Transmission Development

Historically, energy companies have faced as many challenges as they have opportunities. At the heart of both is a labyrinth of state and federal environmental initiatives paired with a continuous increase in demand for production and distribution of energy. From the creation of the first truly independent Transco to the post-Order No. 1000 competitive solicitation process, Troutman Sanders has been a cutting-edge advisor to transmission developers.

Our firm has significant experience providing legal services to private and public utilities, independent parties, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors, financial institutions, tower manufacturers and other transmission-related service providers. We counsel clients on matters related to mergers, acquisitions and other transmission transactions, project development, ownership arrangements, EPC contracts, pricing, open-access tariffs, and siting and permitting. We are adept at dispute avoidance; however, when disputes cannot be avoided, we are equally skilled at alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and litigation.

We understand the energy grid, from balancing authority operations, to reliability standards, to ancillary services and planning. Our team features lawyers from a number of our practices with experience advising utilities and power providers on virtually all EPC, construction, environmental and real-estate issues.

We have helped clients build transmission lines to serve the traditional and purely merchant needs of utilities, independent power producers and renewable energy plants. Currently, the firm is working with several utilities on major regional transmission projects, including incentive rate filings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

  • Advised a competitive transmission developer regarding the regional transmission organization (RTO) developer qualification process in connection with the post-Order No. 1000 and the Midcontinent Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO) qualification processes.
  • Defended a MISO transmission owner against a complaint alleging that the client did not in fact have the right to develop a new 765 kV multi-value-project (MVP). FERC summarily ruled in favor of our client.
  • Brought a complaint against a transmission owner who refused to properly share development rights in connection with an MVP.
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