Daniel R. Simon

Daniel R. Simon focuses on a wide range of energy regulatory issues, primarily involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state utility commissions. In the electricity sector, Mr. Simon represents regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs), vertically integrated electric utilities, independent power producers, qualifying facilities (QFs), renewable energy project developers, hydroelectric project licensees, and large commercial and industrial electricity consumers. In the crude oil and products sector, he represents producers, refiners, and traders, primarily as pipeline shippers.

Electricity Utilities and ISOs/RTOs

Mr. Simon regularly represents RTOs, ISOs, and investor-owned electric utilities in developing and complying with market rules and FERC regulatory requirements. He has represented clients during non-public FERC enforcement investigations and public enforcement proceedings, including managing complex discovery processes. Mr. Simon advises clients on obtaining FERC approval for jurisdictional transactions and mergers. He also helps clients create and implement internal FERC compliance programs and addressing issues involving North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability standards.

Renewable Energy Project Development and Acquisitions

Mr. Simon regularly represents multiple segments of the renewable energy sector, including project developers, owner/operators, and lending institutions. In the solar sector, he has worked with clients on a wide range of project types, from small rooftop and behind-the-meter projects, to large utility-scale projects, and community solar gardens. He advises clients on state Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements, interconnection, integration in ISO/RTO markets, and PURPA-related compliance issues for QFs and net metering. He frequently reviews and helps negotiation power purchase agreements (PPAs), interconnection agreements, and agreements involving project finance, project acquisitions, and tax equity investments.

He also assists large energy consumers in participating in demand response and net metering programs, operating behind-the-meter generating projects, and service disputes with host utilities.

Oil Pipeline Shippers

Mr. Simon advises producers, refiners, and traders on oil pipeline shipping and storage issues, including raising disputes with pipelines, and drafting/amending agreements with pipelines and producers to coordinate transactional activity with pipeline rules.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Simon was Counsel at Ballard Spahr. He also previously served as a trial attorney in FERC’s Office of Administrative Litigation where his work focused on litigating and settling numerous regulatory disputes covering a broad range of issues, including several high-profile cases involving the Western electricity crisis of 2000-2001 and allegations of market manipulation by Enron and others.

Good to know

Job Types Counsel
Areas of Practice 1) Energy and Project Finance and 2) Commodities and Derivatives
Law School University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D.,1999)
Admitted Year 1999
Education Duke University (B.A.,1993)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia State Bar Associations,North Carolina State Bar Associations
Most recent firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielrsimon
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