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James Danly Renominated as FERC Commissioner

The White House has renominated James Danly to serve as Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Danly, a Republican, currently serves as FERC’s general counsel.  Danly was first nominated by President Trump on September 30, 2019 to fulfill the remainder of the late Chairman Kevin McIntyre’s term, expiring June 30, 2023.  Danly’s testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on November 5, 2019 was favorably reported. However, his nomination lapsed on January 3, 2020 and was returned to the White House for renomination when the Senate did not act on it prior to the end of 2019.

Danly’s nomination today is not currently paired with a Democratic nomination to fill the seat left vacant by Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur’s departure in August 2019. With Commissioner McNamee’s recent announcement that he will not seek renomination when his term ends on June 30, 2020, the future of FERC’s quorum is again called into question.

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Valerie L. Green Pierce Atwood Partner DC  Energy Energy Infrastructure Project Development  Finance Litigation
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Valerie Green focuses her practice on natural gas, electricity, renewable energy, and regulatory and compliance issues involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other administrative agencies. Clients rely on Valerie’s responsiveness, attention to detail, and deep knowledge of regulatory process and precedent in proceedings involving administrative litigation, compliance audits and investigations, and in appellate litigation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Valerie’s focus on coalition and consensus building in situations involving...

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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.

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