Representative Matters

  • When FERC denied her client’s motion to intervene in a hydroelectric project re-licensing proceeding and refused to look at evidence presented by the client that a far superior project was possible for the same part of the river, Rebecca helped win an appeal vacating FERC’s decision to issue a new license to the incumbent licensee.  Green Island Power Authority v. FERC, 577 F.3d 148 (2d Cir. 2009).
  • On behalf of the Transmission Access Policy Study Group, Rebecca participated extensively before NERC and FERC in the revision of NERC’s definition of the Bulk Electric System, providing greater clarity about the scope of entities’ compliance obligations and securing exclusions of some system configurations that are not necessary to grid reliability.  She has been equally involved in NERC’s Risk-Based Registration effort, which will tailor entities’ compliance obligations more closely to their impact on grid reliability, remove some low-risk entities’ compliance obligations altogether, and eliminate certain registration categories that serve a market (as opposed to reliability) function.  FERC Orders Nos. 743 and 773.
  • Rebecca represented the Burlington Electric Department in its acquisition of the Chace Mill hydroelectric project, including litigation under PURPA as well as the federal law aspects of the transfer itself.  Winooski One Partnership, 148 FERC ¶ 62,169 (2014); City of Burlington, Vt., 145 FERC ¶ 61,121 (2013).