Phyllis Kimmel represents clients in energy regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and in federal appellate courts. For over two decades, she has helped rural electric cooperatives, state agencies, trade associations and other nonprofit organizations in all phases of administrative litigation and in rulemaking proceedings at FERC.
Phyllis has negotiated and litigated on electric transmission and production formula rates and has participated in numerous settlement negotiations involving tariffs, transmission rates and wholesale market rules. Phyllis counsels her clients on the implications of changes in wholesale market rules in regional transmission organizations in several of the Regional Transmission Organizations.
Phyllis has extensive experience analyzing and responding to FERC rulemakings for rural electric cooperatives, addressing open access transmission rules, transmission planning and cost allocation, integration of renewable resources, demand response, transmission incentives, generator interconnections, market-based rates, and competition in wholesale markets. Phyllis’s clients turn to her when facing complex questions involving open access transmission tariff compliance, and she has conducted trainings on FERC regulatory compliance.
Active in pro bono work, she was designated by the New York State Bar Association as an Empire State Counsel in 2015 and named to the D.C. Bar’s Capitol Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2017, both in recognition of performing 50 or more hours of pro bono legal services. Phyllis is the principal contributing author of Chapter 80, Rates and Tariffs in Energy Law and Transactions (2016, Matthew Bender & Co.).
Prior to entering private practice in 2001, Phyllis served for four years as Assistant People’s Counsel for the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia, where she represented D.C. gas, electric and telecommunications ratepayers before the D.C. Public Service Commission. She has also practiced as an attorney for the National Consumer Law Center, where she advocated on behalf of low-income energy consumers.