Considering the Grid was developed and is maintained by Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP to assist regulators, consumer advocates, public power entities, and others interested in understanding and confronting the current challenges facing the energy sector. These challenges—which include new environmental regulations, advancements in technology, and the shifting role of utilities and customers—are transforming the status quo for the energy business. All public sector members, regardless of their position on a particular issue, should have easy access to information about the latest developments in the field—including regulations, court decisions, and technical analyses. Considering the Grid serves that role.
Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP was formed in 1967 to represent the public side of our nation’s critical infrastructure industries, including energy, telecommunications, and aviation. From the day that George Spiegel (1919–1997) decided to establish a law practice to champion consumers, communities and cooperatives in protecting their rights against private utility companies, our lawyers have sought to practice law in accordance with three very basic propositions:
- Public sector and consumer-owned entities are entitled to legal representation of the highest quality, at a cost they can afford. No public agency or consumer-owned enterprise should be forced to operate from a position of weakness because of its legal representation.
- In any technical area, lawyers should be conversant with more than just the fine points of the law. We must be able to communicate effectively with clients, expert witnesses, judges and others about highly technical matters.
- Our clients are entitled to lawyers who approach problems with a broad perspective. Narrow thinking leads to narrow solutions, and narrow solutions are usually poor solutions. We fight to promote consumer interests against
The blog started in 2015 with a focus on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, a regulation aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel fired electric plants. It has evolved to cover, more broadly, the interplay among federal environmental regulations, state and federal energy activities, and utility operations.
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