Andrew Weissman is senior counsel in the law firm's Energy practice and is located in the Washington, DC office. During the course of his more than 30-year career, Mr. Weissman has been lead counsel to major industry players and financial institutions on numerous high-stakes, cutting edge issues affecting the energy industry.
The matters he has handled involve federal and state energy and environmental regulatory agencies, Regional Transmission Organizations regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, the White House, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, corporate transactional work, energy financing, and major litigation in federal and state courts. He also has served as an expert witness in numerous energy regulatory proceedings and arbitrations.
His clients have included more than fifty large electric and gas utilities, merchant generators, major financial institutions, oil and gas producers, coal producers, energy traders, private equity funds, retail and wholesale energy marketers, equipment vendors, major railroads, and large energy users.
In addition to representing these clients in regulatory and transactional work and litigation, he has frequently been asked to provide strategic advice and counseling to his clients, typically at the C-Suite level. Mr. Weissman has a reputation for developing innovative solutions to complex legal and business problems, developing creative new structures for business transactions and new approaches to address major public policy issues.
During the period immediately after the enactment of Title IV of the Clean Air Act, Mr. Weissman helped to pioneer implementation of the first major federal “cap and trade” emissions trading program, involving trading of SO2 emissions to control acid rain. He negotiated 12 of the first 13 transactions under the Act, including the historic first SO2 allowance deal between Tennessee Valley Authority and Wisconsin Power & Light. He also helped to draft the “Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act” in Colorado, which resulted in an increased use of natural gas-fired generation and renewable energy in the state. Both of these programs have been cited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the basis for its recently promulgated Clean Power Plan, which imposes federal restrictions on CO2 emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired generating units.
Mr. Weissman has played a major role in helping to transform energy and environmental policy at the federal and state level, assisting in development of major federal and state energy regulatory programs and crafting federal and state legislation embodying novel approaches to controversial energy and environmental issues. He also has helped to expand access to the transmission grid, increase competition in wholesale and retail electricity markets, and ensure rate recovery for major capital expenditures for environmental compliance and construction of nuclear and natural gas-fired generation.
In addition, he has served as lead litigation counsel in numerous heavily-litigated, high profile regulatory proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state public utility commissions, and federal and state courts and advised clients on federal energy and environmental regulatory issues relating to export of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
Mr. Weissman is well known for his insights into U.S. and global energy markets. He is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Energy Business Watch, a market advisory service that provides in-depth, cutting-edge analysis of the North American electricity markets and the U.S. and global natural gas and oil markets.
He also is asked to speak frequently before major national organizations, write frequently for industry publications and is quoted frequently in the national media.
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