Alan J. Statman

Alan Statman has more than 30 years of experience representing investor-owned utilities, independent transmission companies, and independent power projects before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state public utility commissions, state regulatory agencies, and federal courts.

His practice focuses on utility law, administrative litigation, and rate regulation, including the design and implementation of compliance programs. Mr. Statman is particularly active in the restructuring of utility assets, mergers and acquisitions, and transmission project development. He has extensive experience in litigating rate proceedings at FERC from the perspectives of both the utility and the customer.

He was praised by Chambers USA 2011 as a "heavy hitter who adds weight to pleadings" and an "experienced litigator with great instincts.” Chambers USA 2012 described Mr. Statman as "creative" and having "business acumen," and Chambers USA 2014 touts him as a "very thoughtful, strategic thinker" who “has lots of experience to bring to the table.” Chambers USA 2013 also noted that Mr. Statman maintains "terrific relationships within the FERC regulatory arena."

Mr. Statman was a founder of Trans-Elect, Inc., North America's first ITC, and held various positions with the company including Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, from Trans-Elect's inception in 1999 until 2005.

Mr. Statman has authored several articles and routinely speaks at conferences and seminars addressing restructuring of utility assets, with a focus on investment in transmission projects and the development of favorable rate structures.

He has been a Managing Shareholder of Wright & Talisman since 1993. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Statman was an associate at a major international law firm and clerked for federal judges on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. While in law school, Mr. Statman was the editor of the Syracuse Law Review.

Representative Experience

Representing Ameren Corporation and its affiliates in proceedings before FERC, including compliance, complaints, market-based rates, standards of conduct, power-related agreements, and wholesale market matters.

Representing Trans Bay Cable in its 2013 transmission rate case.

Successfully filed a petition on transmission infrastructure investment incentives for Ameren Transmission Company for two major transmission projects in Illinois with an asset value of $1 billion. The incentives FERC granted include recovery of construction work in progress (CWIP) before the lines are in service and recovery of prudently incurred costs if the projects are abandoned for reasons beyond Ameren’s control.

Developed the innovative rate structure and was instrumental in the creation and development of both Michigan Electric Transmission Company (METC), the first ITC in North America, and Path 15 project, the first greenfield ITC in North America.

Successfully obtained the first-ever rates granted to an ITC under FERC’s new authority under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 for StarTrans IO, a subsidiary of Starwood Energy Group Global.

Obtained ground-breaking approvals from FERC for the transfer of electric generation facilities from a regulated utility to an unregulated affiliate for Ameren Corporation and its affiliates.

Represented NewCorp Resources Electric Cooperative, Inc., a transmission-only entity, and Cap Rock Energy Corporation, an electric utility, in proceedings before FERC, including those involving appropriate cost-of-service rates, development of fuel cost recovery mechanism and customer protection protocols, development of electric transmission formula rate and protocols, and the negotiations for long-term power supply agreements.

Represented Southwestern Public Services Company (SPS), for nearly 20 years, on all matters before FERC including the successful litigation of numerous rate proceedings. In addition, he represented both SPS and Public Service Company of Colorado in their merger proceedings before FERC.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Electric Energy Regulation and 2) Natural Gas & Oil Transmission & Distribution
Law School J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 1978
Education B.A., high honors, Oregon State University, 1975
Bar Member / Association Florida State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association
Most recent firm Wright & Talisman PC
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