Andrea R. Kells Counsel

A member of the firm's energy industry team, Andrea focuses her practice on representing energy and utility clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC).

Before FERC, she has prepared and submitted filings on behalf of multiple major electric utility companies, including rulemaking comments and other filings in response to Regional Transmission Organization (RTO)-related proceedings, and filings pertaining to electric tariffs and rates. She advises electric utility clients regarding compliance with FERC regulations, with a focus on regulations concerning Standards of Conduct and affiliate restrictions. She also counsels natural gas utility clients on compliance with FERC regulations and precedent, particularly those rules pertaining to natural gas shipper requirements.

Andrea's practice also involves advising electric utility clients regarding compliance with NERC Reliability Standards.

Before the NCUC, she has prepared Renewable Energy Facility registrations and electric utility certificate applications, and participated in NCUC proceedings regarding base rate increases, fuel adjustment applications, the state Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, biannual avoided-cost proceedings, qualifying facility matters under PURPA and telecommunications issues.


Represents multi-state electric utility holding company in proceedings before FERC regarding RTO membership and advice on related issues including compliance with RTO tariffs and FERC precedent.

Represents major western electric and natural gas utility before FERC with regard to electric tariff filings, electric rate matters, and advises client on impact of natural gas pipeline rate filing on client’s shipper interests.

Counsels major East coast electric utility holding companies on compliance with FERC Standards of Conduct and affiliate regulations and compliance with NERC Reliability Standards.

Represents major North Carolina electric utility in proceeding before NCUC regarding negotiation of Power Purchase Agreement with a Qualified Facility and resulting arbitration.

Represents North Carolina industrial client before NCUC regarding registration as new renewable energy facility and eligibility to sell Renewable Energy Credits to entities subject to the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard.

Advises major telecommunications company regarding petition before NCUC to reduce intrastate switched access rates of rural incumbent local exchange carriers operating in North Carolina.

Counsels nationwide competitive retail supplier of electricity and natural gas service on compliance with regulations of multiple states regarding provision of such service and on matters before multiple state regulatory commissions pertaining to company merger and corporate reorganization.

Represented pro bono client before North Carolina office of the Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in case pertaining to alleged overpayment of Social Security Disability benefits.

  • University of Virginia, JD, Articles Editor, Virginia Environmental Law Journal, 2004
  • Duke University, BA, History, cum laude, 1999

Member, Energy Bar Association

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

  • Panelist, "Federal & State Regulatory Filings & Proceedings," North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association Clean Energy CLE, February 8, 2017
  • Panelist, "An Unavoidable Conversation: Solar Avoided Costs in the Southeast," SEIA’s Solar Power Southeast Conference, May 2016
  • North Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • Spanish
  • Co-contributor, "Report of the Compliance & Enforcement Committee," Energy Law Journal (EBA), Spring 2011
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