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FERC General Counsel James Danly Nominated FERC Commissioner

On September 30, 2019, President Trump nominated James Danly, the current FERC General Counsel, to serve as a Republican Commissioner on FERC, with a term ending in 2023. Danly would fill the seat vacated by the passing of Chairman Kevin McIntyre.

Danly’s confirmation will help resolve FERC quorum issues that arose out of Commissioners Glick’s and McNamee’s recusals. The Democratic Commissioner seat vacated by Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur remains unfilled, with rumors that a Democratic nomination may not be paired with Danly’s Republican nomination.

Danly graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2013 and was an associate in the Energy Regulation and Litigation Group at the Skadden law firm prior to becoming FERC’s General Counsel in September 2017. He has spoken publicly about his philosophy of the “humble regulator,” whereby FERC should not use the full extent of its jurisdiction.

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Ruta Skučas Energy Electric Natural Gas Attorney
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Ruta Skučas counsels her clients on energy issues, focusing primarily on electric and natural gas matters, before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state and federal entities, including federal courts and state public utility commissions. Her clients range from financial institutions and power marketers to traditional utilities.

Ruta's clients benefit from her years of experience working at FERC. Following graduation from law school, she served as law clerk to several FERC Administrative...

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Andrew Kaplan focuses his practice on providers of energy storage, demand response, ancillary services, and electricity and gas transmission and supply, both in the wholesale and retail markets. He regularly represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Independent System Operators/Regional Transmission Operators (NYISO, ISO-NE, PJM, Midcontinent ISO, California ISO, SPP and ERCOT), and many state public utility commissions. Andrew has won significant rulings before FERC that helped to pave the way for growth among leaders in the energy storage industry.

With more than 25 years of energy law experience, Andrew acts as a strategic advisor to companies seeking private equity, venture capital, and government loans, and provides legal and business guidance to help obtain key U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) loans, state grants, and incentive tax credits/production tax credits for renewable projects. He also helps facilitate the approval process for federal, state, and local permits, assuring compliance with state siting and grid interconnection requirements.

Andrew’s unique experience as both a private practice attorney and as general counsel and chief of staff with the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy (now the Department of Public Utilities) provides significant value to his clients, by offering them a deep understanding of the regulatory process and how regulators are likely to rule on particular issues. Given this background, Andrew is often asked to advise regulatory commissions globally on issues pertaining to electric deregulation and the maintenance of power quality criteria. 

Professional Activities

  • Energy Storage Association
  • New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners
  • National Association of Regulatory Commissioners; Committees on Law, Electricity and Natural Gas
  • Boston Bar Association Telecommunications and Energy Committee
  • American Bar Association Committee on Administrative Law
  • Vice Chair, City Year Legal Community Leadership Committee for City Year's annual Boston's Legal Community Breakfast
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