Jonathan Schneider and Jon Trotta Publish on Electric Grid Resilience in the Energy Law Journal
The most recent edition of the biannual Energy Law Journal features an article by firm partners Jonathan Schneider and Jonathan Trotta focused on electric grid resilience.
In "What We Talk about When We Talk about Resilience," Schneider and Trotta discuss the policy and legal framework for the contentious debate over measures that can or should be taken to address the resilience of the electric grid, including current proposals for the Department of Energy to act unilaterally to subsidize certain coal and nuclear generating facilities. The article concludes that:
- Resilience is a substantial element of the reliability regime subject to oversight by the North American Electric Corporation and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
- State and local authorities have substantial responsibilities in this area that they are indeed exercising
- Intervention by the DOE at this time runs the risk of substantially disrupting the regulatory framework assigned by Congress to FERC and NERC
- DOE may play a productive role in organizing the disparate agencies with authority in this area to address resilience on a holistic and cost-effective basis
Both Schneider and Trotta practice in Stinson's Energy Division in the firm's Washington, DC office. Schneider is the president-elect of the Energy Bar Association.
Read the full article here.