John Perkins is a trial lawyer and former acting branch chief in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Administrative Litigation.
He represents utilities and other energy clients in FERC rate proceedings, and supports the firm’s transactional lawyers on federal regulatory matters related to mergers and acquisitions. John has experience advising companies seeking market-based rates, stated rates, and formula rates; filings to maintain market-based rates; and filing complaints and comments with respect to Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs).
While at FERC, John supervised a team of lawyers and support staff and served as lead trial attorney in rate proceedings for electric transmission projects, natural gas pipelines and oil pipelines, leading settlement negotiations and litigating administrative hearings.
John was in private practice for eight years before he joined FERC in 2013.
Constellation Mystic Power, LLC, Docket No. ER18-1639-000: Co-lead trial attorney in expedited hearing before FERC administrative law judge to determine generation units’ and connected LNG import facility’s cost of service rates for providing fuel security service in ISO-NE.
DATC Path 15, LLC, Docket No. ER17-998-000: Co-lead trial attorney in hearing before FERC administrative law judge in proceeding to determine transmission cost of service stated rates for unique, critical path transmission investment in CAISO.
Trans Bay Cable LLC, Docket No. ER19-2846-000: Lead attorney for cost of service stated rate proceeding for critical, San Francisco Bay submarine transmission line.While at FERC, John served as lead trial attorney on complex electric transmission, natural gas pipeline, and oil pipeline proceedings, including:
Entergy Services, Inc., Docket No. ER13-948-000: Lead trial attorney on litigation related to Entergy’s integration into MISO, including proposed formula rate and regional through and out rate.
South Central MCN LLC, Docket No. ER15-2594-000: Lead trial attorney on litigation related to electric transmission company’s return on equity.
Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., Docket No. ER14-292: Lead trial attorney on appropriate costs related to reliability must run contract of coal fired plant.
Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, LLC, Docket No. RP15-1026-000: Lead trial attorney regarding the appropriate cost of service rates for natural gas pipeline.
Tuscarora Gas Transmission Company, Docket No. RP16-299-000: Lead trial attorney in Section 5 cost of service rate proceeding for natural gas pipeline.
KO Transmission Company, Docket No. RP16-1097-000: Lead trial attorney regarding appropriate cost of service rates for natural gas pipeline.
Delta Air Lines, Inc. v. Buckeye Pipe Line Company, L.P., Docket No. OR12-28- 000: Lead trial attorney in hearing regarding the appropriate cost of service rates for a refined petroleum pipeline.
Seaway Crude Pipeline Company LLC, Docket No. OR15-6-000: Lead trial attorney in hearing on application for market-based rate authority by crude oil pipeline.
Chair, Energy Bar Association, Natural Gas Committee
Recipient, Merit Award, Federal Regulatory Commission, August 2014