Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke represents public power, government, and Tribes before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on licensing, spectrum, common carriage, and emerging technology issues. Our representation includes deployment of advanced broadband networks, wireless and fiber optic technologies, cable television (CATV) franchising and rates, and negotiating rights-of-way and pole attachments.
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke (“DWGP”) has been helping communities and municipalities purchase and develop power generation and distribution since the Firm’s founding. We have helped communities organize themselves, carving out franchises from incumbent utilities, aggregating load, and organizing into local power districts and joint action agencies. Community Choice Aggregation (“CCA”) is an organizing principle in which a community can come together and pool its electricity load to purchase or develop power, which typically relies on renewable or clean energy. .
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke has represented distribution and generation and transmission electric cooperatives for decades, including with respect to the Rural Utilities Service, the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, state commissions, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Firm's experience allows it to develop creative solutions to real-world challenges cooperative face.
Cyber security, information sharing and customer privacy are emerging areas of law due to smart technology deployment and a plethora of newsworthy cyber attacks. Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke guides clients through the myriad standards, policies and guidelines issued by NERC, FERC, NIST, NAESB, DOE and DHS, to prevent breaches and protect customer data.
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke counsels clients on all aspects of NERC Electric Reliability Compliance for both Operational (FERC Order 693) and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards, including: internal compliance programs, compliance training, self-certification, self-reporting, mock audits, Regional Entity data submittals, RSAWs, compliance audits, NOAVs, settlement negotiations and mitigation plans.
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke represents municipal electric utilities, rural electric cooperatives and government entities on all areas of energy and utility law. DWGP also represents natural gas clients on regulatory, policy, tariff, rate, certificate and contract matters. Our experienced practitioners provide comprehensive analysis of state and federal laws and regulations.
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke provides project development support to energy service companies (ESCOs), and advises them on all matters. Terry E. Singer, Of Counsel to the firm, is Executive Director of the National Association of Energy Service Companies.
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke has traditionally represented many of its utility and municipal clients in environmental matters. DWGP's broad experience in environmental issues enables it to provide clients with a full range of environmental services, from litigation of environmental matters to the development of long-term compliance strategies.
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke represents clients in government contract matters at the federal and state level. The Firm's experience enables it to provide prompt, accurate and in-depth analysis of state and federal procurement issues, laws and regulations. The Firm develops creative strategies and appropriate solutions for clients, provides advice on business decisions, negotiates, drafts and reviews contracts and agreements.
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke offers hydroelectric project owners and developers an unparalled depth of experience in all aspects of hydropower regulation. DWGP's attorneys have established credentials in the hydropower community and are involved in the licensing and development of hydroelectric projects nationwide. The Firm provides our clients the prompt and personal attention they require in addressing all their hydropower project development, licensing, relicensing and compliance needs, and in assisting in due dilgence on hydro asset acquisitions. DWGP's clients include irrigation districts, public and private utilities and developers.
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke provides counseling, regulatory representation, and litigation services to assist clients in obtaining, monetizing, protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights, including rights they may have in their inventions, names, logos, slogans and brands.
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke has extensive experience in municipal law, having served municipalities' legal requirements for over twenty years. The Firm's insight into municipal concerns and its broad municipal experience enables it to provide effective and focused legal support to municipalities. The Firm serves municipalities directly or through the municipality's law department or outside counsel.
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke offers significant experience incorporating and representing nonprofits, including charities, associations and cooperatives. The Firm advises on choice of business model, drafting and revising articles of incorporation and bylaws, and conflict of interest, document retention and whistleblower policies. We serve as general counsel, advising on regulatory, legislative, contractual, and employment matters.
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke advises clients on the influence of public policy and other political activity, advising and assisting clients in complying with laws and regulations governing ethics, campaign finance (including PACs), gifts and travel rules for elected officials and federal lobbying under the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act ("HOLGA").
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke advises biofuel, biomass, geothermal, ocean thermal energy conversion, solar, waste-to-energy, and wind development clients through every phase of project development and funding. DWGP negotiates interconnection and power purchase agreements to deliver renewable resources to markets and help utilities meet carbon, greenhouse gas and renewable portfolio standard goals.
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke provides federal and state level support for grid modernization efforts. The Firm assists in securing funding to install Advanced Metering Infrastructure (“AMI”) facilities and work-force training, as well as implementing demand-side management programs, energy efficiency measures, smart meter integration, customer privacy protections, smart grid technology deployment, and distributed generation.
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer, & Pembroke represents state utility commissions before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and United States Circuit Courts of Appeals. Our attorneys, many of whom have served as in-house counsel at state commissions or FERC, are well-known and highly-regarded in the energy bar and at FERC. DWGP has decades of experience managing complex federal public utility litigation and energy policy issues that affect state commissions.