- professional activities
- speaking engagements
For over twenty years, Wendy has represented a diverse range of energy clients including investor-owned utilities, independent generators, investors in transmission infrastructure and local gas distribution companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy and federal courts.
Her practice focuses on rate regulation, energy market rules and operation, open access transmission issues, administrative litigation, mergers and acquisitions, enforcement and compliance, and authorizations, as well as representing clients in transactional and project finance matters. Wendy enjoys the challenge of representing clients in numerous multi-party, litigated proceedings at FERC concerning rates (from both the utility and customer perspectives), open access, energy markets, mergers and acquisitions, and interconnections. She excels at counseling clients on a wide variety of transactional and compliance matters, including advising on regulatory structuring for project finance,negotiating and drafting varied contracts such as power purchase agreements, fuel supply agreements, and development agreements, and representing and advising clients in public and non-public FERC investigations and audits.
Wendy’s hardwork and dedication to her clients’ business initiatives is often recognized and noted in Chambers USA. For example, Chambers USA says “Sources describe her as ‘a terrific writer . . . very good at getting to the point in her analysis,’”and reported Wendy as “very client-focused, an excellent writer and good in the courtroom too.” Chambers USA goes on to credit her with maintaining “terrific relationships within the FERC regulatory arena” and being a “very good strategic thinker.”
- Representing Ameren Corporation and its affiliates before FERC in rate proceedings, incentive rate applications, complaints, and wholesale market issues, and in connection with service agreements, interconnection agreements, and audit and compliance matters.
- Successfully filed a petition on transmission infrastructure investment incentives for Ameren Transmission Company for two major transmission projects in Illinois with an asset value of $1 billion. The incentives FERC granted include recovery of construction work in progress (CWIP) before the lines are in service and recovery of prudently incurred costs if the projects are abandoned for reasons beyond Ameren’s control.
- Representing Trans Bay Cable LLC in its 2013 transmission rate proceeding at FERC.
- Representing New Mexico Gas Company in the litigation of several major, multi-party gas pipeline rate cases, including related proceedings concerning gas quality on one pipeline.
- Representing a power marketer in a non-public FERC investigation of trading activity and ongoing post-settlement compliance with Office of Enforcement requirements.
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (1995)
Syracuse University, M.L.S. (1991)
University of Virginia, B.A. (1988)
Energy Bar Association
The Federalist Society
Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment
- A Study in Prevention for the Energy Trading Industry: Avoiding FERC Scrutiny, Sanctions, and Enforcement Actions and Building an Effective Energy Trading Compliance Program, 14th National Forum on Energy Trading Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement, American Conference Institute, 2018
- Building transmission under Order No. 1000: Where are we in planning vs. implementation?, The 12th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Energy in the Northeast, Law Seminars International, 2015
- Wright & Talisman co-sponsored Energy Investment Conference bringing together FERC Commissioners, utilities, private equity and other investors to discuss electric industry investment, panel moderator, 2008-2017