John represents many local gas utilities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and federal appellate courts. He assists local governmental entities with issues arising from their ownership of all types of energy infrastructure, including assisting them in forming joint action agencies. He serves as General Counsel to the American Public Gas Association (APGA).
When FERC restructured pipeline services in Order No. 636, John fought for and obtained changes to benefit his clients. He testified before Congress concerning the order’s consumer impact and argued the appeal of Order No. 636 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the APGA. He has steered clients through the regulatory implementation of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He has advocated before the Department of Energy concerning appliance efficiency standards. He advises clients on the impact of clean energy and climate legislation being implemented in states and in Congress.
John’s transactional work includes North American Energy Standards Board and International Swaps and Derivatives Association agreements. He helps clients negotiate contracts for electric and natural gas transmission service, coordination arrangements and power and natural gas supply, including municipal bond-financed prepaid natural gas agreements. He has assisted clients with creating energy joint-action agencies in South Carolina and New Mexico.
Earlier in his career, John served as Assistant General Counsel for the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, which regulates the retail rates of utilities serving the nation’s capital.
John writes and lectures regularly on energy matters. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association. He has served as Clerk of Session of the National Presbyterian Church since 2011.