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Molly Suda

Partner
+1.202.778.9452
Fax +1.202.778.9100

Molly Suda focuses her practice on regulatory compliance, enforcement, and transactional matters involving electric utilities, electric transmission owners, independent power producers, power marketers, and public utility holding companies that are active in the electricity, capacity, and ancillary services markets in the United States. Ms. Suda regularly represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), federal courts, and the Department of Justice and advises on issues before state public utility commissions.

Ms. Suda has represented clients in rulemaking proceedings and complex energy litigation matters and counseled clients on matters including participation in organized electricity markets; compliance with regional transmission organization and independent system operator tariff requirements and market rules; transmission rates, cost allocation, and service agreements; interconnection procedures and agreements; and market-based and cost-based sales of energy. Ms. Suda also focuses on the regulatory implications of integrating distributed energy resources and energy storage into wholesale energy and capacity markets, as well as issues associated with applications of blockchain technology in the energy industry.

Ms. Suda has experience in defending against investigations of alleged violations of the laws and rules administered and enforced by FERC. She also advises clients on regulatory matters associated with the acquisition, sale, and development of generation and transmission assets.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Suda was an extern for the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania. She was a summer associate with the firm in 2008.

Achievements

  • Washington DC Super Lawyers Magazine named Ms. Suda a "Rising Star" in the Energy and Natural Resources Practice Area in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Energy Bar Association, Professional Education Council, Vice Chair 2015-2016, Chair 2016-present
  • Women’s Energy Network, Washington DC Chapter

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Energy, Commodities, and Blockchain,” EY Insight Session, Houston, TX (January 18, 2017)
  • Represented public utilities requesting and renewing their market-based rate authority
  • Represented a public utility defending against challenges to its market-based rate authority in hearing before a FERC administrative law judge
  • Represented an independent power producer in Montana in negotiating a large generator interconnection agreement (LGIA) and transmission service agreements associated with its expansion of a hydro electric generation facility and change in point of interconnection
  • Represented several public utilities in complying with FERC’s e-Tariff and EQR filing requirements
  • Represented hydro electric power producer in headwater benefits proceeding
  • Represents public utility holding companies in the acquisition of operational solar and wind generation facilities and those in development
  • Represented a public utility in defending against a challenge to the annual update of its transmission formula rate
  • Represents transmission owners in a FERC proceeding to determine the proper cost allocation methodology to be used for high voltage transmission facilities in PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. (PJM)
  • Represented public utilities in Department of Justice merger review