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Bracewell's Energy Regulatory Group represents clients in all aspects of power generation and transmission regulation, licensing and ratemaking. With decades of experience practicing within and before state, federal and international energy regulatory agencies, our lawyers know how to make regulation work for and not against our clients’ interests.
The group's attorneys and non-attorney regulatory consultants, together with the firm's white-collar crime and regulatory investigations group, have experience in representing clients before the Department of Energy (DOE), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in regulation, compliance and enforcement cases. Our attorneys and consultants have practiced within and before federal and state energy regulatory and enforcement agencies for over 50 years. Our clients benefit from the trust our lawyers and consultants have developed with decision-makers and staff of these agencies.
We defend energy companies and traders in civil and criminal investigations and litigation under the Natural Gas Act, Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978, Federal Power Act and Commodity Exchange Act, as well as under state competition and unfair business practices laws. Our lawyers regularly counsel energy companies in disputes involving oil, gas and power contracts and other agreements, rates and tariffs, and other marketing and trading issues.
Our Work on Behalf of Energy Clients
The firm’s experience extends to representing utilities and energy suppliers in mergers and acquisitions, and federal and state rate and enforcement rulemakings and adjudications. Our regulatory and compliance services extend to:
- permitting and licensing of all aspects of power and natural gas supply
- administrative and civil investigations and orders to show cause
- electric generator interconnections
- natural gas quality and interchangeability standards
- electric utility and natural gas pipeline tariffs, rate schedules and certificates
- analysis of market power issues and preparation of applications, including renewals, for market pricing of sales of energy and natural gas
- ensuring access to electric utility and natural gas pipeline services
- structuring and bidding in open-season auctions of transmission and pipeline capacity
- defending enforcement or complaint actions against energy clients
Compliance Manuals, Training in Best Practices and Enforcement Matters
Bracewell specializes in working with electric and gas utility clients in developing best practices and implementing those practices through compliance and education programs. For scores of clients the firm has prepared compliance manuals and materials that address the requirements of all federal, state and tribal authorities. We provide periodic updates to these materials to assure that our clients are always current. Central to these representations we provide on-site or Internet training sessions for client employees regarding regulatory compliance and enforcement.
We Know Energy®
Energy Compliance Network
Bracewell administers the Energy Compliance Network (ECN). ECN is an ad hoc industry group that monitors energy compliance and enforcement matters at FERC, CFTC and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). The group is comprised of corporations interested in compliance with energy trading requirements. Bracewell hosts periodic ECN meetings in its Washington, Houston and New York offices and arranges for speakers from government and industry to address the group on topical compliance and enforcement matters. We keep the group apprised of significant agency orders in the compliance and enforcement areas through a private extranet created for ECN members.
Energy Legal Blog®
Powered by the attorneys of Bracewell, the Energy Legal Blog® is an online resource for updates and analysis on national and regional energy issues. Energy Legal Blog® has enjoyed an increasing readership for nearly a decade. Visit the blog at www.energylegalblog.com.
What They Say About Bracewell LLP
According to Chambers and Partners guide, Bracewell is “An excellent firm. It has a good cross-section of experienced energy regulatory attorneys who are easy to work with and extremely responsive to the client's needs." Bracewell is recommended for client service and for commercial awareness. Commenters note “their particular strengths are strategy and door opening.”
"This brilliant group’s expertise in the natural gas and LNG sectors combines the regulatory, commercial and finance acumen in its Texas and Washington, DC offices to provide well-rounded industry counsel.” In regulatory, legislative, compliance and enforcement matters, lawyers work alongside the firm’s white-collar crime and compliance teams to monitor developments at FERC, the CFTC and the Public Utility Commission of Texas. The firm’s energy trading capability is a drawing card for blue-chip clients and the energy trading divisions of investment banks and financial institutions, and in energy dispute matters the Texas commercial litigation group tackles antitrust, oil and gas and securities matters and hydrocarbon patent and IP claims. Interviewees praised its "great understanding of the history and people in the natural gas regulatory environment.”