Transmission Compliance and OATT Administration

Whether your company is a Transmission Provider, participating RTO Transmission Owner, or a Transmission Customer understanding OATT compliance issues is of paramount importance.

Troutman Sanders represents and advises utilities on all aspects of electric transmission compliance and open access transmission tariffs (OATT). The firm has significant experience representing private and public utilities, large public power entities, as well as financial institutions regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rules and regulations related to transmission. Troutman Sanders lawyers have expertise both within Regional Transmission Organization (“RTO”) regions and outside of RTO regions, on the full range of regulatory issues facing a transmission provider or transmission customer.

Our lawyers are steeped in the particulars of OATT provisions, for both single company and RTO scenarios. The firm’s lawyers are deeply enmeshed in the day to day functioning of transmission systems as well as the many varied OATT requirements.

Highlights include:

  • Represented a coalition of interconnection and transmission customers in a complaint and petition for order under Section 211A of the Federal Power Act against a federal power marketing agency alleging unduly discriminatory curtailment practices and interconnection agreement and OATT violations.
  • Represented investor-owned electric utility in successful withdrawal from Regional Transmission Organization.
  • Counsel to utility in successful declaratory action to protect grandfathered transmission rights.
  • Represented major wind developer before FERC and BPA on issues related to the development and integration of wind and other variable energy resources, including generation imbalance, wind integration charges and self-supply of wind balancing services.
  • Represented utility in review of transmission transactions and compliance with OATT and FERC regulations. Counseled utilities regarding interpretation and implementation of the utilities’ open access transmission tariffs.
  • Counseled utilities on the proper use of Network and Point-to-Point service.


Practice Highlights