Ruta Skučas counsels her clients on energy issues, focusing primarily on electric and natural gas matters, before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state and federal entities, including federal courts and state public utility commissions. Her clients range from financial institutions and power marketers to traditional utilities.

Ruta's clients benefit from her years of experience working at FERC. Following graduation from law school, she served as law clerk to several FERC Administrative Law Judges (ALJs), where she assisted the ALJs in administrative litigation and settlements.  Ruta returned to FERC after 8 years of private practice. At FERC, Ruta served as Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur’s legal advisor, focusing particularly on PJM, MISO and natural gas issues.  She helped the Commissioner shape electric and natural gas policy, including on transmission planning and cost allocation through Order No. 1000.  She also worked in FERC's Office of General Counsel where she drafted orders relating to PJM, MISO, electric reliability and natural gas.  She also continued her work on Order No. 1000 in the General Counsel's office, working on the compliance filings for several regions.

Ruta assists her clients in developing and implementing strategies to comply with regulatory requirements.  She also counsels clients involved in formal and informal investigations by FERC's Office of Enforcement.

In addition to Ruta's time at FERC she also practiced energy law at White & Case LLP, with a focus on the federal regulatory aspects of project finance transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Honors & Distinctions

In 2015, named to the National Law Journal's inaugural list of "Energy & Environmental Trailblazers."

Professional Activities

Member, DC Bar Association

Member, Energy Bar Association

Board Member, Foundation of the Energy Law Journal, 2014-2016

Civic Activities

Member, Organizing Committee of the 2016 Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival in Baltimore, MD

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Represents the Financial Marketers Coalition in proceedings before FERC as well as in various ISO/RTO stakeholder proceedings.
  • Provides on-going electric compliance training to help regulated entities meet FERC's compliance requirements.
  • Serves as Corporate Secretary and outside counsel to Northeast Power Coordinating Council.
  • Representation of a power marketer in a confidential investigation by FERC's Office of Enforcement concerning certain trades in the Southwest Power Pool's Transmission Congestion Rights mark.
  • Represents multiple power marketer clients in investigations by the FERC Office of Enforcement.

Representative Experience

  • Represents NTE Energy in the financing of three natural gas-fired power plants, valued at over $1.1 billion, currently under development in PJM and ERCOT.