This is a unique opportunity to work in the Legal Department of a publicly-traded diversified energy company. Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $32 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates 7.1 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, with a presence in 22 states across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,500 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, received a Climate Development Project climate score of “A-,” the top score received in the utilities sector, and has been recognized for two consecutive years by Ethical Boardroom as the North American utility with the “best corporate governance practices.” AVANGRID is headquartered in Orange, CT. The successful candidate will be an integral member of a team providing legal counsel and support to Avangrid Networks utilizing global best practices. This position will provide legal support and represent the Avangrid Networks utility companies (electric and gas) principally on matters involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the New England ISO, the New York ISO and electric transmission matters generally, as well as support other areas of Avangrid Networks’ businesses, including energy infrastructure development. This position reports to the Deputy General Counsel for Avangrid Networks and is located in Orange, Connecticut. There are no direct reports to this position. Provide legal leadership and counsel on FERC, NYISO and ISO-NE matters, including drafting or reviewing of filings and representing the Company in proceedings before FERC; Monitor federal regulation and FERC dockets that impact Avangrid Networks to communicate and coordinate internally on various topics; Contribute to the development of the company strategy for federal regulation and FERC engagement, including updates to and coordination with business clients; Provide counsel to the Networks companies on compliance matters related to applicable Open Access Transmission Tariffs (OATTs), including interconnection standards and agreements in connection with the electric utilities, development activities for transmission infrastructure projects, transmission rates, and mandatory reporting; Represent the company’s legal interests at the ISO Transmission Owner groups, including drafting petitions, response to pleadings, draft comments for rule makings, and coordinate with other Transmission Owners under joint defense or joint representation of counsel situations; Provide counsel to the Networks companies on the permitting of transmission infrastructure projects; Provide transactional support by advising on ISO and RTO market rules and required state regulatory approvals; Advise senior managers within the Company on topics of concern to the utility businesses; Work alongside and become a trusted advisor to the business areas within the Company; Monitor relevant federal and state regulatory proceedings, including gas pipeline rate cases; Support the Deputy General Counsel.
Skills and Requirements
Skills/Abilities: Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to all levels of the organization and to regulators, An understanding of FERC rules, NYISO and the ISO-NE stakeholder process and electric transmission matters generally , Strong negotiating skills on both legal and commercial issues, An ability to establish and maintain strong relationships within the organization's legal department and across all AVANGRID businesses and with regulatory agencies, An ability to work collaboratively and be a participating member of a team.
Experience/Training: Five (5) or more years of experience as an attorney with a law firm or in-house position, practicing in utility law, specifically in FERC matters and transmission generally, including ISO/RTO matters and FERC tariffs. Familiarity with development of energy infrastructure and interconnection standards is additionally preferred. Bar Admission/Certifications: Admitted to practice in Connecticut and/or New York, or able to waive in. Required Education: J.D. degree
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