Energy Regulatory and Administrative Proceedings
Taft attorneys regularly handle matters before state and federal regulatory authorities such as the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the North Dakota Public Service Commission, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Regulatory credibility is critically important in energy matters, and Taft has a strong reputation with the regulatory community. Our lawyers have also worked extensively on regulatory matters in other mid-American states.
Our attorneys have experience assisting clients with the following:
- Ratemaking contested cases (“rate cases” and “rate reviews”).
- Resource planning proceedings.
- Certificates of Need and/or Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity.
- Electric and gas transmission and distribution planning and routing.
- Tariff change proceedings.
- Regulatory approval of commercial transactions.
- Determinations of prudence.
- Approvals of corporate structure mergers and changes.
- Regional planning.
- Interjurisdictional allocation disputes.
Taft’s energy team also has extensive experience helping clients obtain the necessary authorizations and permits to construct electric and natural gas infrastructure, including high-voltage transmission lines, natural gas pipelines and power generation facilities. These areas include:
- Federal, state, and local routing, siting, and need permitting.
- Environmental permitting and compliance.
- Federal and state environmental reviews.
- Infrastructure rulemaking.