Jessica L. Bayles

Jessica L. Bayles

Washington, D.C.

About Jessica

Jessica Bayles is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Energy Development group, where she focuses her practice on energy regulatory controversies, compliance counseling, and regulatory support for renewable project development and transactions. She has significant experience in complex litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Jessica advises clients with respect to FERC disputes and litigation, enforcement investigations, and market-based rate authorizations. She also advises energy companies on federal and state regulatory issues associated with project development and transactions and represents large electric customers in state public utility commission proceedings.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Jessica was an associate (2013–2018) and summer associate (2012) at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. While in law school, she was a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division (2012), and for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (2011).

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  • Represented large energy company in $1B litigation before FERC involving allegations of market manipulation during the 2001 California Energy Crisis.
  • Represented industrial customer group in rate issues before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
  • Represented data and technology company in protesting utility rate proposals before FERC and the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
  • Represented midstream energy company in litigation in federal district court involving alleged violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
  • Represented wind facility in protesting a petition for a declaratory order by the transmission provider concerning liquidated damages in the interconnection agreement.
  • Represented owner of natural gas storage facility in protesting proposed abandonment of capacity by lessee.
  • Represented large energy company in appeals from FERC orders to the Ninth Circuit.

Regulatory & Transactional:

  • Advised independent power producer on federal and state regulatory issues associated with renewable project development, including associated FERC filings.
  • Represented independent power producer in FERC enforcement inquiries and investigations.
  • Advised financial institutions on regulatory risks associated with tax-equity investment in third-party solar providers.
  • Represented energy companies in connection with market-based rate filings, Section 203 applications, and self-reports to FERC.

Pro Bono:

  • Represented asylum seekers pro bono.
  • Represented marine law professors in submission of amicus brief on creation of National Marine Monuments under the Antiquities Act.
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