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Andrea Chambers’ practice focuses on energy regulation and project finance. She has 30 years' experience on matters before the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) and has advised clients regarding wholesale electric energy markets, natural gas pipelines, electric transmission facilities, storage infrastructure, ratemaking, and tariffs.

Transactional Experience

  • Provided strategic regulatory advice regarding federal and state approvals for implementing internal reorganization designed to facilitate a portfolio financing of nearly all of the company’s renewable projects.
  • Guided client in regulatory approvals for internal corporate restructuring involving establishing new SPV to transfer ownership of four different gas-fired generation assets in preparation for sale of assets.
  • Aided clients in achieving functional unbundling of gas-fired and hydro generation assets from transmission and establishing independent transmission to operate transmission system on a non-discriminatory basis and administer least-cost bid-based energy auction markets while allowing owners of generation and transmission to retain ownership and control of such assets.
  • Represented client in all regulatory aspects of self-generation incentive program and demand energy resource asset payment under California law and all federal regulatory issues in landmark transaction for financing of a portfolio of battery storage systems in California.
  • Obtained approvals for transfer of control of jurisdictional assets at state and federal levels in support of transactions for purchases and sales of renewable and fossil-fired generation.
  • Advised client in financing involving distributed energy solar resources under state incentive programs.

Natural Gas Experience

  • Served as counsel to an association of natural gas shippers on regulatory issues.
  • Actively participated in FERC hearing and settlement proceedings involving natural gas transportation rates on behalf of large LDCs.
  • Represented underground storage project in obtaining certificate approvals.
  • Conducted annual FERC compliance training and establishes in-house compliance programs for natural gas producers, traders and end-users.
  • Prepared comments on industry-wide rulemakings regarding income tax allowances and price indices.
  • Served as in-house counsel for combined natural gas and electric company advising five pipeline company subsidiaries on natural gas certificate, rate, and compliance issues.

Electric Industry Experience

  • Advised multiple electric industry clients regarding power sales and transmission contracts, obtaining market-based rate authorizations and merger approvals, filing for EWG status and QF filings.
  • Advised interconnecting geothermal and wind developers regarding all aspects of generation interconnection procedures, including interconnections in all ISO and RTO markets.
  • Advised LNG development client on issues regarding development of new liquefied natural gas facilities, including DOE and FERC approvals.
  • Served as lead litigation counsel for various entities in connection with the California Energy Crisis litigation and also related Pacific Northwest Proceedings regarding allegations of market manipulation.
  • Prepared internal enforcement compliance manuals for electric utilities, providing compliance training and defended clients in enforcement proceedings.
  • Served as lead litigation counsel for Missouri electric utility in proceedings regarding reactive power payments.
  • Represented power marketing entity in case involving capacity payments in organized markets.
  • Guided Florida utility in formation of Transco and obtaining merger approvals.
  • Represented investor in energy projects regarding regulatory aspects of asset sale.
  • Advised financial institution in providing third-party clearing services to RTO.
  • Counseled NERC sub-regional council regarding dispatch procedures.
  • Represented mid-western electric utility regarding open access transmission, including compliance with Order 1000, preparing transmission service agreements and interconnection agreements, and all aspects of transmission planning and NERC compliance, including filing of tariffs to establish ITO.
  • Acted as regulatory counsel to eight utilities in NY in obtaining regulatory approvals for start-up of the NYISO, including filing of transmission and market tariffs.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Former Treasurer and Secretary and current Member of the Energy Bar Association
  • Board Member and former President of the Northeast Chapter of the EBA
  • Member of the Women's Energy Network
  • Member of the Women's Council of Energy and the Environment

Previous Experience

  • Ms. Chambers served as a law clerk at FERC and in that capacity received the FERC Certificate for Outstanding Performance.
  • Through in-house counsel and peer nomination, Ms. Chambers was listed in the 7th edition of the Women in Business Law guide as one of the leading energy and natural resources practitioners in the world.
  • Washington DC Super Lawyer, Energy & Natural Resources (2013-2019)