Firm News and Announcements
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.
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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.
Michael Postar moderated a panel addressing the Southwest Power Pool’s Western Energy Imbalance Service market proposal at American Public Power Association’s Legal and Regulatory Virtual Conference on October 14, 2020.
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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, Clarence Hawkes III, 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, Clarence Hawkes III, or Lauren Perkins
Kristen Connolly McCullough was the invited speaker to the July 14, 2020 meeting of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) Electricity Committee. During this meeting, Ms. Connolly McCullough presented on FERC and State Return on Equity (ROE) Policy
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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.
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.
On Friday, December 7, 2018, Derek Dyson presented to the National Conference of State Legislatures Capitol Forum on Grid Modernization, with a focus on electrification and bringing water services to tribal communities. Mr. Dyson specifically addressed work with the Navajo Nation and identified opportunities for legislators to help ensure that basic electric and water services are provided to tribal communities. Founded in 1975, the National Conference of State Legislatures supports state legislatures by providing tools, information and resources to allow them to craft solutions for complex problems. Mr. Dyson is shareholder at DWGP and serves as counsel to the Navajo Nation Tribal Utility Authority.