Before joining Covington as head of its energy regulatory practice, William Massey served as a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for over ten years. Resident in Covington’s Washington, DC office, Mr. Massey has a high profile, broad-based energy regulatory and government affairs practice. He has extensive experience with complex regulatory issues before FERC and state utility commissions, and with energy legislative matters before Congress and state general assemblies. He is recognized by Chambers USA andChambers Global, Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500 US for Energy, and as aWashington, DC Super Lawyer. Mr. Massey advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, enforcement and investigations, electricity and natural gas markets, energy exports, wholesale and retail market structure, transmission and pipeline infrastructure investments and tariffs, RTO market rules, and legislative strategy at the federal and state levels. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.
With potential liabilities in excess of $30 billion stemming from a series of deadly wildfires that ignited across Northern California in 2017 and 2018, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and its holding company PG&E Corp. (PG&E) filed for Chapter 11 relief in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday. … Continue Reading
Carbon pricing is seen by many as an effective means of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity generation. California and several Eastern states have enacted “cap and trade” emission allowance programs, which have forced generators in those states to pay a price for their CO2 emissions. With the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan not … Continue Reading
Under the Natural Gas Act (NGA), FERC certificates the construction and operation of pipelines to transport natural gas in interstate commerce if they are “required by the present or future public convenience and necessity.” For almost two decades, FERC has used a 1999 policy statement’s guidelines to evaluate whether new pipelines meet that statutory standard. … Continue Reading
This is the third and final of three posts on this blog providing short summaries of the generic electricity policy initiatives already teed up and awaiting possible action by the newly-constituted FERC. Together, these three posts describe initiatives that address fundamental market and resource issues spanning a broad range of FERC’s electricity authorities. Today’s post … Continue Reading
This is the second post of three on this blog providing short summaries of the generic electricity policy initiatives already teed up and awaiting possible action by the newly-constituted FERC. Together, these three posts describe initiatives that address fundamental market and resource issues spanning a broad range of FERC’s electricity authorities. Today’s post summarizes initiatives … Continue Reading
With two new Commissioners confirmed by the Senate and sworn in, FERC’s seven-month period without a quorum is over and it can get back to business. And with another two nominations now before the Senate with a hearing scheduled for September 7, the agency should be at full strength within the next few months and … Continue Reading
Entergy’s large transmission system and five operating companies in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and eastern Texas have been integrated into the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). This extends MISO’s footprint to 15 states from Canada down to the Gulf of Mexico, making MISO the largest Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) by geography. The integration adds about 18,000 … Continue Reading