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Jessica M. Lynch

Counsel

Washington, D.C.
Business Phone: 202.274.2855
Business Fax: 202.274.2994

jessica.lynch@troutman.com

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Jessica Lynch's practice focuses on regulatory matters, including proceedings involving electric power and natural gas markets and rates, as well as energy sector transactions, including the representation of project developers, energy traders, financial institutions and electric utilities. Jessica routinely advises clients on the requirements of the U.S. Federal Power Act ("FPA"), the U.S. Natural Gas Act, the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005, the U.S. Public Utility Holding Company Act, the U.S. Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act and other federal rules and regulations affecting the energy sector. She also regularly advises project developers on energy market and regulatory matters, including gas pipeline interconnection and lateral services, electric interconnection, generating capacity market participation and transmission rights.

Jessica represents clients in a variety of U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") hearings, settlements and rulemaking and enforcement proceedings. She assists clients seeking to obtain and retain regulatory authorizations for market-based rate authority, including preparation of updated market power analyses and notices to comply with changes in status obligations, as well as to maintain qualifying facility, exempt wholesale generator and foreign utility company statuses.

Representative Matters

  • Bayonne Energy Center, LLC (BEC): Lead associate representing the BEC, a 500 MW brownfield project owned by Hess Corporation and ArcLight Capital Partners in Bayonne, NJ. This representation includes obtaining transmission rights and incremental transmission congestion contracts and successful litigation of exemption from New York Independent System Operator, Inc. ("NYISO") buyer-side mitigation rules and associated FERC proceedings.
  • Newark Energy Center, LLC (NEC): Lead associate representing Hess and Energy Investors Fund with respect to the NEC (a 600 MW project in development) in proceedings before FERC, U.S. federal district court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, regarding the project's ability to enter and participate in PJM Interconnection LLC's capacity markets and its exemption from the PJM minimum offer price rule ("MOPR").
  • GE Energy Financial Services (GE EFS), Homer City: Lead associate on GE EFS's acquisition of Homer City Generating Station, a three-unit, 2,000 MW coal-fired power plant at the border of the NYISO and PJM markets. Performed due diligence and secured regulatory approvals, such as FPA section 203 authorization, market-based rate authority and exempt wholesale generator status.
  • GE EFS, Linden VFT: Lead associate on various FERC proceedings for Linden VFT, a 315 MW merchant transmission facility in between NYISO and PJM.
  • PSEG-Long Island: Advises Public Service Enterprise Group on state regulatory and legislative matters associated with PSEG-Long Island's provision of Long Island electric system management and operations services.
  • Advised a public utility in upstate New York on various issues associated with receiving energy delivered from PJM.
  • Represents various financial institutions in transmission congestion contracts, financial/firm transmission rights and virtual energy matters involving NYISO, PJM, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. ("MISO"), ISO-New England and California Independent System Operator, Inc. ("CAISO").
  • Represents a coalition of shippers in El Paso Natural Gas Company's major FERC rate and service restructuring cases.
  • Represents electric cooperatives and municipal utilities in several transmission rate proceedings (both stated rate and formula rate) before FERC.
  • Represents clients in non-public FERC Office of Enforcement ("OE") proceedings by responding to data requests, preparing witnesses for depositions and engaging in settlement discussions with OE staff.
  • Represents several clients in due diligence reviews for proposed acquisition and disposition transactions; drafted related applications for FERC authorization under FPA section 203.

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, Infocast: PJM Market Summit, panel on "A New Day for Demand Response in the PJM—Optimizing DR in a Post-FERC 745 Era," Plymouth Meeting, PA, September 2015

Publications

  • Co-author, "Gas Regulation 2015: United States," in Getting the Deal Through, Law Business Research Ltd., 2015

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Energy Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Professional Experience

  • Counsel, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2017-present
  • Counsel and Associate, Dentons LLP, 2010-2017
  • Associate, White & Case LLP, 2007-2010
  • Law Clerk/Attorney-Advisor, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 2005-2007

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Education

  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 2005
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 2002

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania