Background - Practices (Details)

Energy Regulatory


Crowell & Moring excels at guiding energy clients through a complex and constantly changing regulatory environment. The firm’s energy attorneys have been consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which recently described them as “one of the top choices for Independent Power Producers (IPPs) looking for FERC counsel.” Citing “excellent strategic planning,” Chambers USA praises the firm’s energy attorneys because “they understand how the regulatory side affects investment.” Electric, natural gas, LNG, and oil companies rely on the firm’s energy attorneys for support in myriad regulatory issues arising in public utility development and operations, electricity markets, natural gas transportation and storage, M&A and debt and equity financing transactions and related due diligence. 

The firm helps these clients navigate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on all issues arising under the United States statutes that are enforced by FERC, including the Federal Power Act (FPA), the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 (PUHCA), the Natural Gas Act (NGA), the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), the Natural Gas Policy Act (NGPA), and the Interstate Commerce Act (ICA). We also appear regularly before state regulatory commissions, litigate successfully in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and address complex regulatory issues at every level in order to meet our clients’ business objectives.

Crowell & Moring provides FERC regulatory services in the following areas:


  • Market-Based Rate Authority
  • FPA § 205 Authorization
  • FPA § 203 Approvals
  • Exempt Wholesale Generator Status
  • Qualifying Facility Status
  • Reactive Power Compensation
  • Electric Quarterly Reports
  • Interlocking Positions
  • Electricity Storage
  • Ancillary Services
  • Electricity Markets
  • Transmission Planning and Operations
  • Public Utility Reporting Requirements

Natural Gas, LNG, and Oil

  • NGA Certificates and Blanket Certificates
  • Pipeline Abandonment
  • FERC Natural Gas Tariffs
  • NGA § 7(f) Proceedings
  • NGA § 4 Rate Proceedings
  • Negotiated and Discounted Rates
  • Capacity Release
  • Natural Gas Service Agreements
  • NGA § 5 Complaint Proceedings
  • NGA § 5 Complaint Proceedings
  • Natural Gas Storage
  • LNG Projects
  • Natural Gas Company Reporting Requirements
  • Oil Pipeline Tariffs and Rate Proceedings