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About Ty

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.

Experience

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

“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.

Credentials

Education

American University, Washington College of Law,
J.D.
2010
cum laude
Yale University,
B.S.
2000

Bar Admissions

Washington
District of Columbia
New York

Affiliations

Northwest and Intermountain Power Producers Coalition
Associate Board Member
Energy Bar Association
Member

News

Insights

Insights

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

BL Rankings
Best Lawyers
Ones to Watch, Energy Law, 2021 - 2022
Thomson Reuters
Washington Super Lawyers
Rising Star, 2019 - 2021

Events