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Matthew L. Bly

Associate

Mr. Bly’s practice focuses on representing public power entities, municipalities and rural electric cooperatives, states and state agencies, and large energy users in administrative litigation and settlement proceedings, appeals of agency decisions, and in various other state and federal matters concerning energy and environmental regulations and rulemakings, enforcement actions, and commercial interests. Since joining the Firm, Mr. Bly has been involved in representations before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Ninth Circuit, and various state regulatory commissions. He also currently serves as Vice Chair of the Energy Bar Association’s State Commission Practice Committee.

Mr. Bly is frequently called upon to analyze issues arising under the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and various state energy industry restructuring statues, among others. He has represented clients before federal and state agencies on a broad range of matters affecting the domestic energy industry, including issues related to the establishment of just and reasonable rates, tariffs, and practices; contract negotiation and interpretation; methods and measures affecting utility depreciation rates; mergers and acquisitions, open and transparent transmission planning and utility investment practices; open access requirements; federal and state jurisdictional authority; governance, restructuring, and expansion of Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators; incentives to increase integration of renewable resources, greenhouse gas regulations, and other efforts to reduce carbon emissions; the operation of competitive wholesale energy markets; implementation and compliance with market power mitigation rules, ensuring adequate grid capacity, resiliency, and reliability, and a variety of other complex matters relating to energy market design and the trading and marketing of energy and capacity products in organized wholesale electricity markets.

Mr. Bly has significant experience representing clients in multi-party settlement negotiations and in complex administrative litigation proceedings. With respect to settlement proceedings, in cases before FERC regarding utility requests to increase electric transmission rates, Mr. Bly regularly serves as the lead negotiator for a large and diverse coalition of entities representing the utility’s electric transmission customers. These negotiations have been successful, resulting in settlement agreements that produce substantial savings for clients. Mr. Bly has also obtained positive outcomes for his clients through litigation in proceedings involving electric rates and tariffs, gas rates and tariffs, and utility mergers. In these proceedings, Mr. Bly has successfully litigated numerous complex and novel issues by engaging in effective motions practice, working closely with clients and technical consultants to develop compelling testimony, targeted discovery, and strategic cross-examination, and through his ability to brief the issues and arguments in a succinct and persuasive manner. In addition to his experience with administrative litigation, Mr. Bly also represents clients in appellate actions before the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Mr. Bly joined the Firm in 2015 as a Summer Associate, continued with the Firm thereafter as a Law Clerk, and became an Associate Attorney at the Firm in 2016. Before joining the Firm, Mr. Bly worked as a Law Clerk for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”), where he drafted agreements between NERC and third parties, monitored and provided reports to NERC counsel regarding reliability-related impacts associated with legislative and regulatory developments at the state and federal level, and analyzed NERC’s reliability regulations as part of NERC’s continuing efforts to identify and resolve potential gaps and unwarranted redundancies.
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. 2016
  • Walsh University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 2013
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member of The George Washington Law School Journal of Energy and Environmental Law
  • Winner of the Dentons 2016 Gilbert A. Cuneo Government Contracts Moot Court Competition
  • Quarter-Finalist in the 2016 Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
  • Dean’s Fellow for The George Washington University Law School’s Research and Writing Program
  • Writing Fellow for The George Washington University Law School’s Research and Writing Program
  • Mock Trial Board Member for The George Washington University Law School
  • Moot Court Board Member for The George Washington University Law School
  • Walsh University Honors Program, Presidential Scholar
  • Walsh University Men’s Soccer, Team Captain
  • Energy Bar Association
  • State Commission Practice Committee – Vice Chair

Overview

Mr. Bly’s practice focuses on representing public power entities, municipalities and rural electric cooperatives, states and state agencies, and large energy users in administrative litigation and settlement proceedings, appeals of agency decisions, and in various other state and federal matters concerning energy and environmental regulations and rulemakings, enforcement actions, and commercial interests. Since joining the Firm, Mr. Bly has been involved in representations before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Ninth Circuit, and various state regulatory commissions. He also currently serves as Vice Chair of the Energy Bar Association’s State Commission Practice Committee.

Mr. Bly is frequently called upon to analyze issues arising under the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and various state energy industry restructuring statues, among others. He has represented clients before federal and state agencies on a broad range of matters affecting the domestic energy industry, including issues related to the establishment of just and reasonable rates, tariffs, and practices; contract negotiation and interpretation; methods and measures affecting utility depreciation rates; mergers and acquisitions, open and transparent transmission planning and utility investment practices; open access requirements; federal and state jurisdictional authority; governance, restructuring, and expansion of Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators; incentives to increase integration of renewable resources, greenhouse gas regulations, and other efforts to reduce carbon emissions; the operation of competitive wholesale energy markets; implementation and compliance with market power mitigation rules, ensuring adequate grid capacity, resiliency, and reliability, and a variety of other complex matters relating to energy market design and the trading and marketing of energy and capacity products in organized wholesale electricity markets.

Mr. Bly has significant experience representing clients in multi-party settlement negotiations and in complex administrative litigation proceedings. With respect to settlement proceedings, in cases before FERC regarding utility requests to increase electric transmission rates, Mr. Bly regularly serves as the lead negotiator for a large and diverse coalition of entities representing the utility’s electric transmission customers. These negotiations have been successful, resulting in settlement agreements that produce substantial savings for clients. Mr. Bly has also obtained positive outcomes for his clients through litigation in proceedings involving electric rates and tariffs, gas rates and tariffs, and utility mergers. In these proceedings, Mr. Bly has successfully litigated numerous complex and novel issues by engaging in effective motions practice, working closely with clients and technical consultants to develop compelling testimony, targeted discovery, and strategic cross-examination, and through his ability to brief the issues and arguments in a succinct and persuasive manner. In addition to his experience with administrative litigation, Mr. Bly also represents clients in appellate actions before the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Mr. Bly joined the Firm in 2015 as a Summer Associate, continued with the Firm thereafter as a Law Clerk, and became an Associate Attorney at the Firm in 2016. Before joining the Firm, Mr. Bly worked as a Law Clerk for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”), where he drafted agreements between NERC and third parties, monitored and provided reports to NERC counsel regarding reliability-related impacts associated with legislative and regulatory developments at the state and federal level, and analyzed NERC’s reliability regulations as part of NERC’s continuing efforts to identify and resolve potential gaps and unwarranted redundancies.

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. 2016
  • Walsh University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 2013

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Honors

  • Member of The George Washington Law School Journal of Energy and Environmental Law
  • Winner of the Dentons 2016 Gilbert A. Cuneo Government Contracts Moot Court Competition
  • Quarter-Finalist in the 2016 Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
  • Dean’s Fellow for The George Washington University Law School’s Research and Writing Program
  • Writing Fellow for The George Washington University Law School’s Research and Writing Program
  • Mock Trial Board Member for The George Washington University Law School
  • Moot Court Board Member for The George Washington University Law School
  • Walsh University Honors Program, Presidential Scholar
  • Walsh University Men’s Soccer, Team Captain

Organizations

  • Energy Bar Association
  • State Commission Practice Committee – Vice Chair