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McGuireWoods LLP

2001 K STREET N.W., SUITE 400, WASHINGTON, DC 20006-1040, USA
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Noel Symons

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McGuireWoods LLP

Work Department

Regulatory & Compliance

Position

Partner

Career

Noel, who co-leads the utility practice of McGuireWoods’ energy industry team, represents electric utilities and other energy companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and appellate courts, and advises on cross-jurisdictional matters involving other regulatory bodies. His clients include traditional electric and gas utilities, vertically disaggregated utilities, developers and operators of “merchant” transmission and other forms of nontraditional transmission, merchant generation developers and operators, financial institutions, power marketers, and owners of renewable resources and qualifying facilities. Frequently, he counsels clients on Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) tariffs and market rules, and advocates rule interpretations in informal communications with RTO personnel. He also assists clients with rate matters under Section 205 of the Federal Power Act. Noel counsels clients on all aspects of compliance program design and implementation. He assists with internal investigations of potential violations and advises clients on addressing actual violations, including remediation, and whether self-reporting to regulators is in their interest. In addition, Noel advises clients in all phases of transactions, helping them scope out federal and state regulatory approvals, potential market power and affiliate complications during the initial phase, and then seeking FERC approval if the deal goes forward. Noel co-founded the National Energy Compliance Forum (NECF), an organization devoted to sharing best practices for FERC compliance, and served on the NECF Steering Committee. In 2009, he conceived and helped lead a unique effort that brought together 27 utilities to produce a guide to constructing a model FERC compliance program. In 2005, he spearheaded a law firm effort to produce a groundbreaking FERC "compliance handbook." In 2015, he co-led the development of McGuireWoods’ FERC Enforcement Reporter, an innovative, web-based legal research tool that organizes information about FERC enforcement cases and policy statements topically.

Education

The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, JD, Faculty Award, Highest Academic Average in the Graduating Class, Member, Catholic University Law Review, 1993; Carleton College, BA, Political Science/International Relations, Concentration International Political Economy, 1986


United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: conventional power

Within: Energy litigation: conventional power

Ryan Purpura in Pittsburgh and Todd Mullins and Noel Symons in Washington DC jointly head the energy industry team at McGuireWoods LLP. The firm's clients in the conventional energy space include both traditional electric utilities such as Cleco Power and major names in clean energy such as NextEra Energy. Todd Mullins (DC) and others assisted Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) with a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) enforcement matter concerning the client's electricity offers into the Pennsylvania New Jersey Maryland (PJM) market; the matter was successfully resolved, saving the client approximately  $135m in disgorgement. Elsewhere, a group led by Noel Symons (DC) represented Duke American Transmission Company in a rate case to recover the costs of its share of a transmission upgrade initially funded through a public-private partnership. The firm is able to litigate contested rate cases at both state and federal level. Senior counsel John Perkins joined the Washington DC office from FERC in March 2018.

Ryan Purpura in Pittsburgh and Todd Mullins and Noel Symons in Washington DC jointly head the energy industry team at McGuireWoods LLP. The firm's clients in the conventional energy space include both traditional electric utilities such as Cleco Power and major names in clean energy such as NextEra Energy. Todd Mullins (DC) and others assisted Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) with a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) enforcement matter concerning the client's electricity offers into the Pennsylvania New Jersey Maryland (PJM) market; the matter was successfully resolved, saving the client approximately  $135m in disgorgement. Elsewhere, a group led by Noel Symons (DC) represented Duke American Transmission Company in a rate case to recover the costs of its share of a transmission upgrade initially funded through a public-private partnership. The firm is able to litigate contested rate cases at both state and federal level. Senior counsel John Perkins joined the Washington DC office from FERC in March 2018.

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Energy regulation: conventional power

Within: Energy regulation: conventional power

At McGuireWoods LLP, the energy industry team is led by Pittsburgh-based Ryan Purpura and Washington DC pair Todd Mullins and Noel Symons. Mullins regularly leads on enforcement-related matters; Symons specializes in work related to regional transmission organization (RTO) markets and cost allocation. A group led by Symons represented Cleco Power in a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filing updating its rate for the provision of reactive power, permitting the client to recover its cost of service. Elsewhere, Richmond-based partners Joe Reed and Elaine Ryan, assisted by counsel Stephen Watts, provided regulatory advice to Dominion Energy on its merger with SCANA Corporation. The transaction created a company capable of supplying 6.5 million electricity and natural gas customers and was valued at $14.6bn. Senior counsel John Perkins, who joined the DC office from FERC in March 2018, is another name to note.

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