Firm News and Announcements

DWGP Attorneys to Lead Seminars on FERC Electricity 101, Compliance and Enforcement

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On November 6 and 7, 2018, attorneys fromDuncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. will lead seminars hosted by the EUCI entitled FERC Electricity 101 and FERC Compliance and Enforcement in Newport Beach, California. In these comprehensive seminars, Peter Scanlon, Sean Neal, and Andrew Art will discuss the evolution of FERC’s impact on the electric power industry, the substantive requirements with which utilities, and other participants in electricity markets, must comply, including NERC Reliability Standards, and how future requirements may change the shape of the energy landscape. The seminars are intended for participants with a wide-range of energy experience that have an interest in the growing importance of FERC regulation. For further information on the FERC Electricity 101 and FERC Compliance and Enforcement presentations, please contact us.

Lisa Gast Presents on NERC Compliance at APPA Legal Seminar

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Lisa Gast provided guidance and insight on NERC Internal Compliance Programs in her presentation at the American Public Power Association’s annual Legal and Regulatory Conference.  In her October 8, 2018 presentation, “A+ NERC Compliance,” Ms. Gast provided advice for creating from scratch, or updating, a NERC Internal Compliance Program.  From her industry experience on the expectation from NERC and Regional Entities for a robust compliance program, she provided answers to such questions as “what to include in an ICP to get extra credit from my Regional Entity and NERC?”.   For further information on NERC compliance, please contact Lisa Gast.

Rudolphi Presents on Electric Co-ops and Broadband – Regulatory Compliance and Business Law Considerations

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On Friday, Oct. 19 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, DWGP Shareholder Matthew R. Rudolphi and Mattey Consulting Principal Carol Mattey (former deputy chief of the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau) will co-present a webinar discussion on broadband regulatory and business law considerations for electric cooperatives.   The webinar is presented by the Energy Cooperative Bar Association (“ECBA”) and moderated by National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Assistant (“NRECA”) General Counsel Jessica Healy.  Topics will include FCC requirements, forming a subsidiary, or operating broadband as a division of your electric co-op, and more. Attorneys, CEOs, and employees at electric cooperatives that are considering or currently engaged in broadband are encouraged to attend.  Registration for ECBA members available here:  https://ecba.cooperative.com/events/Pages/event-registration.aspx?eventkey=d5a35759-0160-4e5a-a651-6bbb2e908666

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.”

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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.