Bonnie represents investor-owned utilities, independent power producers, marketers, and alternative power producers on a variety of electricity matters, including issues relating to the implementation of recent energy legislation and energy legislation currently being debated in the House and Senate. She provided counsel and advice to clients on the provisions and funding opportunities under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including assisting clients with respect to grants and loan guarantees for energy and energy efficiency projects. She is currently Washington counsel to the Canadian Electricity Association, a trade association representing Canada’s electric utility industry.
Energy Policy and Legislation
Provides advice to a private equity fund on alternative legislation to support renewable energy projects.
Provides advice to an electric utility company on energy efficiency legislation.
Provides advice to a Canadian trade association regarding proposed cybersecurity legislation.
Assists clients in advocating energy-related positions to relevant congressional staff and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Draft legislative measures and provide advocacy support in the current Congress to support energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Counsel to US Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance
Provided counsel and advice to clients with regard to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
While at the Department of Energy, helped to craft the Clinton Administration’s electricity restructuring policy and drafted the Clinton Administration's electricity restructuring legislation.
Provides advice to a Canadian trade association and US entities regarding electric reliability issues.
Played a key role in the drafting of the reliability legislative language that was enacted in EPAct 2005.
Represented the United States Government on the North American Electric Reliability Organization's Government Interface Issues Task Group.
Transmission Construction/ EPC
Counsel to an international transmission tower/ substation manufacturer and EPC contractor.
Emerging Energy Technologies
Provided counsel and advice to a river, tidal and ocean energy company regarding project development.
Provided counsel and advice to a client relating to opportunities for generation from waste heat and waste gas.
Presentations and Speaking Engagements
Cybersecurity for Utilities, October 8-9, 2013, Washington, DC, Addressing Liability Issues for Electric Utilities (Presenter).
“Cybersecurity Regulation: What Liability Protection Provisions Are Necessary for the Electric Utility Industry,” Troutman Sanders Webinar, April 15, 2013.
“Renewable Energy Finance Market: Insights from US PREF Members ,” ACORE Member Day, December 6, 2011.
“Cybersecurity and Reliability,” Moderator, EUCI NERC Compliance 2.0: Ensuring Reliability of the Future Bulk Power System, May 12, 2011.
“Impact of the Midterm Election on Energy Policy,” EUCI Webinar, December 16, 2010.
“The Legislative and Regulatory Hammer: What We Should Expect from Congress and the Administration,” American Public Power Association Pre-Rally Seminar, February 22, 2010.
“Impacts of Federal Legislation on Transmission,” Moderator, Platts 2010 Transmission Planning & Development Forum, September 15, 2010.
“Hydro Support in the Recovery Act: An Overview of the Provisions,” National Hydropower Association Annual Conference, April 26, 2010.
“Existing and Proposed Federal Electricity Mandates,” Bonbright Center Electricity and Natural Gas Conference, October 8, 2009.
“Renewable Project Support at the Federal Level,” Law Seminars International, September 9, 2009.
“Energy Financing Opportunities in the Stimulus and Bailout Acts,” Stafford Webinar, May 7, 2009.
“Economic Stimulus Overview,” ELFA Webinar, April 2, 2009.
“Greenhouse Gas Transactions: What are the Financial Opportunities? Who Will Come Out Ahead?” Law Seminars International, March 20, 2009.
“Impact of Reliability Standards on Transmission Investment,” Infocast Transmission Project Development Rennaisance, October 16, 2008.
“Status of Action Items from EPAct 2005: Reliability Language,” Infocast Reliability Summit, September 6, 2006.
"Hail to the Chief! The Impact of the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election on Canada-U.S. Energy Relations," Stikeman Elliott Energy Group Seminar, December 2, 2004.
“Policy Issues Relating to T&D Asset Management,” Infocast Conference on Asset Management for Transmission and Distribution, May 12, 2004.
Publications and Client Alerts
“What the Energy Industry Can Expect from President Obama’s Second Term and a New Congress,” Cliff Sikora and Bonnie Suchman, American Bar Association Trends, March/April, 2013.
“The President's Climate Action Plan and the Electricity Industry,” Todd Coles, Peter Glaser, and Bonnie Suchman, June 26, 2013.
“The Executive Order on Cybersecurity and the Energy Industry,” Bonnie Suchman, February 13, 2013.
“Congress Extends PTC for Wind and Other Renewable Technologies,” Todd Coles and Bonnie Suchman, January 2, 2013.
“FERC Issues a NOPR Proposing Reliability Standards Addressing Potential Impacts of Solar Storms,” Bonnie Suchman, October 22, 2012.
“House Passes Energy Bill with Climate Language,” Peter Glaser and Bonnie Suchman, July 1, 2009.
“Secretary Salazar Pledges to Expedite Approval of Renewable Energy Projects and Transmission Projects on Public Lands,” Todd Coles and Bonnie Suchman, May 7, 2009.
“Support for Energy in the Stimulus Package,” Howard Cooper, Phillip Spector, and Bonnie Suchman, February 13, 2009.
“Congress Extends Renewable Tax Credits in Wall Street Rescue Bill,” Phillip Spector and Bonnie Suchman, October 3, 2008.
“New Energy Bill Supports Renewable Fuels, Renewable Energy, and Smart Grids,” Phillip Spector and Bonnie Suchman, December 20, 2007.
“Summary of the Energy Policy Act of 2005,” Bonnie Suchman, July 29, 2005.
“Update on Energy Legislation,” Bonnie Suchman and Joe Mandarino, October 22, 2004.