We are pleased to announce that Michael Rustum has joined the firm as a Partner in our Energy Practice.

Mr. Rustum concentrates his practice in energy and public utility law and has extensive experience with respect to the regulation of the electric power industry. He has participated in all stages of the regulatory and litigation process representing alternative energy developers, independent power producers, power marketers, investor-owned and cooperative electric utilities, state power authorities, and trade associations in a variety of proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Mr. Rustum advises clients on the regulatory implications of commercial transactions. Additionally, he counsels clients on corporate reorganizations or acquisitions under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), market-based rates under Section 205 of the FPA, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, obtaining approvals for exempt wholesale generators and qualifying facilities, and representing client interests in regional transmission organizations providing interconnection and open-access transmission service and operating real-time energy markets.

Mr. Rustum is experienced in matters involving new generation interconnection, open access transmission service and pricing, wholesale power market administration, competitive power procurement, determinations of wholesale and retail jurisdiction, the establishment and implementation of station power rules, net metering, reactive power compensation, rate design, power marketing activities, and general FERC compliance. He has been responsible for preparing power sales and transmission service tariffs, applications, power pool agreements, complaints, rate filings, appellate court briefs, and numerous other pleadings, comments, testimony, and position statements regarding a wide variety of electric matters.

Prior to joining the Washington, DC office of Potomac Law, Mr. Rustum was at Winston & Strawn LLP.

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