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Patrick T. Metz

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Patrick Metz is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the power practice group. Mr. Metz practices before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state public utility commissions, focusing on complex regulatory matters associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, and storage of electric energy, as well as the transportation and distribution of natural gas. Mr. Metz has represented clients in ratemaking, complaint, merger, and rulemaking proceedings, including those related to RTO/ISO tariff compliance, cost allocation, PURPA, transmission formula rates, market-based rates, wholesale requirements contracts, corporate restructuring, pipeline rate cases and certificate applications, and asset dispositions and acquisitions. Mr. Metz also has defended clients under investigation in enforcement matters, provided compliance counseling and training, and performed regulatory diligence. Mr. Metz’s clients have included investor-owned utilities, public utility holding companies, renewable project developers and asset owners, independent transmission companies, power marketers, investors, independent power producers, interstate natural gas pipelines, and local distribution companies.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Metz served as an associate at an international law firm where he handled proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, provided counseling and training with respect to FERC and state regulatory compliance, and conducted regulatory due diligence. Mr. Metz also assisted energy clients in power-related asset transactions and the sale and purchase of wind, solar, and natural gas generation facilities.

Before beginning to practice as an attorney, Mr. Metz served in a variety of political and public policy roles at both the state and federal level.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Energy Bar Association
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Represented large number of investor-owned utility’s equity investors in state public utility commission proceedings associated with Chapter 11 restructuring
  • Defended investor-owned utility in non-public investigation brought by FERC Enforcement alleging non-compliance with RTO/ISO energy market rules
  • Represented renewable developer in securing market-based rate authorization for wind generation project
  • Represented independent transmission company in securing transmission rate incentives and initial FERC authorization to recover costs through a formula rate
  • Represented local distribution company in natural gas pipeline rate cases and rate case pre-filing settlement negotiations
  • Represented investor-owned utility in securing FERC authorization to return to wholesale customers refunds associated with settling an interstate pipeline rate case
  • Represented power marketer in securing market-based rate authorization and state regulatory authorizations for new trading business
  • Represented investor-owned utilities in submitting triennial updated market power analyses and change-in-status filings
  • Represented investor-owned utility in updating transmission depreciation rates
  • Represented investor-owned utility in organized market secure termination of its mandatory purchase obligation under PURPA Section 210(m)
  • Provided regulatory compliance training to natural gas local distribution company and trading affiliates
  • Provided regulatory diligence and counsel to foreign company acquiring a propane distribution business
  • Counseled investor-owned utility in application of FERC’s interlocking directorate rules
  • Represented independent power producer in selling its publicly-traded yieldco and renewable development portfolio, including utility scale and distributed resources
  • Represented independent power producer in selling a portfolio of natural gas and coal-fired power plants and associated business
  • Represented foreign state-owned entity in attempted purchase of utility-scale operational solar projects
  • Represented independent power producer in numerous drop down transactions of operational assets to publicly traded yieldco affiliate