Natasha Gianvecchio is a partner in Latham & Watkins' Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Energy Regulatory & Markets Practice and the Project Development & Finance Practice. Ms. Gianvecchio has been consistently recommended by The Legal 500 US and was highlighted by the publication as a Next Generation Lawyer for her energy regulatory work. Additionally, she has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading energy attorney. In 2015, she was named as a Top Energy Attorney Under 40 by Law360. She has also been recognized by Best Lawyers 2019 as a leading lawyer in Energy Law. Ms. Gianvecchio is a member of the Energy Bar Association.
Ms. Gianvecchio’s practice concentrates primarily on the regulatory and energy market developments that impact a variety of clients in the electric and natural gas industries in the United States, including independent power producers, power marketers, electric utilities, natural gas companies, and financial institutions.
Her experience encompasses a broad range of issues under the Federal Power Act, Energy Policy Act, Public Utility Holding Company Act, various other federal and state energy statutes and regulations, and regional energy market rules affecting the domestic energy industry.
Ms. Gianvecchio regularly represents energy industry clients on matters related to the following:
- Development of, implementation of, and compliance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rules and regulations
- Development of, implementation of, and compliance with competitive wholesale energy market rules in the energy markets in New England (ISO-NE), New York (NYISO), the Mid-Atlantic (PJM), the Midwest (MISO), California (CAISO), and the Southwest (SPP)
- Drafting and negotiation of project agreements in association with the development, restructuring, and commercialization of energy facilities
- Drafting and negotiation of energy trading and power sale agreements using bespoke agreements as well as standard electric, gas, and financial hedging master agreements, including ISDA, EEI, WSPP, and NAESB
Ms. Gianvecchio represents clients before the FERC and the Department of Energy (DOE) and has significant administrative litigation, settlement, and enforcement experience. She also obtains approvals from the FERC for the following:
- Mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations of energy companies and assets
- Market-based rate authority
- EWG & QF status
She advises lenders and investors on the regulatory risks associated with the financing and acquisition of debt and equity interests in electric and gas assets.
Ms. Gianvecchio's publications include:
- Co-author, “FERC Compliance and Enforcement Developments Affecting the Energy Industry,” Regulation of the Gas Industry, LexisNexis, 2018-2019
- “The Energy and Markets Review,” Co-author, chapter on USA Energy Markets and Regulation, Law Business Research Ltd., June 2012-2019
- “Using ADR to Resolve Energy Industry Disputes: The Better Way,” Report of the Energy ADR Forum, October 2006 (Business Transactions Work Group Co-Chair)
Ms. Gianvecchio’s significant recent matters include:
- Drafting and negotiating power purchase agreements and renewable energy credit (REC) agreements for E.ON Climate & Renewables wind farms located in various markets, including PJM, ERCOT, and Midwest ISO
- Restructuring existing, and negotiating new, power sale, tolling, and interconnection contracts for independent power producers, including Cogentrix’s Quachita, Richmond, Rocky Mount, Hopewell, and Portsmouth projects
- Assisting clients with respect to the development of market rules in the energy markets in New England (ISO-NE), New York (NYISO), the Mid-Atlantic (PJM), California (CAISO), the Southwest (SPP), and the Midwest (MISO)
- Assisting clients, including Noble Environmental Power, EquiPower Resources, CPV, and First Wind, with the development, regulatory permitting, and interconnection of power projects throughout the United States
- Assisting clients with the development of biomass power production facilities, including in connection with ReVenture Park, Charlotte, North Carolina’s first eco-industrial park
- Drafting and negotiating solar energy purchase agreements, installation agreements, and operation and maintenance agreements for WorldWater & Solar Technologies for solar projects across the United States, including in New Jersey, California, Texas, and Colorado
- Representation of power and gas purchasers and sellers in the purchase and sale of electricity, capacity, and related products, using standard electric (EEI, WSPP, and ISDA Power Annex), gas (NAESB and ISDA Gas Annex), and financial swap (ISDA) master form implementation agreements
- Drafting and negotiating energy and asset management agreements for energy managers and generator owners, including EquiPower Resources Management, LS Power and Entegra
- Representation of Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation and The Southern Connecticut Gas Company in retail rate cases and merger proceedings before the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control