Sandra E. Rizzo

Former Head, Energy Regulatory Group at Bracewell LLP

Sandra E. Rizzo

Sandra E. Rizzo

Former Head, Energy Regulatory Group at Bracewell LLP


Sandra E. Rizzo
Rizzo, Sandra E.
Washington, D.C.
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F 202.857.4815
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Sandra Rizzo is the head of the firm's Energy Regulatory Group. Her clients include electric utilities, power marketers, independent power producers, and investment and hedge funds owning securities of electric utility holding companies. She assists clients in litigated proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state and federal courts; advocates regarding the development of and changes to federal regulatory policies, regulations and rules applicable to the electric industry; and advises clients regarding regulatory compliance and enforcement issues, including compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's reliability standards.

She has counseled and represented clients participating in organized wholesale electric markets, including PJM, ISO New England, NYISO and CAISO, in litigation involving contract disputes, transaction finality, market rule compliance and capacity markets. She has participated in rulemaking and policy proceedings involving competition in wholesale electric markets, market monitoring and pricing issues. She advises clients on a daily basis regarding compliance issues, develops comprehensive compliance programs, prepares regulatory filings, such as Federal Power Act Section 203 applications and applications for market-based rate authority, and represents clients involved in enforcement proceedings.

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Representative Matters

Transmission Access Policy Study Group, et al. v. FERC, 225 F.3d 667 (D.C. Cir. 2000).

Washington Water Power Co., et al. v. FERC, 201 F.3d 497 (D.C. Cir. 2000).

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers v. FERC, et al., 254 F.3d 289 (D.C. Cir. 2001).

Puget Sound Energy Inc. v. All Jurisdictional Sellers of Energy and/or Capacity at Wholesale Into Electric Markets in the Pacific Northwest, 96 FERC ¶ 63,044 (2001).

Public Utilities Commission of the State of California v. Sellers of Long Term Contracts to the California Department of Water Resources, et al., 102 FERC ¶ 63,013 (2003).

Public Utilities Commission of the State of California v. El Paso Natural Gas Company, et al., 97 FERC ¶ 63,004 (2001).

City of Alma, MI, 96 FERC ¶ 61,163 (2001).

City of Bedford, VA, et al., 66 FERC ¶ 61,186 (1994).

Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P., 81 FERC ¶ 63,012 (1997).

Northwest Pipeline Corp., 82 FERC ¶ 63,012 (1998).

Re Citizens Utilities Company, et al., Docket No. E-1032-94-293 et al., Arizona Corporation Commission (1994).

PPL Wallingford Energy LLC, et al. v. FERC, 419 F.3d 1194 (D.C. Cir. 2005).
Publications and Speeches

"The Debate On State-Sponsored Power Plants Continues," Law360, February 2012

"Seeking Standards Through a Proactive Compliance Initiative," 68th Plenary Session of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, December, 2012

"2012 Update on FERC Enforcement Activity," American Conference Institute, November 2012

"Developments in Competitive Electricity Markets," Edison Electric Institute, Fall Legal Committee, October 2012

J.D., The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, 1992
B.A., George Washington University, 1989
Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), 2010-2012; Energy, 2009
US Legal 500, Energy: Litigation, 2008-2012, Energy: Transaction and Regulatory, 2011
ILO Client Choice Awards 2012, U.S. Energy and Natural Resources
Expert Guides to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers, 2013

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Former Head, Energy Regulatory Group at Bracewell LLP

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Career History
Head, Energy Regulatory Group
? - 2014

Bracewell LLP is an American private company located in New York, NY, that provides legal services.

2014 - Prior

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