Ruta Skučas is a partner at the firm's Washington, D.C. office and is a member of the Power practice group. Ruta advises her clients on energy issues, focusing primarily on electric and natural gas matters, before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as well as state and federal entities. She has particular experience in energy trading, including on compliance and enforcement issues. Ruta also counsels renewable generation and independent transmission developers on strategic considerations and requirements associated with participation in the markets operated by independent system operators and regional transmission organizations (ISO/RTO).
Prior to joining the firm, Ruta served as a partner at a full-service law firm where she focused her practice on reliability, project development, and energy trading. Ruta has a unique background that provides value to her clients. Following graduation from law school, she served as law clerk to several FERC Administrative Law Judges (ALJs), where she assisted the ALJs in administrative litigation and settlements. Ruta returned to FERC after eight years of private practice, where she worked in FERC's Office of General Counsel where she drafted orders relating to PJM, MISO, electric reliability, and natural gas. She also served as Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur's legal advisor, focusing particularly on PJM, MISO, and natural gas issues. She helped the Commissioner shape electric and natural gas policy, including on transmission planning and cost allocation through Order No. 1000.
In 2015, Ruta was named to the National Law Journal's inaugural list of "Energy & Environmental Trailblazers."
- Member, Energy Bar Association
- Board Member, Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association, 2022—present
- Board Member, Women's Energy Network, Washington, D.C. chapter, 2018–present
- Board Member, Foundation of the Energy Law Journal, 2014–2016
- PLI “Greening the US Power Grid,” 2022
- Platts Nodal Trader conference, 2015-2020, 2022
- “Energy Storage – Opportunities and Potential Regulatory Pitfalls,” WEN 2019 National Conference
- ACI National Forum on Energy Trading Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement, 2014-2018
- “Reactive Power Compensation for Renewable Energy Facilities: Opportunity Amidst Change,” Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section Report, January 2023
- “Texas Power Report Falls Short On Winter Risks, Other Issues,” Law360, 7 December 2022
- “Lessons From FERC New England Capacity Market Settlement,” Law360, 29 July 2022
- “Key Provisions of FERC’s 2021 Enforcement Report,” Pratt’s Energy Law Report, February 2022.
- "FERC Enforcement In 2021: A Year Of Change," Law360, 3 January 2022