Firm News and Announcements
DWGP Attorney Kristen Connolly McCullough presented at the Fall Workshop put on by one of the six designated North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Regional Entities, ReliabilityFirst. She was invited to speak on how environmental and other regulatory changes to the grid are challenging compliance managers in new ways. She walked through the impacts each of these changing grid characteristics has on the ability to plan and model, as well as see the grid in real-time to maintain the reliability and resilience of the grid. She identified opportunities to adapt and modernize the grid, including the recent announcement by the Department of Energy to establish the North American Energy Resilience Model (NAERM). She ended with an example of the reliability implications created for compliance managers at the intersection of environmental policies, advancing technologies, and standards not being able to keep up with the changing grid characteristics. Specifically, she addressed the loss of solar resources during transmission disturbances due to inverter settings. For more information, please contact Kristen Connolly McCullough.
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.
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.