Seth Lucia counsels clients on a wide range of energy regulation and policy matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He advises on all areas of electric utility, power and transmission regulation, including issues arising under both Parts I and II of the Federal Power Act. Seth assists clients in obtaining FERC authorizations for major energy transactions such as utility mergers and the purchase or sale of utility assets. He also advises companies on wholesale power and transmission matters, Independent System Operator (ISO) and Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) rules and markets, interconnection services and regulatory compliance and training.
Seth negotiates various energy-related agreements and participates in litigation and settlement proceedings at FERC, as well as appeals of FERC decisions. His energy experience also includes counseling clients in hydroelectric matters before FERC, including relicensing and license transfer proceedings.
Prior to law school, Seth worked as an associate consultant for a management, engineering and policy firm where he conducted Phase I environmental due diligence assessments and audits of energy and manufacturing facilities in the United States and Latin America.
Recent Notable Matters
Hydro One Limited — $5.3 billion acquisition of Avista Corporation in an all-cash transaction, establishing one of North America’s largest regulated electricity and natural gas businesses with more than $25.4 billion in combined assets
Great Plains Energy Incorporated — revised stock-for-stock merger of equals transaction with Westar Energy, Inc., creating a company with a combined equity value of approximately $14 billion, and with nearly 13,000 MW of generation capacity and more than 51,000 miles of distribution lines
Integrys Energy Group Inc. — transaction approvals at FERC related to the Wisconsin Energy Corp. acquisition of Integrys Energy Group Inc. for $9.1 billion in cash, stock and assumed debt
Alcoa Power Generating Inc. — sale of four hydroelectric power plants with an aggregate capacity of 215 MW located on the Yadkin River in North Carolina to an affiliate of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
PPL Montana, LLC — transaction approvals at FERC related to the sale of the Kerr hydroelectric project, a project with a capacity of 194 MW, to NorthWestern Corporation (d/b/a NorthWestern Energy)
Alcoa Power Generating Inc. — application before the FERC to obtain a new permanent hydroelectric license for the Yadkin Project (P-2197), consisting of four dams and reservoirs on the Yadkin River, with a total installed capacity of approximately 220 MW
Black Hills Corp./Colorado Electric Utility Company, LP — approvals at FERC related to the acquisition of a 60 MW wind generation facility located in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties, Colorado, from an affiliate of Invenergy Wind LLC
Alcoa Power Generating Inc. — approvals at FERC for the change in control of Alcoa Power Generating Inc. related to the corporate separation of Alcoa Inc. into two separate, publicly-traded companies Arconic Inc. and Alcoa Corp.
Arroyo Energy Investment Partners LLC — acquisition of the Broad River Energy Center, an 847 MW natural gas-fueled electric generation plant located in Gaffney, South Carolina from affiliates of Energy Capital Partners
Black Hills Corp./Colorado Electric Utility Company, LP — authorization by FERC of transmission tariff amendments and a Joint Dispatch Agreement with Public Service Company of Colorado and Platte River Power Authority to conduct joint dispatching of combined generation resources in Colorado
Integrys Energy Group, Inc. — transaction approvals at FERC related to the sale of 100 percent of the stock of Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners LP (BBIP), a U.K. infrastructure investment fund in a transaction valued at approximately $298 million
Black Hills Colorado IPP, LLC — approvals at FERC related to the sale of 49.9 percent interest in the owner of a 200 MW gas-fired plant in Pueblo, Colorado, to an affiliate of arGo Energy North America MM LLC
Integrys Energy Group, Inc. — transaction approvals at FERC related to the sale of power marketer entities to Exelon Generation Company LLC
Publications and Speeches
"Time For FERC To Re-Examine Its Hydropower License Policy," Law360, May 3, 2017.