Andrea I. Sarmentero Garzón

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Overview

Andrea Sarmentero represents clients in transactional, regulatory, and compliance matters in the electric and natural gas industries.

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Areas of Focus
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Regulatory
  • Transactional
  • Renewables
Education

New York Law School, Foreign Lawyer Training Program (2009)

Diploma in Internatonal Nuclear Energy Law, University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France (2006)

Master in Business and International Trade, University Complutense, Madrid, Spain (2005)

LL.M., University of Dundee (CEPMLP), Energy Law & Policy, Dundee, UK, ( 2002)

J.D., University of Malaga, Málaga, Spain, (2000)

Biography

Andrea Sarmentero represents clients in transactional, regulatory, and compliance matters in the electric and natural gas industries. Ms. Sarmentero advocates for her clients in litigation and settlement proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and in the courts of appeals. Ms. Sarmentero’s regulatory practice includes advising clients on issues involving utility and pipeline revenue requirements, pipeline transportation rates, electric transmission rate incentives, transmission planning and cost allocation, pipeline certificate proceedings, participation in regional energy and capacity markets, FERC’s jurisdictional boundaries, grid resilience, reactive power revenue requirements, and hydroelectric project licensing. Ms. Sarmentero works with lenders and developers in financing energy projects. She is experienced in drafting and negotiating agreements for energy transactions, including agreements addressing ownership and operation of transmission and generation facilities, investment participation, power purchases, engineering procurement and construction, dynamic transfers of energy, interconnection agreements, and water and power supply agreements. Ms. Sarmentero advises clients on matters concerning compliance with open access transmission tariffs, NERC electric reliability standards, and PHMSA safety standards for natural gas pipelines.

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • Spain-Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid

Court Admission

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Representative Experience

Ms. Sarmentero has represented clients on various rate proceedings initiated pursuant to Section 4 and Section 5 of the Natural Gas Act. She successfully represented a client in litigation to reduce the Return on Equity of transmission utilities in the MISO region resulting in multi-million dollar reductions in wholesale electric rates. Ms. Sarmentero also negotiated and prepared documentation to transfer operational control of transmission facilities to the CAISO and to PJM Interconnection.

Prior to joining JSS, Ms. Sarmentero worked at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ Counsel Office where she gained a good understanding of public utilities’ businesses and regulatory compliance obligations at the state and federal levels. When at the New Jersey Board, Ms. Sarmentero was heavily involved in regulatory activities at NARUC and OPSI. As part of her work with NARUC International, she went to Kosovo to help energy regulators resolve electric market design issues while ensuring compliance with EU legislation. Ms. Sarmentero also worked with the World Bank in an electricity restructuring research project seeking to understand regulatory investment risks in Eastern Europe. Ms. Sarmentero has extensive energy regulatory and transactional experience in Europe where she worked at the Council of European Energy Regulators,  COGEN Europe and at the Council of the European Union on matters concerning approval and implementation of EU energy legislation, including the Third Energy Package. Ms. Sarmentero also represented utility clients on energy regulatory and transactional matters in the Madrid office of a global law firm

Media and Presentations

Articles

Blogs

Videos

Presentations

  • “Subsidizing New and Existing Generation: Needed Investment from Consumers? Or Consumers’ Exploitation?” APPA Legal Seminar (2016)
  • “The Latest Threat to Capacity Markets: Customers!,” APPA Legal Seminar (2013)

Memberships

New York State Bar Association

American Bar Association

  • Member, Environment, Energy and Resources Section
  • Member, Antitrust Section

Energy Bar Association

Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid

Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Women’s Energy Network

Honors and Awards

  • NEA-OCDE Fellowship (2005)

Foreign Languages

  • Spanish (Native)
  • French (Intermediate)