Energy Regulatory

Navigating the increasingly complex and multilayered regulatory landscape that underpins the energy sector can seem all consuming. The lawyers in the Energy Regulatory practice group at Hogan Lovells counsel energy and natural resources market stakeholders on a full range of legal issues.

We handle matters regulated by U.S. administrative agencies (including FERC, the NRC, and DOE) and their international counterparts. Due diligence. Regulatory approvals for mergers and acquisitions. We counsel financial firms on investments. Innovators on bringing ideas to market. Established companies on growth. And new companies entering the field.

Practice members include former counsels at regulatory agencies and commissions, including a former General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy and former advisors from the U.S. Department of Interior, and leading global energy companies. We deliver pragmatic solutions for the natural gas, oil, nuclear, electric, renewable, and petrochemical industries.

Our leading natural gas pipeline, LNG project development, and FERC regulatory practice lawyers handle multibillion dollar project developments and complex rate administrative proceedings.

In the electricity sector, we cover rate proceedings, distributed generation, demand response, climate regulation, transmission permitting, efficiency standards compliance, and new technology development.

Our nuclear energy team helps energy facility owners, operators, developers, investors, and vendors navigate intricate regulations. We also advise clients associated with radioactive materials or nonpower reactors.

In an increasingly complex global market, we can plot a course through obstacles to help you achieve a competitive advantage and minimize risk.

Representative experience

Nearly 15 interstate natural gas pipelines respond to and comply with FERC tax-related Order No. 849, including assisting each pipeline devise a strategy for a response and helping to negotiate settlements.

Developing comprehensive rate case strategy involving the modernization entire pipeline systems.

Lead counsel at FERC on one of the most complex pipeline rate proceedings in the industry.

Advising on structuring LNG projects across various components of the gas and LNG value chain, so risks are properly allocated across the upstream, midstream, shipping, and terminal aspects of each project.

Project counsel on a variety of LNG and pipeline development projects, advising on regulatory, transactional, and other matters associated with development of multibillion dollar, complex projects.

Assist major industrial products manufacturers formulate strategies for self-reporting and negotiating with the DOE highly favorable settlements involving long-standing violations of DOE efficiency standards.

Advise both domestic and foreign manufacturers of consumer products in responding to enforcement proceedings under DOE efficiency standards regulations.

Advise manufacturers of a variety of high-tech products on strategies for complying with or obtaining exceptions from efficiency standards applicable to innovative products.

Represent clients on a broad spectrum of regulatory issues involving electric transmission, interconnections, power sales and marketing, standards and codes of conduct compliance, and regional market rules.

Advise public utilities and energy traders on conduct and electric reliability standards, reporting, Open Access Same-Time Information Systems, market behavior rules, and Open Access Transmission Tariff.

Representing nuclear utilities, fuel cycle facilities, reactor vendors, materials licensees, suppliers, and contractors in connection with NRC licensing and compliance with safety regulations.

Advising clients on a variety of nuclear issues related to DOE, such as loan guarantees, funding opportunities, site use agreements, and import and export approvals.

Litigating for nuclear energy clients before the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, at trial and appellate levels, including judicial review of NRC agency action in courts of appeals.

Advise NRC licensees on nuclear considerations in mergers and acquisitions, including license transfers, nuclear liability and insurance, due diligence, transactional documents, contracts, and CFIUS reviews.

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