Ruta Kalvaitis Skučas
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. She focuses her practice in three primary areas: reliability, project development, and energy trading.
- Reliability: Ruta serves as the assistant secretary to the Board of the Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC), one of the NERC regional entities. In that capacity, she advises on corporate governance matters.
- Project Development: Ruta works with both generation and transmission developers. She recently represented a natural gas fired power plant development company of their financings and regulatory requirements. She is currently representing the developer of a major high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line in their FERC and ISO/RTO stakeholder matters.
- Energy Trading: Ruta represents the Financial Marketers Coalition, a group of entities trading electricity products in the ISO/RTO markets. She represents the group in ISO/RTO stakeholder processes, and represents the companies and group before FERC as needed. She also provides compliance training, advises on risk management, and represents companies before the FERC Office of Enforcement.
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, where she worked in FERC's Office of General Counsel where she drafted orders relating to PJM, MISO, electric reliability and natural gas. She also 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.
In addition to Ruta's time at FERC she also practiced as an associate at White & Case LLP, focusing on the federal regulatory aspects of project finance transactions and mergers and acquisitions, as well as representation of clients before FERC.
- In 2015, named to the National Law Journal's inaugural list of "Energy & Environmental Trailblazers."
- Co-communications director, Women's Energy Network (WEN), Washington, D.C. chapter
- Member, Energy Bar Association
- Board Member, Foundation of the Energy Law Journal, 2014-2016
- 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 Assistant Corporate Secretary and outside counsel to Northeast Power Coordinating Council.
- Represented a natural gas fired power plant developer in all regulatory aspects of project development, including financing, as well as obtaining market-based rates and reactive power rates from FERC.
- Represents multiple power marketer clients in investigations by the FERC Office of Enforcement.
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- Represented 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.