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Meg McNaul

Partner

Washington, D.C.
202 585 6940 202 585 6940 direct

Meg serves as an advisor and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) counsel to municipally-owned utilities around the country.

Meg counsels her clients on a broad range of regulatory and commercial issues relating to the energy sector. Focusing her practice on energy market policy and design and on transmission access and rates, Meg is active in policy development matters arising from the California Independent System Operator Corporations' wholesale market rules and works with her clients to understand and shape outcomes as the California markets expand to include participants from other states in the West. In connection with this work, Meg represents her clients in complex stakeholder initiatives at the California ISO and in proceedings before the FERC. Relatedly, she closely follows emerging developments related to distributed energy resources, the changing resource mix, and integration of energy storage.

With extensive experience in transmission rates, rate design, and access rules, Meg advises her clients regarding transmission and interconnection policies and requirements, and she works with her municipal utility clients to evaluate and resolve issues relating to transmission rates and access.

Meg also advises and advocates for clients in matters relating to compliance with federally-mandated electric reliability standards and other aspects of the Federal Power Act and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.

In addition to her work with utility clients, Meg works with large power consumers, providing advice concerning power supply transactions, including long-term power purchase arrangements.

TCLEs

The Big Bang: When the Worlds of Energy Law and Bankruptcy Law Collide

PURPA Policies Then and Now: The Latest Developments for Electric Utilities

Publications

“Prepared the 2021 update to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) Title II Compliance Manual, for the American Public Power Association, Edison Electric Institute and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association”;
2021

Presentations

Speaker, "PURPA: Finally, Some Good News"

Speaker, "PURPA Avoided Cost" webinar

Speaker, "PURPA: The Latest Developments for Electric Utilities,"
American Public Power Association Legal & Regulatory Conference, October 2017

Speaker, "PURPA Primer: The Basics and Current Legal Issues for Coops,"
South Dakota Rural Electric Association Legal Seminar. July 2017

Speaker, "Attorneys and Consultants: Partners in NERC Compliance,"
Energy Bar Association (EBA), October 2016

Speaker, "Building an Effective Internal Compliance Program: Emphasizing and Improving Your Organization’s Internal Controls,"
NAES NERC Users Conference August 2014

Speaker, "Cyber Security Strategies for Small Utilities,"
APPA Legal Seminar, October 2013

Speaker, "Providing Resources for NERC Compliance: Guidelines for Management and Governing Authorities,"
American Public Power Association Annual Meeting June 2012

Speaker, "The Settlement Process from the Registered Entity's Perspective," and "Best Practices for Managing Compliance Evidence,"
Cleveland Public Power NERC Reliability Standards Compliance Seminar March 2011

Instructor, “Compliance with NERC Reliability Standards: Highlights and Hurdles,”
American Public Power Association Engineering and Operations Technical Conference April 2008

Speaker, “A Platform for Compliance with Reliability Standards,”
California Municipal Utilities Association March 2007