Krystal A. Tapper


Krystal A. Tapper

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Krystal focuses her practice on natural gas pipelines, oil pipelines, and electricity transmission and regulation while representing clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Prior to joining Wright & Talisman, Krystal was an attorney-advisor in FERC’s Office of the General Counsel, Energy Projects, where she served as a subject matter expert for comprehensive hydropower plans under the Federal Power Act. Krystal also advised on matters concerning preliminary permit applications, FERC’s policy statement on the certification of new interstate natural gas facilities, and assessments of the environmental impacts of natural gas projects under section 7 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). 

Earlier in her career, she was part of FERC’s Office of Enforcement, Division of Investigations, Krystal gained valuable experience in matters related to fraud and market manipulation, violations of North American Electric Reliability Corporation reliability standards, facility ratings methodology, and regional transmission organization operating procedures. She also worked as an associate for a trade association focusing on issues concerning fuel standards and Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

  • Assisting natural gas pipelines in project development, including obtaining certificates of public convenience and necessity and related appeals.
  • Assisting a natural gas pipeline regarding NGA section 3 authorizations and Presidential Permits issued by FERC to permit construction of natural gas pipeline facilities across the United States-Mexico border.
  • Assisting natural gas pipeline companies in NGA section 4 general rate cases and NGA section 5 investigations and in matters of compliance, standards of conduct, and tariff implementation.
  • Representing an RTO in capacity market reforms for generating resources capacity to sustain and predict operation such that the resource will be reliably available to provide energy and reserves in an emergency condition following Winter Storm Elliott.
  • Representing an RTO in an inter-regional coordination to regulate market-based and traditional congestion management methodologies to ensure that parallel flows and impacts are recognized and controlled in a manner that consistently ensures system reliability.
  • Representing a natural gas pipeline in a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the Regional Energy Access Expansion Project.
  • Assisting a natural gas pipeline in authorizing the operation and construction of the Border Facilities that will not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.

District of Columbia


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

American University Washington College of Law, J.D. (2020)

Florida State University, B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs (2016)

Energy Bar Association

Women's Energy Network

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