Energy Policy & Legislation

Sheila Hollis: Energy Law Career

We talked with Sheila Hollis, partner and chair of the Washington office of Duane Morris, LLP

Sheila Slocum Hollis is chair of the Washington, D.C. office of Duane Morris LLP, and was the office's founding managing partner, as well as the founding practice group leader for the firm's Energy, Environment and Resources Practice Group. She was the first director of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, establishing the office and its policies and procedures, serving from 1977 to 1980. She began her energy law career as a trial lawyer at the Federal Power Commission from 1974 to 1975.

When Super Heroes Clash

When Policy and Practice Don't Match

In Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the heroes align to achieve greater things for humanity than either could do alone. A similar story plays out in real life, starring legislators and regulators.

Nuclear Closures

Where is the Public Interest?

Debates rage in state houses across the country about subsidizing the weakening nuclear power industry. Not for new nuclear plants, but rather subsidies to prevent the early retirement of existing nuclear power stations.

Just Two FERC Commissioners

We sat down with chair Cheryl LaFleur and commissioner Colette Honorable as their extraordinary time as the only members of the FERC continues.

Since early February 2017, FERC has faced an unprecedented freeze of certain major agenda items when one of its three remaining commissioners resigned, leaving just two. The agency usually has five commissioners, and typically needs a quorum of at least three to approve certain projects. FERC has never been in a situation in which it had just two commissioners until this year.

Zero Emissions Credits

State Priorities vs. Regional Differences

Recently adopted state programs to foster existing nuclear generation are being challenged in the courts for potentially infringing on FERC’s wholesale market jurisdiction. 2017 could prove to be the year when state policy priorities began to elbow aside voluntary regional market constructs.