Blake Urban advises clients on regulatory matters in the electric and natural gas industries before federal and state regulatory agencies and appellate courts. He represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on matters under the Federal Power Act, Public Utility Holding Company Act, and Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. Blake’s practice also includes representing clients on various issues before Administrative Law Judges.
He has represented clients in state electric regulatory proceedings in Florida and California involving complex issues of rate design and policy affecting the industry. In addition, Blake has represented clients in appeals from regulatory agency decisions before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Ninth Circuits.
After law school, Blake worked in the Office of the General Counsel for FERC, where he reviewed and analyzed filings and responsive pleadings submitted under the Federal Power Act, including Sections 205 and 206.
Recent Notable Matters
GDF SUEZ Energy North America (ENGIE) — representing five of its subsidiaries in reactive power revenue requirement FPA Section 206 proceedings before FERC to determine just and reasonable rates; also assisted client with RTO/ISO registration and compliance
Alcoa Power Generating Inc. — drafting and filing pursuant to FPA Section 205 Open Access Transmission Tariffs, including development of transmission rates
Black Hills Power, Inc. — drafting and implementing transmission formula rate protocols, including annual informational filing
Central Maine Power Company — matters pertaining to FERC
New York State Electric & Gas Corporation — various transmission interconnection issues and service agreements; also advised on matters pertaining to transmission expansion
TransCanada Energy Ltd. — litigation before FERC pertaining to wholesale sales of electricity during the 2000-2001 Western Energy Crisis