Rick Sparling is counsel in the firm's Energy Group. He specializes in electric utility regulation and business matters, primarily representing investor-owned electric utilities as regulatory counsel before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Rick has extensive knowledge of the electric utility industry and experience litigating traditional utility rate cases and drafting agreements associated with the purchase, sale and transmission of electric power, including transmission service agreements and tariffs, interconnection agreements, and capacity and energy sales tariffs.
He has been involved in implementing and evaluating various federal and state industry restructuring proposals, including proposals concerning merchant transmission projects, stranded cost recovery, transmission access and cost allocation, PURPA reform, RTO formation and retail choice.
Rick received his J.D. in 1991 from Georgetown University,where he was executive editor of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Technology. Rick received his B.A. in 1985 from George Washington University.
- Successfully litigated a FERC proceeding concerning the allocation of transmission upgrade costs to merchant transmission developers.
- Assisted a large wind generation developer in the successful solicitation of transmission capacity rights.
- Represented a large electric utility client in connection with its integration into PJM.