Firm News and Announcements

Sean Neal presented on Critical Energy Infrastructure Information Considerations at the State and Federal Level at the APPA 2019 Legal and Regulatory Conference

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DWGP Attorney Sean Neal discussed how ensuring that sensitive information is protected concerning key infrastructure is a priority of public power systems at APPA’s October 2019 Legal and Regulatory Conference in Portland, Oregon.  He described how law, regulations, and industry practice have defined Critical Energy Infrastructure, and the limitations of such designations under the Freedom of Information Act and state public records acts.  In addition, he outlined how definitions of critical infrastructure used in reliability compliance regimes interplay with definitions used in other legal regimes. For more information, please contact Sean Neal.

Bhaveeta Mody Presented on FERC’s Electric Transmission Incentives Policy at APPA National Conference

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On June 11, 2019, DWGP Attorney Bhaveeta K. Mody presented on the topic of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) electric transmission incentives regulations and policy (Incentives Policy) at the American Public Power Association’s National Conference in Austin, Texas.
 
Ms. Mody discussed FERC’s implementation of its current Incentives Policy as established in FERC Order No. 679. Order No. 679 was issued pursuant to the mandates of the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, which added a new Section 219 to the Federal Power Act, directing FERC to promulgate a rule providing incentive-based rates for electric transmission for the purpose of benefitting consumers through increased reliability and lower costs of power.

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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.

Derek Dyson Presented on the Implications of Grid Modernization for Tribal Communities

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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.