Committee. In her private practice, Linda has remained active in energy and environmental policy issues affecting energy industries.
The firm also maintains a robust legislative and regulatory practice focused on the electric industry, with particular emphasis on electric reliability, transmission issues, and implementation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA), as amended. Linda Stuntz has served as an arbitrator in cases involving complex transactions in the electric power industry, including tolling agreements.
Firm attorneys participate in a wide range of proceedings before FERC, including rate cases, merger and acquisition proceedings and policy rulemakings. The firm represents the largest independent transmission company in the country on transmission development, planning and cost allocation issues and related business transactions. We advise a Canadian electric power marketer regarding FERC regulation of electricity markets. The firm has been actively engaged in both legislative and regulatory issues arising from the development and implementation of mandatory and enforceable reliability standards for the bulk power system pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
The firm brings a wealth of experience to each matter from the perspective of the government as a decisionmaker. Firm attorneys served in a variety of senior positions with the U.S. Congress or Federal agencies prior to joining the firm, including positions at the White House, the Department of Energy and the Office of Management and Budget. This experience has proven to be invaluable in helping our clients formulate and implement successful legislative and regulatory strategies.
The firm has been actively involved in all of the major Federal energy policy legislation considered since the firm’s formation in 1995. The firm has represented clients on issues including: repeal of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935; reform of PURPA; establishment of mandatory and enforceable standards for the reliability of the bulk power system; amendments to the Federal Power Act to provide incentives for transmission expansion; appliance energy efficiency standards; hydroelectric licensing reform; electric transportation; renewable energy development; royalty relief for oil and natural gas producers holding leases in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico; and capital gains tax relief for utilities divesting generation assets. The firm also is engaged on behalf of clients in environmental policy debates, including regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants; multi-pollutant control legislation; mercury and air toxics regulation; regulation of cooling water intake structures under Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act and Superfund reform. Additionally, the firm represents clients with respect to telecommunications issues.
The firm regularly represents clients on appropriations and budget issues, and advises clients with respect to the procedures and precedents of the Congress that bear on the consideration of substantive issues.
Congressional Investigations and Oversight
The firm has special expertise with Congressional investigations and oversight. Services provided in connection with these matters include participation in mock Congressional hearings; preparation of anticipated questions and suggested responses; preparation of briefing and background materials; preparation of oral and written hearing testimony; advice on House rules, procedures and privileges available to witnesses before Congressional Committees; handling discovery requests, including document review and production; and preparation of a witness for a deposition to be taken in the course of a Congressional investigation.
In addition, the firm routinely represents clients in a variety of industries in the preparation of testimony and witnesses on numerous legislative issues including appropriations matters before Senate and House Committees.