Jessica Bayles is a partner in Stoel Rives’ Energy Development group, where she focuses her practice on energy regulatory support for renewable project development and transactions, compliance counseling, and regulatory controversies. Jessica counsels renewable energy developers and asset managers on compliance with the requirements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She has significant experience in complex litigation and settlement proceedings before FERC. She also advises large electric customers in state public utility commission proceedings.


The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2013, with high honors; Order of the Coif; Pro Bono Honors; Managing Editor, The George Washington Law Review

Miami University, B.A., Environmental Practices and International Studies, magna cum laude; University Honors Program; Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society


District of Columbia

New York

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Advised renewable energy developers and asset managers on FERC compliance and energy regulatory issues in project development and acquisitions, including market-based rate applications, Section 203 applications, qualifying facility and exempt wholesale generator certifications, interlocking directorate filings, and change in status notices.
  • Representation of energy project owners/operators in FERC filings and enforcement actions, including self-reporting violations and defending clients in FERC enforcement investigations.
  • Representation of trade organizations, electric cooperatives, and others in contested proceedings, settlement proceedings, and complex litigation at FERC.
  • Representation of industrial and technology companies as customers in state utility commission proceedings.
  • Advised clients on creating FERC compliance programs.

Pro Bono:

  • Representation of asylum seekers pro bono.


Insights & Presentations

  • “D.C. Circuit Affirms FERC’s Broadview Order Confirming that Qualifying Facilities May Install Greater than 80 MW of Nameplate Generating Capacity” (co-author), Stoel Rives Renewable + Law® blog, February 15, 2023
  • “Regulatory and Transmission-Related Issues” (co-author), Chapter 5 of The Law of Solar Energy: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, Sixth Edition, 2022
  • “Regulatory and Transmission-Related Issues” (co-author), Chapter 13 of The Law of Wind: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, Ninth Edition, 2022
  • “FERC Accepts PJM’s Interconnection Queue Reform” (co-author), Stoel Rives LLP legal alert, November 30, 2022
  • FERC Proposes Broad Reforms to Interconnection Process,” (co-author), Stoel Rives Renewable + Law® blog, June 22, 2022
  • “Updated FERC Guidance on Qualifying Facility Certifications,” (co-author), Stoel Rives Renewable + Law® blog, May 25, 2022
  • “FERC signals state support for solar projects in PURPA, MOPR rulings” (quoted), PV-Tech, March 19, 2021
  • “Solar Power Had a Big Day at FERC” (co-author), Stoel Rives Renewable + Law® blog, March 18, 2021
  • “The Bittersweet Power of Hybrids” (quoted), POWER magazine, December 1, 2020
  • “In Search of Middle Ground Between State Public Policy and Federal Regulation” (co-author), POWER magazine, November 2, 2020
  • “First offshore wind farm goes offline: An industry warning?” (quoted), E&E News Energywire, October 30, 2020
  • “Vineyard Wind Secures Transmission Agreement With ISO-NE” (quoted), POWER magazine, October 28, 2020
  • “The Growth and Future of Solar,” The U.S. Energy Regulation and Litigation: Trends, Updates, and Critical Issues, The Knowledge Group, October 1, 2020
  • “FERC acts to narrow PURPA yet again” (co-author), pv magazine, July 21, 2020
  • “FERC Issues Final Rule Overhauling PURPA Regulations” (co-author), Stoel Rives Renewable + Law® blog, July 17, 2020
  • “D.C. Circuit Affirms FERC Order No. 841, Ensuring Storage Access to Wholesale Markets” (co-author), Stoel Rives Renewable + Law® blog, July 14, 2020
  • “FERC Eases Regulations During COVID-19 Crisis” (co-author), T&D World, April 13, 2020
  • “FERC Takes Additional Actions to Address Coronavirus Pandemic,” Stoel Rives Renewable + Law® blog, April 7, 2020
  • “FERC Updates Operations During the Coronavirus Pandemic,” Stoel Rives Renewable + Law® blog, March 19, 2020
  • “FERC Issues Orders Revising Requirements for Market-Based Rate Sellers,” Stoel Rives Renewable + Law® blog, July 30, 2019
  • “FERC Reaffirms Concurrent Jurisdiction Over PPAs in Bankruptcy” (co-author), Stoel Rives Renewable + Law® blog, May 2, 2019
  • “FERC Issues NOPR to Eliminate Horizontal Market Screens for Certain MBR Sellers” (co-author), Stoel Rives Renewable + Law® blog, January 4, 2019
  • “FERC Follows Up on Tax Reform Response” (co-author), POWER magazine, December 10, 2018
  • “Clean energy programs attracting more investors,” L.A. Daily Journal, November 1, 2016


  • Included in Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in America (Energy Law), 2022–present
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Energy & Natural Resources), Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers®, 2021–present
  • Stoel Rives LLP Andrew Guy Pro Bono Award, Recipient, 2022


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