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Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) J. Nase
Practice and Procedures
PUC procedures – hearings before administrative law judges
and review by the Commission
Formal complaints, applications, rate cases and formal investigations
Settlements and mediation
Informal complaints and informal investigations
Damage Prevention Committee
Energy Project Siting and Development L. Berkstresser
FERC Order 1000
State siting process
Alternative Ratemaking at the PUC D. Ryan
Events leading up to passage of alternative ratemaking legislation in PA
Alternative rates and rate mechanisms
• Decoupling mechanisms
• Performance-based rates
• Formula rates
• Multiyear rate plans
PA PUC Final Policy Statement Order
Impact on traditional ratemaking for utilities
Impact on utilities’ energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C)
and distributed generation efforts
Understanding Utility Easements and Rights of Way R. Bowman
Current laws and regulations on utility rights of way
Types of utilities affected: electric, water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer,
natural gas, telecommunications
Basis for and definition of the easement
Risks for junior owners in encroachments and interferences
Do any utilities have eminent domain rights?
The Ethics of Accessing a Utility Easement R. Bowman
Duty to disclose
Ensuring client understands what is being asked/given
What happens if a client refuses a request for an easement?
Duty of good faith
Conflicts of interest
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) S. Hann
Construction Storm Water Permitting
NPDES program overview
Construction stormwater permit requirements
• Changes to PAG-02 Permitting
Construction stormwater compliance and enforcement
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Lindsay A. BerkstresserPost & Schell P.C.
Lindsay A. Berkstresser is an associate in Post & Schell P.C.’s Energy & Utilities Practice Group, where she represents energy companies in regulatory matters arising under federal and state laws before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PAPUC) and appellate courts. Ms. Berkstresser counsels natural gas, electric and water utilities and oil pipeline companies on ratemaking, energy project siting and development, tariff and contract provisions, administrative litigation, and transactional matters. She also advises clients on regulatory compliance issues and newly enacted and pending legislation.
Rebecca BowmanLaw Office of Rebecca Bowman
Rebecca A. Bowman is a principal in the Law Office of Rebecca Bowman, a certified woman-owned business in McMurray, practicing in dispute resolution, estate planning, civil engineering, real estate, legal services, strategic development, and training. She is experienced in dispute resolution, estate planning and administration, engineering design and forensic analysis, construction/project management, real estate, small business start-up, employment law, and nonprofit support. She is a registered professional engineer and a certified arbitrator and mediator. Mrs. Bowman writes a column for the PE Reporter, “Risky Business,” and she lectures for the Community College of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania State University, the Washington County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers and others. She earned her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Dakota, her M.B.A. degree from Oklahoma University, and her J.D. degree from Duquesne University.
Steven HannHamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, PC
Steven A. Hann is a principal at the Pennsylvania law firm of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, where he focuses his practice on environmental and municipal law and chairs the firm’s Environmental Law Department. He handles all aspects of environmental litigation with government agencies and private parties. He also advises clients on regulatory and compliance issues, environmental permitting, environmental issues arising in business and real estate transactions, the land development process, and land use and zoning issues. Mr. Hann also provides clients with experienced counseling on environmental legislative and regulatory developments at the federal and state levels. As a complement to his environmental law practice, he has also developed a practice in the area of municipal law, where he represents and advises municipalities and municipal authorities on a wide array of issues unique to these entities.
Jonathan NaseCozen O'Connor P.C.
Jonathan Nase is a member in the Harrisburg Office of Cozen O’Connor P.C., where his practice focuses on public utility law and administrative law. He has experience representing utilities, municipalities and municipal authorities in rate cases, mergers and acquisitions, energy efficiency and conservation proceedings, formal complaints and other matters. Before joining Cozen O’Connor, Mr. Nase worked for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, including eight years as the Deputy Director – Legal of the Office of Special Assistants.
Devin RyanPost & Schell P.C.
Devin T. Ryan is an associate in Post & Schell P.C.’s Energy and Utilities Practice Group. He represents electric, natural gas, water, and transportation network companies in a variety of proceedings before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, including base rate proceedings, rulemaking proceedings, customer complaint proceedings, energy efficiency and conservation plan proceedings, application proceedings initiated under Section 1102 of the Public Utility Code, and purchased gas cost cases. Mr. Ryan has also practiced before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concerning energy and public utility-related matters.