Member, Energy Bar Association
A member of the firm’s energy industry team, Nelli represents energy and utility clients on matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Nelli’s practice includes preparing and submitting comments and other filings before FERC on electric and gas transmission issues. She has advised clients on drafting and interpreting tariff provisions and power purchase agreements. Nelli also has assisted in appellate proceedings before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and District of Columbia Circuits on Regional Transmission Organization and Independent System Operator matters, including changes in transmission rates and capacity market structures.
Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Nelli worked for a state utility commission, where she assisted in rate cases and prudence reviews and accounting audits of major utilities. At the state level, she led proceedings concerning microgrids, distribution-level demand response programs and standby rates for distributed generation. Her role included advising on competition issues and reviewing issuances of utility securities, transfers of generation assets, requests for certificates of public convenience and necessity, and reliability service agreements between utilities and generation owners. Nelli also mediated tariff interpretation disputes between major utilities and commercial and municipal customers.