Gary J. Newell

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Mr. Newell has extensive experience in Energy Law, having focused his legal practice on regulatory and contract issues affecting both suppliers and purchasers of wholesale electricity and bulk power transmission services.  Mr. Newell is well-known and highly regarded in his field, having represented publicly and privately owned utilities in a broad array of energy regulatory proceedings since 1978.

Biography

Mr. Newell has extensive experience in Energy Law, having focused his legal practice on regulatory and contract issues affecting both suppliers and purchasers of wholesale electricity and bulk power transmission services. Mr. Newell is well-known and highly regarded in his field, having represented publicly and privately owned utilities in a broad array of energy regulatory proceedings since 1978. He has been an active participant in state and federal administrative and appellate proceedings governing the rates, terms and conditions for energy related products and services. Mr. Newell was a key player in negotiations involving the formation of Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and South-central areas of the U.S., and he regularly advises and represents clients on a variety of issues arising under RTO tariffs and agreements.

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia (1978)

Court Admission

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Representative Engagements

  • Represents entities in FERC and appellate proceedings involving Regional Transmission Organization rate and market design issues.
  • Counsels wholesale market participants on interconnection, power sales, and transmission arrangements.
  • Represents wholesale customers in FERC proceedings involving major electric–electric and electric–gas mergers in order to secure favorable protections against adverse merger impacts.
  • Counsels utilities and project developers regarding rights and obligations under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).
  • Represents joint owners of generation projects in resolving disputes under joint ownership contracts.
  • Counsels utilities regarding compliance with mandatory electric reliability standards.

Representative Clients

  • American Municipal Power, Inc.
  • City of Cleveland (Cleveland Public Power)
  • ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency, and North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1
  • Piedmont Municipal Power Agency
  • Municipal Energy Agency of Mississippi
  • Easton (Md.) Utilities

Media and Presentations

Articles

Blogs

Videos

Presentations

  • Rutgers University Center for Research in Regulated Industries, Eastern Conference (2005; 2008)
  • Presenter and Panelist, Energy Bar Association (2003, 2005)
  • Nuclear Non-Operating Owners Group (1996, 1998, 2001, 2003)

Memberships

District of Columbia Bar (1978 – present)

Energy Bar Association (1978 – present)

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated (20+ years) and AV Preeminent® Rating–Judicial Edition (2018 and 2019)*
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (2016-2019) in the category of Energy Law
  • Listed, Washington DC Super Lawyers (2015-2019) in the category of Energy & Natural Resources

            *AV® Preeminent TM is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the      Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.