Thomas DeVita is an associate in the Energy section of Troutman Sanders, working in the firm’s Washington D.C.-based Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) practice group. Thomas’ practice is primarily focused on the representation of investor-owned utilities and merchant generators before FERC, with a particular emphasis on electric transmission, FERC-jurisdictional rates and tariffs (both cost-of-service and market-based), and rules governing the regulation of organized wholesale markets.
Thomas has particular expertise in the area of electric reliability. Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, he served as in-house counsel at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he worked in the Corporate and Regulatory Matters section of the NERC legal department. He also served as a staff attorney for NERC Compliance Investigations, attorney-liaison to the stakeholder-led Compliance and Certification Committee, and worked on a wide variety of functional entity registration/deregistration issues, including those involving Coordinated Functional Registrations (“CFRs”) and Joint Registration Organizations (“JROs”). Additionally, he worked on many corporate governance issues including committee (industry, regional, and Board-level) charters, internal corporate policies, and matters involving the NERC Board of Trustees.