Firm News and Announcements

NTUA Advances Projects to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Navajo Nation and the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) are committed to extending utilities to the homes of Navajo Nation families to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. On August 16, the Navajo Nation (NN) announced the funding it would provide to NTUA to construct utility projects eligible under the United States CARES Act by December 28, 2020. NTUA has mobilized to complete as many projects as possible. 

NTUA’s Home Interconnection Program:

NTUA has officially surpassed the original goal of connecting 510 homes to the electric grid. This is a huge achievement for NTUA electric line crews - to extend electricity to over 510 homes in a little over three months. Once the NN CARES Act legislation was passed and approved, teams went to work to build powerlines. Each week, including weekends and holidays, the NTUA crews concentrated on extending electricity to as many homes as possible -- with 510 homes being the primary goal. As of this update, the total connections by NTUA was 541 families!

As of December 16th, the actual number of Navajo homes connected was 579 which includes: NTUA - 541, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative - 22, and Jemez Mountain Electric Cooperative - 16. 

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DWGP Highlights the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority's Renewable Energy Development Efforts that Bring New Economic Opportunity to the Navajo Nation

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While utilities are taking strides in transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy, it is important to showcase recent renewable development initiatives by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA).  Please visit NTUA's webpage, which illustrates NTUA’s progress in utilizing solar development as an economic opportunity driver in low income and high unemployment communities. 

DWGP represents NTUA on renewable matters and related development initiatives.  DWGP also represents other clients in the development of renewable resources, and keeps our eyes focused on ways to bring economic benefits not only to our clients but to the surrounding communities as well.  For more information, please contact Derek Dyson.

DWGP is a Proud Sponsor of the 2020 NRECA G&T Legal Seminar

This week, DWGP was pleased to once again to sponsor the annual NRECA G&T Legal Seminar.  This year, due to the ongoing health crisis, the conference was held for the first time in a virtual format.  The three-day online event brought together thought leaders to discuss the most current regulatory, legislative, financial, and judicial information.  In addition to offering substantive content relevant to G&T utilities, the conference always provides a welcome opportunity to visit with our cooperative friends.  This year was no exception, and on Thursday night, we gathered via Zoom to participate in a Mozzarella making contest.

DWGP Attorneys Presented on FERC, Reliability, and Enforcement


On September 9 and 10, 2020, DWGP attorneys presented a course through EUCI on FERC regulatory oversight, reliability and compliance.  Specifically, Peter Scanlon, Lisa Gast, Sean Neal, and Lauren Perkins, presented on the topics of FERC 101, Reliability Compliance and Enforcement, and FERC Enforcement and Audits.  DWGP is proud to continue its collaboration with EUCI, several years running, in presenting timely and informative subject matter to industry participants.

For more information, please contact Peter Scanlon, Lisa Gast, Sean Neal, or Lauren Perkins.

Matthew Rudolphi Completes Service as Energy Bar President

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DWGP congratulates Matt Rudolphi for a successful year as President of the Energy Bar Association (EBA).  In serving as EBA President, Matt oversaw the energy industry’s preeminent organization committed to promoting the excellence of energy attorneys, professionals and students within the legal, regulatory, and political realm.  During his tenure, Matt worked to advance EBA’s strategic goals of: (1) building and growing a regional focus, (2) optimizing membership strategies, (3) enhancing content and its accessibility, and (4) expanding participation and leadership opportunities.  Under Matt’s leadership EBA established, fostered, and received initial reports from three new affinity groups: the Energy Professionals Council, the Masters Council, and the In-House Counsel Task Force.  EBA greatly benefitted from Matt’s stewardship, and we are proud to have him as a valued member of the DWGP team.

Matt Rudolphi Presented on Regulation of Broadband by FCC

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On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, DWGP Shareholder Matthew R. Rudolphi  presented on the Regulatory Overview panel at the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association’s (“TVPPA”) “Fiber University” conference.  Mr. Rudolphi’s presentation provided an overview of FCC regulation of broadband and voice providers, with specific emphasis on the particular periodic filing requirements.   The Fiber University conference provides a venue for public power utilities to share experiences and learn from subject matter experts in technology, law, finance, and marketing of broadband systems.  For more information or to request a copy of his presentation, please contact Matt Rudolphi.