Jasmine Hites represents clients in the energy industry with a focus on regulatory, reliability, administrative, project development and corporate issues. Her practice includes the representation of electric utilities and independent renewable energy developers in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and state administrative proceedings. Jasmine has experience in all aspects of regulation in the energy industry, including: regulatory compliance issues; Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) adherence; participation in organized markets; participation in the western bilateral energy market and the California Independent System Operator Energy Imbalance Market (EIM); transmission planning and generation facility development, permitting, and operations. Jasmine regularly assists clients with issues arising under federal energy statutes such as the Federal Power Act (FPA), the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act (Northwest Power Act), the Federal Columbia River Transmission System Act of 1974 and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).
- Represents developers and utilities before FERC, including hearings, complaints, requests for transmission service orders, tariff, rate and comment filings.
- Represents developers and utilities before the BPA, including decision-making proceedings and wholesale power and transmission rate cases, and in the subsequent final confirmation process at FERC and appeals process at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Represents transmission customers challenging the federal agency decisions in front of the Ninth Circuit.
- Performs regulatory and related due diligence for acquisitions of utility assets.
- Assisted investor-owned utility in multi-million dollar transmission asset swap with another investor-owned utility.
- Assisted hydro-electric project attain exemption from FERC licensing requirements.
- Assisted in the preparation and filing of a public utility’s transmission rate case with FERC and provide support during subsequent settlement and hearing procedures.
- Represented intervenors in Ninth Circuit challenge of FERC’s jurisdictional authority.
- Represented one of the nation’s largest banks in the financing of a 55MW utility-scale solar facility (approximately $250MM in value) in New Mexico. The bank provided the construction financing and will provide the long-term financing.
- Assisted coalition of interconnection and transmission customers in the drafting and filing of a complaint and petition for order under Section 211A of the Federal Power Act against a federal power marketing agency alleging discriminatory curtailment practices and interconnection agreement and OATT violations.
- Represented New Jersey based solar developer in the negotiation of the site lease and sale of a 3MW facility.
Professional and Community Involvement
- Energy Bar Association, Renewable Energy Sub-Committee
- Federal Bar Association
- Oregon State Bar, Energy, Telecom and Utility Law Section
Rankings and Recognition
- Recipient, Troutman Sanders LLP Harold E. Masback III Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono Award, 2015.
- Recipient, Lewis & Clark Law School, Small Business Legal Clinic Pro Bono Champion Award, 2011.
- University of Oregon, J.D., 2010
- University of Colorado, Boulder, B.A., 2003
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit