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Jesse Halpern


Washington, D.C.
202 585 6962 direct

Jesse's practice focuses on electric transmission matters including open-access transmission service, cost-of-service and formula transmission rates, generation and transmission interconnection matters, and regional transmission organization (RTO) issues, including the integration of transmission owners into RTOs.

She also helps clients comply with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability standards, leading them through the NERC enforcement process, from audits to spot checks to self-reports. In addition, Jesse has substantial experience with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) compliance and audit matters, including compliance with the FERC Standards of Conduct and Affiliate Restrictions.

Prior to entering private practice, Jesse worked as an economist in FERC's Office of Enforcement. She spent four years in the Division of Audits, where she participated in and led numerous regulated company audits, developed audit programs, and provided technical skill for investigations. Prior to that, she worked in the oversight group, where she prepared reports for FERC commissioners on energy market trends and industry-related issues. Jesse also gained FERC and state commission experience as a summer law clerk while attending law school.

Representative Matters

Advising two investor-owned utilities in rewriting their NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliance programs

Advising several investor-owned utilities and cooperative clients in preparing for NERC CIP audits, including leading mock audits and interviewing CIP subject matter experts, reviewing and revising Reliability Standard Audit Worksheet responses, and reviewing and suggesting additional evidence of compliance

Advising several investor-owned utilities and an independent power producer in preparing self-reports to Regional Entities

Preparing a comprehensive NERC compliance program addressing NERC CIP and non-CIP Reliability Standards on behalf of an independent power producer

Representing an active intervenor in both a stated rate case and a formula rate case before FERC, including filing a protest, request for rehearing, and testimony; working with expert witnesses; and negotiating a settlement with other intervenors and the company

Advising several cooperative clients in their efforts to join the Southwest Power Pool, a Regional Transmission Organization, including preparing and supporting tariff changes and formula rates