Debra D. Roby

Chair, Energy

Ms. Roby chairs the firm’s Energy Practice Group and is resident in its Washington, D.C. office. She is a seasoned FERC practitioner, litigator, and negotiator, with over 20 years’ experience representing a variety of stakeholders in the electric industry.

Biography

Debra D. Roby chairs the firm’s Energy Practice Group and is resident in its Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Roby is a seasoned FERC practitioner, litigator, and negotiator, with over 20 years’ experience representing a variety of stakeholders in the electric industry. She practices before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concerning transmission and energy market tariff and rate filings, merger proceedings, rulemakings, hydroelectric licensing and compliance, and other matters. She also assists her clients in negotiations and interactions with other utilities, independent power producers, state utility commissions and Regional Transmission Organizations. She is listed among Washington D.C.’s Super Lawyers in the field of Energy and Natural Resources.

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia

Court Admission

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Representative Experience

  • Represents wholesale customers before FERC and related appellate proceedings involving Regional Transmission Organization rates and market design issues
  • Represents the Public Utility Commission of Texas before FERC on matters relating to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and Southwest Power Pool energy market tariffs, transmission development, seams issues, and transmission pricing policies
  • Counsels generators and municipal electric systems on RTO interconnection procedures and agreements
  • Represents hydro-electric licensees before FERC in licensing and compliance matters, including interfacing with state and federal environmental agencies
  • Negotiated and enforced power supply agreements, renewable energy certificate agreements, joint project development agreements, and asset sale agreements
  • Counsels municipal utilities regarding compliance with mandatory electric reliability standards, including representation in compliance audits, challenges, and settlement of potential violations
  • Represents an entity before a state siting board and state utility commission regarding a proposed transmission route
  • Represented several transmission-owning municipal electric utilities seeking to place their transmission assets under the control of a Regional Transmission Organization, including the establishment of an annual transmission revenue requirement and execution of a joint zone revenue distribution agreement
  • Represented entities seeking to establish and recover an annual revenue requirement for the provision of reactive support service within a Regional Transmission Organization
  • Represented a municipal utility in a complaint action before FERC alleging abuse of market power
  • Represented an Affected Unit of Local Government before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the High Level Nuclear Waste proceedings

Media and Presentations

Articles

Blogs

Presentations

  • “Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) & Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Update,” MMEA Fall Conference (2019)
  • “NERC Reliability Standards, What They Mean for Municipal Utilities,” Kansas Municipal Utilities (2007)
  • “An Introduction to EPA’s Coal Ash Rule,” APPA Legal Seminar (2015)

Memberships

Energy Bar Association

American Public Power Association

District of Columbia Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Listed, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers® in the category of Energy and Natural Resources (2012 – 2016, 2018 – 2020)