Ruta Skučas is a federal energy regulatory and wholesale electricity markets partner in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Power practice group. Ruta advises her clients on electric and natural gas matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as well as independent system operators and regional transmission organizations (ISO/RTO). She has unique and extensive experience in energy trading, including on compliance and enforcement issues. Ruta also counsels renewable generation and independent transmission developers on strategic regulatory considerations and requirements.
With over 20 years of experience, Ruta has a deep understanding of FERC and wholesale electricity markets. She has advised clients on a range of issues faced by market participants. She has assisted developers of renewable and natural gas-fired generation with all aspects of project development, including interconnection, reactive power compensation, capacity markets, financings, and mergers and acquisitions. She has advised various market participants on stakeholder matters, including developing and implementing strategies to achieve changes in market rules. Ruta also advises clients on policy matters, including engaging with FERC and the Department of Energy on rulemakings and policy initiatives.
Ruta has also assisted clients in non-public investigations by, and self-reports to, the FERC Office of Enforcement. She has conducted internal investigations to determine if a compliance violation has occurred, advised clients on remediation steps, and drafted self-reports to FERC when necessary. She has also advised various clients, including energy traders and renewable asset owners, on investigations, including depositions and data requests by the Office of Enforcement.
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.
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Energy Law and Energy Regulatory Law (2023-2024)
- Named to the National Law Journal's inaugural list of "Energy & Environmental Trailblazers (2015)
- 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
- Presenter, Key FERC and ISO Market Rule Changes on Energy Storage, YES Energy Summit 2023, 22 February 2023
- 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