Sidney L. Fowler


Sidney L. Fowler

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With a career that began in the United States Army, Sid’s experience included various deployments worldwide. His service included Artillery Crew Member in Oklahoma and South Korea, Reservist in the 7225th Medical Support Unit, and experience in the Post Deployment Health Reassessment Clinic at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Following the military, Sid quickly embraced the world of energy as an Associate Sourcing Specialist supporting the Nuclear Generation Group at Progress Energy, a large utility since merged into Duke Energy, from 2007-2011. Having a window into the field of energy and an interest in becoming an energy lawyer, Sid went on to law school. Upon graduating, he took a position at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in their Honor Law Graduate Program. Several rotations within the program gave Sid the opportunity to focus on nuclear plant physical and cyber security, on-site storage of spent nuclear fuel, representation of the agency in personnel security and federal employment issues, as well as a focus on license amendment requests for operating nuclear plants.

Seeing an opportunity to transfer his skill set in the energy market to helping energy companies navigate the regulation of their business, Sid welcomed the transition and has enjoyed helping clients reach their business goals ever since.

  • While at the NRC, successfully defended challenges to the NRC’s security clearance determinations before the Department of Energy, advised on a wide array of matters related to nuclear plant physical and cyber security, spent fuel storage, and license amendments resulting from plant modifications, and developed and negotiated contracts, ensuring compliance with all applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations.
  • While at Progress Energy, negotiated and drafted all contracts necessary to upgrade the company’s four nuclear power plants to meet the heightened physical and cyber security standards required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Maryland (practice limited to matters/proceedings before federal courts and agencies)

University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with high honors (2014)  (Chief Article & Notes Editor, First Amendment Law Review; Aycock Bench Member, Holderness Moot Court)

North Carolina State University, B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude (2011)

Fort Jackson Human Resources AIT, Distinguished Honor Graduate (2005)

Fort Sill Multiple Launch Rocket System AIT, Distinguished Honor Graduate (2003)

Montgomery County Bar Association

Young Professionals in Energy, Washington DC

UNC School of Law - Order of the Coif (2014)

Progress Energy – Energy Advantage Award (2009, 2010)

U.S. Army Commendation Medal (2007)

U.S. Army Achievement Medal (2003, 2004)

Pro Bono Volunteer, North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, 2011

Secretary, UNC Annual Conference on Race, Class, Gender & Ethnicity

  • Radioactive Waste Management: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Publishes Proposed Rule that Would Update the Existing Regulations Governing Near-Surface Commercial Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste, Nuclear Law Bulletin No. 95, VOL. 2015/1, at 82, 2015
FERC Reforms Generator Interconnection RulesFERC Takes Dramatic Action to Reduce Pipeline RatesFERC Initiates Industry-Wide Inquiry on the Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Rates