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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 101: Learn the Basics

Speaker(s): Susan J. Court
Recorded on: Mar. 24, 2015
PLI Program #: 137431

Susan J. Court is the Principal of SJC Energy Consultants, LLC, and also serves as a Hearing Officer for ReliabilityFirst Corporation (a Regional Entity that oversees electric utilities' compliance with standards related to the reliability of the nation's bulk-electric system). Until recently, she was a partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP, in Washington, D.C., where she concentrated on energy issues with a particular focus on enforcement of regulations promulgated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Susan was previously a senior lawyer and executive at FERC, which she joined in 1982.  From 2005 to 2009, Susan served as the agency's first Director of Enforcement following the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which literally converted FERC from an economic regulator to an enforcement agency, by greatly expanding its penalty authority and its jurisdiction in the areas of market manipulation, electric grid reliability, and natural gas and electric price transparency. Susan also served as the agency's Chief of Staff, Associate General Counsel for General and Administrative Law, Designated Agency Ethics Official, Deputy Solicitor, and Associate General Counsel for Gas and Oil. In 2005, Susan worked at the Irish Commission for Energy Regulation, a European Union Regulatory Authority, on assignment from FERC.