Firm News and Announcements

Walter W. Haase, General Manager of the Navajo Nation Tribal Utility Authority Named Visionary of the Year

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On July 10, 2018, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (“SEPA”) recognized Walter W. Haase, General Manager of the Navajo Nation Tribal Utility Authority (“NTUA”) as the 2018 Visionary of the Year. The award, presented by DWGP President Jeff Genzer, recognizes Mr. Haase’s efforts in developing the Kayenta Solar Project, the Navajo Nation’s first large-scale solar project with an output of 27.3 megawatts of solar-generated energy. Through the development of this project, members of the Navajo Nation have been able to gain access to renewable energy at low cost, in addition to providing them with jobs in developing, constructing and operating the renewable energy facility. The SEPA judges noted that “Wally is the right person for this tough transition from fossil fuels to renewable generation. He’s able to both see the future and has the standing within the community to ensure that this renewable project got built.”

SEPA provides industry and general public recognition to utilities, their industry partners, individuals and other stakeholders that are on the front lines of energy transformation in the United States.

DWGP congratulates Mr. Haase and NTUA for this pioneering achievement and the SEPA Award.

DWGP represents NTUA in energy development matters on and off the Navajo Nation. For more information on the Kayenta Solar Project, tribal energy issues, energy development initiatives and other transactional matters, please contact Derek Dyson or others at DWGP.

Gray Elected Energy Law Journal Business Manager

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The Board of Directors of the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal (“FELJ”) has elected DWGP Shareholder Jason T. Gray as the new Business Manager of the Energy Law Journal.  As Business Manager, Gray will lead efforts to ensure the financial health and well-being of the Foundation and Journal.  Since its first publication in May 1980, the Energy Law Journal has become a preeminent energy publication, providing thought-provoking and deeply researched articles by practitioners, internationally known academics, federal judges, high ranking government officials and members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Genzer Provides Federal Perspective at “Wisconsin Energy Innovation Summit”

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On May 24, 2018, Jeff Genzer spoke at the inaugural Wisconsin Energy Innovation Summit in Madison, Wisconsin. Jeff’s speech was entitled “The Federal Perspective and a State’s Role in Energy Planning, Policy and Programs.” He offered insights about changes in energy and electricity policy in Washington, D.C., as well as the changing role of the states and the federal government. Jeff also provided an update on federal spending for a variety of energy programs. Finally, he described energy planning approaches in the states and territories.

If you want more information, please contact Jeff Genzer.

Rudolphi Elected Energy Bar President

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The Energy Bar Association (EBA) has elected DWGP Shareholder Matthew R. Rudolphi as the new President of its 2018-2019 Board of Directors at EBA’s Annual Meeting & Conference, held this year on May 8, 2018.

The Energy Bar Association is the "pre-eminent provider of educational programming, networking opportunities, and information resources in the energy law sector", said Rudolphi, who practices energy law as a Shareholder with the firm. “To be chosen to lead this prestigious organization is a distinct honor. I look forward to working with our dedicated board, staff and member volunteers to improve value for EBA’s geographically diverse membership, optimize how members join and maintain the association, enhance EBA programming content value and accessibility, and expand EBA participation and leadership opportunities. I hope to build on the advances made by my predecessors toward making EBA a more diverse and inclusive association, encouraging members to take on a renewed level of engagement in the association, and challenging them to become Ambassadors for our association”.

We look forward on seeing the many accomplishments Matt will achieve this year as the President of EBA.

The Energy Bar Association Western Chapter meeting

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Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C., attorneys Sean M. Neal and Matthew R. Rudolphi attended the Energy Bar Association Western Chapter meeting held in San Francisco, February 22 and 23rd. Joining Sean and Matt was 2017 DWGP law clerk Lauren Perkins. Matt, in his capacity as President-Elect of the EBA board, opened the meeting with an address discussing the national board’s goals for the next year. Other presentations made during the meeting covered significant issues impacting the West. The meeting also provided an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, including CPUC attorneys Traci L. Bone and Leuwam Tesfi, pictured here with Sean, Matt and Lauren.

Bob Weinberg Honored with ‘Miracle Mile’ Award


On February 22nd, Bob Weinberg was presented with the ‘Miracle Mile’ Award by Allegheny Electric Cooperative.  Frank Betley, the CEO of Allegheny, and Dave Dulick, Allegheny’s General Counsel, came to Washington, D.C. to present Bob with the award. The award recognizes Bob’s 43+ years of service to Allegheny and its members.