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Thomas Blackburn

Senior Counsel

Washington, D.C.
202 585 6979 direct

Involved in energy regulatory law for decades, Tom helped shape the regulations that affect this complex industry. His comprehensive understanding of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in particular FERC's policies regarding open-access electric transmission service, is unparalleled.

Tom counsels clients in their interactions with regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and is currently advising two large non-public utilities in navigating the complex process of joining an RTO. In addition to open-access transmission service, including transmission rates and incentive transmission rates, his work includes utility compliance with FERC Standards of Conduct, affiliate restrictions, anti-market manipulation requirements, market behavior rules, and contract negotiation. He regularly advises clients on compliance with FERC regulations and conducts training sessions and audits. He also has represented clients in arbitration and before the United States Court of Contract Appeals.

With the exception of California and New York, Tom has worked on transmission and generation issues in every region of the continental U.S., representing investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and industry trade associations before the FERC. Tom has a well-earned reputation for crafting innovative solutions to transmission-related problems. His clients and their opponents recognize that his reasoned approach to disputes is more likely to lead to positive outcomes for both sides.