5 Things That Keep Utility Attorneys Up At Night

By Keith Goldberg (April 25, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT) -- Seismic shifts in traditional power sources and the increased unbundling of power generation and transmission. The ascendance of renewable energy on the electric grid, including user-generated energy. An increasingly influential Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Those are just some of the things that add up to a challenging operating environment for U.S. utilities and the attorneys who represent them. It also adds up to an uncertain future, attorneys say.

"The biggest worry, I think, for the utility in-house attorney is the ever-shrinking world of the utility," said David Huard, a former FERC trial attorney and in-house counsel for a natural gas utility...

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