Andrew T. Swers

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Andrew T. Swers

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With nearly twenty years of experience, Andy has made a successful practice out of representing a diverse range of energy companies at all stages of administrative proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), various state regulatory agencies, and federal and state courts. Exceptionally thorough and detail-oriented, Andy enjoys learning about and understanding complex problems so he can develop strategies and find solutions that achieve results and win cases.

A significant portion of Andy’s practice has been litigating the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) cases for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Tesoro Alaska Company. The complex, multi-year TAPS proceedings confront a wide variety of cost-of-service and prudence issues arising from TAPS rates before both FERC and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, as well as related appeals. Andy considers his involvement in the work that led to Opinion No. 502 and Opinion No. 544 some of his greatest accomplishments. He has also represented electric utilities, particularly concerning tariff and rate issues in regional transmission organizations (RTOs), as well as clients in gas pipeline certificate proceedings.

Prior to joining Wright & Talisman, Andy was an associate at a large, international law firm where he worked on land use, environmental and energy (electric and gas) issues. When he’s not practicing law, you can find Andy spending time with his wife and two children, volunteering with the school music program, playing guitar or reading about history and politics.

  • Representation of Anadarko and Tesoro on TAPS rate cases, resulting in two landmark orders, Opinion No. 502 and Opinion No. 544, which ruled in favor of Anadarko and Tesoro on virtually all issues. Opinion No. 502 concerned the appropriate methodology to calculate TAPS interstate rates. Opinion No. 544 involved concurrent state/federal review of prudence, life-of-line, and cost-of-service rate issues. Also participated in all phases of litigation concerning FERC’s authority to order cost pooling on TAPS, which culminated with D.C. Circuit review.
  • Representation of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Tesoro Alaska Company in the TAPS Quality Bank proceeding. Anadarko and Tesoro, as well as other oil producers in Alaska, defended the existing Quality Bank methodology from challenges raised by certain refiners.
  • Representation of Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC in pipeline certificate proceedings before FERC.
  • Representation of Southwest Power Pool, Inc. in a proceeding before the D.C. Circuit concerning issues arising from non-jurisdictional revenue requirements.
  • Representation of the MISO Transmission Owners in a variety of tariff and rate matters before FERC.
  • Representation of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. in pipeline certificate proceedings before FERC.

District of Columbia

New York

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Columbia University School of Law, J.D. (1996)  (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Accelerated Interdisciplinary Legal Education Program)

The Johns Hopkins University, B.A. (1995)  (Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key National Honor Society)

Energy Bar Association, Oil & Liquids Committee

Board of Directors, Stockwell Manor Homeowners Association

  • Chapter 11: Pipeline Service Obligations and Chapter 46: Judicial Review, Regulation of the Gas Industry, Matthew Bender, 2010 (co-author)
  • Report of the Oil & Liquids Pipeline Regulation Committee, Energy Law Journal, Vol. 32:727, 2011 (co-author)
  • Report of the Oil & Liquids Pipeline Regulation Committee, Energy Law Journal, Vol. 33:677, 2012 (co-author)
  • Report of the Oil & Liquids Pipeline Regulation Committee, Energy Law Journal, Vol. 34:1, 2013 (co-author)
  • Report of the Oil & Liquids Pipeline Regulation Committee, Energy Law Journal, 2015 (co-author)
FERC Alert: ISO NE ROFR Not Protected By Mobile-SierraFERC Alert: Actions on Gas-Electric Coordination & Gas Pipelines' Recovery of System Modernization CostsCourt Affirms FERC Certificate Orders for New Compressor Station Over Vigorous Opposition from Resident Group