Omar Bustami

Associate

Overview

Prior to joining Jennings Strouss, Mr. Bustami served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel-Energy Markets division for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Contact
Areas of Focus
  • Energy
  • Utilities
  • Public Power
  • Natural Gas
  • Litigation
Education

J.D., University of Maryland Carey School of Law (2015)

  • Member, Moot Court Executive Board
  • Student Member, Energy Bar Association
  • Student Member, Maryland Bar Association

B.A., University of California, Irvine, Political Science (2010)

  • UCI Student Affairs Journal (2009-2010)
  • Co-Founder, award-winning international travel, and discussion group to explore complex issues related to an international conflict

Biography

Prior to joining Jennings Strouss, Mr. Bustami served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel-Energy Markets division for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • Maryland (2016)

Court Admission

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (2017)

Representative Experience

  • Drafted determinations addressing requests pursuant to section 205 of the Federal Power Act (FPA) and section 4 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) to establish cost-based, negotiated, and market-based rates
  • Analyzed record evidence and technical materials in litigated rate proceedings and recommend options for addressing proposed changes to the terms and conditions of electricity and natural gas tariffs
  • Prepared complex policy memorandum analyzing rapidly-developing issues related to the Commission’s jurisdiction over net metering facilities and practices
  • Drafted order on petitions for declaratory relief pursuant to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 concerning the Commission’s jurisdiction over power sales from qualifying facilities (QFs)
  • Collaborated on an industry-wide rulemaking to revise the pro forma large generator interconnection agreement
  • Led a technical conference to discuss and resolve contested issues in a natural gas pipeline proceeding and achieved agreement between a pipeline and its customers
  • Addressed a major complaint alleging an unauthorized abandonment of pipeline facilities in violation of section 7 of the NGA
  • Researched allegations that a company had violated section 4A of the NGA, and drafted determinations on key legal issues in an enforcement proceeding
  • Researched issues related to jurisdiction over hydropower sales and facilities
  • Analyzed issues related to the establishment of rates for newly certificated pipelines
  • Assessed requests for approval of shared facilities ownership agreements and whether time value refunds are owed where service commences before the parties’ filing is submitted
  • Reviewed vast hearing record to determine whether utilities engaged in legitimate business practices during the California electric crisis of the early 2000s; recommended remedies, including refunds and disgorgement

Memberships

Energy Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Public Service Award, FERC (2017)

Foreign Languages

  • Arabic