About

Steptoe & Johnson’s Public Utility and Regulatory attorneys assist clients including oil and gas producers, gas and electric utilities, alternative energy clients, and water and wastewater systems before various state public utility commissions, as well as federal regulatory agencies, including FERC.

With more than 100 years in the energy industry, our team members have served as in-house lawyers for some of the country’s largest natural gas pipelines and energy producers, and as legal counsel to various regulatory agencies, including a former Chairman of the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. This experience enables the Steptoe & Johnson team to provide clients with forward-thinking solutions aimed at solving problems before costly litigation arises, but when litigation is the only answer, our team of seasoned litigators is ready to assist.

What sets us apart

Related Practices

  • Energy Regulatory and Midstream Services (FERC)
  • Energy Litigation
  • Energy Transactions
  • Environmental and Regulatory Services
  • Government Relations
  • Public Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring and Challenged Assets
How We Have Helped
  • Determination of utility rates
  • Litigation of service disputes, antitrust issues, and appeals of agency decisions
  • Transactions (including debt and stock offerings, sales of utility property, utility service agreements, acquisitions and divestitures, etc.)
  • Proceedings for certification of new utilities and expansion of existing certificates
  • Power plant and transmission line siting
  • Legislative drafting and rulemaking
Representative Experience
  • Represented utilities and pipelines in matters related to rate, cost recovery, technical conference, rulemaking, tariff, service, expansion, abandonment, and facility construction
  • Represented a state-regulated LDC in rate, certificate, gas cost recovery (and hedging) matters before the Public Service Commission of West Virginia
  • Defended gathering and midstream companies from state commission regulation in WV and PA; and counsel clients on pipeline and utility regulation in WV, OH, PA, and KY
  • Represented a PURPA facility before FERC and WVPSC on financing and renewable energy credit (REC) disputes
  • Represented investors and private equity firms in due diligence and evaluation of state-commission regulated energy assets and gas-fired generation facilities in multiple states
  • Counseled all segments of the gas and electric industries on extent of FERC or state commission regulation in WV, KY, OH, and PA
  • Represented pipeline and electric generating facilities in siting certificate proceedings before the Public Service Commission of West Virginia
  • Drafted and negotiated energy and utility commercial and transactional agreements