Julia Weller has worked in electricity and natural gas regulation and transactions for over 30 years. Her current focus is on promotion of investment in clean energy and energy efficiency projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in emerging markets. She has worked on a wide variety of matters related to investment in energy infrastructure and in regulation of electricity production, distribution, and transmission, in Albania, Armenia, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, France, Georgia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan and Ukraine.

In the U.S., Julia worked for many years on regulation of natural gas pipelines, representing local distribution companies, marketers and gas-fired generators.

Julia advises emerging market governments, state-owned utilities, private investors, international financial institutions, electricity transmission system operators, and electricity market operators in the following areas:
 

  • Public-private partnerships in energy infrastructure projects
  • Privatization of state-owned energy sector asses
  • Energy sector restructuring
  • Renewable energy development
  • Energy efficiency improvements
  • Energy legislation
  • Wholesale electricity market design
  • Regulatory capacity building

Honors & Distinctions

  • Chair of the Energy Bar Association's International Energy and Transactions Committee and has held positions as Board Member of the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment and the District of Columbia Women's Bar Association.
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™, the highest possible rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected as a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer" by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to the National Law Journal's inaugural list of "Energy & Environmental Trailblazers" in 2015
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Energy Law since 2014
  • Included in the summer edition of Arrive magazine (distributed on Amtrak trains) as one of the AV® Preeminent™ women lawyers practicing in the Boston to Washington D.C. corridor

 

Professional Activities

Member, Energy Bar Association

Member, Women's Council on Energy & the Environment

Member, Canadian American Bar Association

Member, DC Bar Association

Publications

Energy Law Journal, Vol. 38, No. 1, Legal Aspects of EU Energy Regulation: The Consolidation of Energy Law Across Europe (2nd Edition) (2017) (reviewed by)

Energy Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 1, Report of the Renewable Energy & Demand-Side Management Committee (2010) (contributor to annual report)

Civic Activities

Board Member, Wildwood Manor Community Swimming Pool Association, 2007-2010

Practice Areas

Julia's recent and current work includes:

Representative Experience

  • Kyrgyzstan on the CASA 1000 Transmission Project, which will enable the sale of excess summer hydropower from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to energy-starved Pakistan and Afghanistan by building a 1300 mw DC line from Central Asia to South Asia.
  • Jamaica drafting amendments to the Electricity Law to attract private investment in generation and distribution to reduce end user tariffs
  • Saudi Arabia, advising the Electricity and Cogeneration Authority on a variety of issues related to proposed investment in grid-scale solar and atomic power generation to displace thermal power.
  • Moldova drafting a new Electricity Act to implement the European Union's Third Energy Package to comply with Moldova's obligations under the Energy Community Treaty.
  • Kazakhstan coordinating a team of International and Kazakh experts and participating in the drafting of a Green Economy Law for Kazakhstan involving amendments to 28 laws covering everything from the Environmental Code and the Water Code to the Energy Law and the Tax Code; to implement international best practices in water and waste management, air emissions, and energy efficiency.
  • Also in Kazakhstan, coordinating team of energy efficiency experts and drafting proposed legal amendments under the EBRD-funded Resource Efficiency Transformation project to improve energy efficiency in the industrial sector.
  • Albania under a USAID-funded project on a draft Power Sector Law and discussions with the Energy Community Secretariat regarding amendments to the Albanian Market Design and Albania's Electricity Law and Renewable Energy Law.
  • Central and Eastern Europe leading a legal review of sector policies addressing climate change and promoting the transition to low carbon economies.
  • Georgia on issues related to promotion of private investment in the development of hydropower projects for export of power to Turkey and other neighboring countries; work included drafting and negotiating a Cross-Border Transmission Agreement between Georgia and Turkey, reviewing and editing Georgia's market rules, and drafting amendments to the Energy Act to comply with the Energy & Community Treaty.
  • Ukraine on compliance of Ukrainian laws with the Protocol on Accession of Ukraine to the Energy Community; reviewing electricity sector legal acts, and advising on drafting amendments to bring laws in line with those of European Commission Directives
  • Central Asia on creation of regional electricity and gas markets to encourage coordination of cross-border interconnection investments.
  • Kyrgyzstan on project documents and other contract issues related to public-private partnership for high-voltage transmission line linking the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.