Ty Johnson counsels domestic and international energy clients on regulatory matters before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Bonneville Power Administration, and other federal agencies. As a former U.S. naval officer operating submarine nuclear power generation and conducting ship-board operations, Ty brings uncommon technical experience to energy generation and transmission, and he leverages his naval managerial experience to lead clients through complex regulatory proceedings and litigation. Ty advises developers pursuing offshore wind projects concerning BOEM’s permitting process, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and related litigation. Ty also represents energy marketers and transmission owners in matters involving compliance with the Federal Power Act and counsels clients involved in regulatory litigation before FERC and in related appellate litigation.
Ty also counsels clients involved in regulatory litigation before FERC and in related appellate litigation. In addition, Ty counsels clients regarding FERC’s natural gas transportation regulations, including representing shippers and pipelines in FERC regulatory and transactional matters, such as tariff and certificate proceedings, compliance audits and enforcement proceedings. Ty also advises clients on numerous aspects of liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports and exports, such as Department of Energy licensing and FERC proceedings.
Recent Notable Matters
Equinor — $1.1 billion sale of a 50 percent interest in two US offshore wind development projects to BP, including formation of a partnership to develop and operate the Empire Wind project offshore New York and Beacon Wind project offshore Massachusetts, which together could generate up to 4.4 GW
Foreign natural gas company — development of a potential LNG export terminal in Canada, including advice on the Department of Energy’s regulation of LNG exports when such project would export U.S.-sourced natural gas as LNG from Canada
Several customers of a major U.S. LNG export terminals — Department of Energy’s registration, reporting, and compliance obligations
Power marketers — compliance with FERC’s electric market-based rate program, including preparing applications for market-based rates, change in status filings, and triennial market power analyses
Transmission owners — compliance with FERC’s open access requirements for transmission service
Transmission developer — regulatory aspects of developing a merchant electric transmission line
Power marketer — rate case proceedings before the Bonneville Power Administration
Natural gas pipeline companies — development of FERC regulated infrastructure projects
Crude and petroleum product pipeline company — audits and reviews of the client’s compliance with FERC’s regulations under the Interstate Commerce Act
Crude and petroleum products pipelines — jurisdictional analyses and advising on regulatory compliance
Publications and Speeches
"California Unlocked - An update on offshore wind development goals set by California," Reuters US Offshore Wind 2022 Conference, July 11, 2022.
"Costs, Finance, and Risks and Rewards," Resources for the Future Offshore Wind: Today's Challenges and Tomorrow's Opportunities, December 2021.
"FERC Audits," Power Regulatory Webinar Series, October 26, 2016.
"US LNG Exports – Looking Back at the Regulatory Developments in 2015," Oil & Gas Financial Journal, February 2016.