Firm News and Announcements

Matthew Rudolphi Completes Service as Energy Bar President

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DWGP congratulates Matt Rudolphi for a successful year as President of the Energy Bar Association (EBA).  In serving as EBA President, Matt oversaw the energy industry’s preeminent organization committed to promoting the excellence of energy attorneys, professionals and students within the legal, regulatory, and political realm.  During his tenure, Matt worked to advance EBA’s strategic goals of: (1) building and growing a regional focus, (2) optimizing membership strategies, (3) enhancing content and its accessibility, and (4) expanding participation and leadership opportunities.  Under Matt’s leadership EBA established, fostered, and received initial reports from three new affinity groups: the Energy Professionals Council, the Masters Council, and the In-House Counsel Task Force.  EBA greatly benefitted from Matt’s stewardship, and we are proud to have him as a valued member of the DWGP team.

DWGP is pleased to support the Light Up Navajo Initiative to bring electricity to rural Navajo households

Several attorneys of DWGP presented a check to Wally Haase, General Manager of the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, in support of the Light Up Navajo Nation initiative.
(left to right: Derek Dyson, Lisa Gast, Tom Rudebusch, Wally Haase, Adriana Velez-Leon, Lee Ewing, Pete Scanlon).
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The Navajo people often live on large parcels of land, creating significant distances between neighboring homes, producing one of the lowest number of utility customers per mile in the U.S. and a high cost of providing service.  As a result, it is often cost-prohibitive to provide utility services to individual homes on much of the Navajo Nation.  While over the past ten years, the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) has electrified over 4,800 homes, there remain over 15,000 homes (over 60,000 Americans) within the Navajo Nation without electricity.  In an effort to advance the electrification of homes within the Navajo Nation, in 2018, NTUA in coordination with the American Public Power Association (APPA) and its members created the Light Up Navajo! initiative.  DWGP encourages you to vist the website and learn more about the Light Up Navajo! initiative and consider donating to the GoFundMe page for the effort:  https://www.publicpower.org/LightUpNavajo.

Modesto Irrigation District Awarded Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Designation

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DWG&P client Modesto Irrigation District (MID) has been awarded the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA). MID, located in the Central Valley of California and organized and operating pursuant to the State of California Water Code since 1887, undertakes both electric and water operations on behalf of its customers. APPA’s RP3 designation recognizes the commitment of public power utilities in ensuring and promoting reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Over 275 public power entities nationwide have been recognized through the RP3 designation. DWG&P congratulates MID on its achievement.

For further information regarding MID, please click here, and for information regarding APPA, please click here.

DWG&P offers counseling and representation regarding regulations issued to ensure system reliability. Please contact Sean Neal as one of several attorneys at DWG&P able to provide assistance regarding electric reliability.

Jeff Genzer Presented on Advanced Metering Infrastructure at NARUC

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On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, DWGP President Jeff Genzer  presented on advanced metering infrastructure (“AMI”) deployment at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (“NARUC”) Winter Policy Summit.  Mr. Genzer, who serves as General Counsel to the National Association of State Energy Officials (“NASEO”), provided his perspective on the theme of the panel:  whether AMI data programs are keeping up with the evolving market and producing the benefits that customers and regulators were promised.  For more information, please contact Jeff Genzer.

Matt Rudolphi Presented on Regulation of Broadband by FCC

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On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, DWGP Shareholder Matthew R. Rudolphi  presented on the Regulatory Overview panel at the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association’s (“TVPPA”) “Fiber University” conference.  Mr. Rudolphi’s presentation provided an overview of FCC regulation of broadband and voice providers, with specific emphasis on the particular periodic filing requirements.   The Fiber University conference provides a venue for public power utilities to share experiences and learn from subject matter experts in technology, law, finance, and marketing of broadband systems.  For more information or to request a copy of his presentation, please contact Matt Rudolphi.

Derek Dyson Presented on the Implications of Grid Modernization for Tribal Communities

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On Friday, December 7, 2018, Derek Dyson presented to the National Conference of State Legislatures Capitol Forum on Grid Modernization, with a focus on electrification and bringing water services to tribal communities.  Mr. Dyson specifically addressed work with the Navajo Nation and identified opportunities for legislators to help ensure that basic electric and water services are provided to tribal communities.  Founded in 1975, the National Conference of State Legislatures supports state legislatures by providing tools, information and resources to allow them to craft solutions for complex problems.  Mr. Dyson is shareholder at DWGP and serves as counsel to the Navajo Nation Tribal Utility Authority.