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Jennifer L. Mersing

Jennifer Mersing is counsel at the firm's Seattle office. She is a member of the Power practice group. Jennifer's practice focuses on federal and state electric energy regulatory and interconnection issues. She assists clients with the development of renewable energy and battery storage projects, including navigating Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-jurisdictional and state-jurisdictional interconnection processes, preparing FERC compliance filings, and negotiating shared interconnection facilities agreements and power purchase agreements. She handles FERC and state electric energy regulatory support for project finance and M&A transactions. She has also advised clients on carbon cap and trade programs established in California and Washington State and potential regulation of electric vehicle charging stations.

Jennifer concentrates her practice on electric regulatory issues involving the FERC and state energy regulatory law matters, with a focus on renewable energy and battery projects. She has advised and assisted with regulatory compliance for independent power producers, electric utilities, transmission providers, large industrial consumers of power and energy marketers regarding issues under the Federal Power Act (FPA), the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA), and the Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA). Her compliance work includes drafting market-based rate applications and market-based rate change in status and other compliance filings (including submissions to the relational database), qualifying facility self-certifications, and exempt wholesale generator self-certifications. She has advised clients on electric interconnection and transmission reform and electric energy and capacity and market reforms and developments throughout the United States, with a focus on the Western Interconnection. She has negotiated electric interconnection agreements, shared facilities agreements and power purchase agreements for renewable energy and battery projects throughout the United States. She has provided regulatory support for renewable energy project finance transactions and M&A transactions across the country. She has advised clients on carbon cap and trade programs established in California and Washington State, including compliance with registration requirements and negotiation of contracts for the purchase and sale of carbon allowances and offsets, and regulation of electric vehicle charging stations by state public utility commissions. Prior to joining the firm, Jennifer was an of counsel at a national law firm.

  • Energy Bar Association, Finance, Transactions & Investments Steering Committee - Officer (2020 and 2022)
  • Energy Bar Association, Finance, Transactions & Investments Steering Committee - Vice Chair (2022-2023)
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • Lessons From FERC New England Capacity Market Settlement,” Law360, 29 July 2022
  • Jason Johns, Jennifer Mersing, and Jessica Bayles, FERC acts to narrow PURPA yet again, PV MAGAZINE (21 July 2020).
  • Jennifer Mersing, A Look at Solar Net Metering Changes in 2019, SOLAR INDUSTRY MAGAZINE (9 December 2019).
  • Jennifer Mersing, Courts Back State Flexibility on Choice of Generation, POWER MAGAZINE (2 December 2018).
  • Jennifer Mersing, Promoting Renewable Energy After Hughes v. Talen Energy, LAW360 (22 April 2016).
  • Emma Fazio and Jennifer Mersing, What SCOTUS’ Hughes Ruling Means for Renewables, SOLAR INDUSTRY MAGAZINE (26 April 2016).
  • Jennifer Mersing, Equalizing the Playing Field: Providing Ratepayer Protection in Non-Public Utility FERC Proceedings, THE ELECTRICITY JOURNAL (Dec. 2013).
  • Jennifer Mersing, How to Phase Out Rich Country Agricultural Subsidies Without Increasing Hunger in the Developing World, ACCOUNTING FOR HUNGER: THE RIGHT TO FOOD IN THE ERA OF GLOBALISATION, Olivier De Schutter and Kaitlin Y Cordes, eds. (Hart Publishing 2011).
  • Laurel W. Glassman and Jennifer L. Maul, Which Way is the Wind Blowing? Getting Wind Generation to the Grid, ELECTRIC LIGHT & POWER (Dec. 2010).
  • J Mark Gidley, Rebecca H Farrington and Jennifer L Maul, Private anti-trust remedies in the US, PLC CROSS-BORDER (1 November 2008).
Additional News & Event Pages
  • Lisa Cohen, FERC Tariff Approvals Open Way for Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets, MICROGRID KNOWLEDGE (6 Dec. 2019).
  • Sonal Patel, Nuclear Subsidy Dispute Now Rests with FERC, Competitive Generators Say, POWER (16 Apr. 2019).
  • Pamela King, The fight’s not over yet on state nuclear credits, E&E NEWS (16 Apr 2019).
  • Sonal Patel, DOJ, FERC Back Illinois in Nuclear Subsidy Fight, POWER (31 May 2018).
  • Keith Goldberg, The Biggest Energy Rulings of 2016, LAW360 (15 Dec. 2016).
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