John P. Coyle

Managing Partner

The team at Duncan & Allen LLP
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association

For the past 32 years, John has represented municipalities, consumer-owned utilities and other consumer interests in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state utility regulatory commissions, federal and state trial and appellate courts, arbitration tribunals and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Representative engagements include:

· developer and regulatory interests in negotiations and disputes involving renewable resource power sales and interconnection agreements

· consumer-owned utilities in negotiation of power purchase and sale agreements, and in disputes with Regional Transmission Organizations and transmission owners over market design and rules, cost allocation, reliability must-run issues, transmission planning, tariff design and rate issues, and formula rates for transmission revenue requirements.

· several political subdivisions in establishing new, fully operational electric utilities, including the acquisition of facilities and power supply.

· a state consumer advocate in parallel federal bankruptcy reorganization and state regulatory proceedings, obtaining, and later enforcing, restraints against burdening utility credit with non-utility risk.

· municipalities and other consumer interests in utility merger proceedings before federal and regulatory commissions, including the Government of the District of Columbia before the District of Columbia Public Service Commission in acquisition of Pepco Holdings, Inc. by Exelon Corp. (2015), exposure and mitigation of market concentration in the Duke-Progress merger proceedings before FERC (2011-2012), and stopping the Babcock & Brown acquisition of NorthWestern Corporation before the Montana PSC (2007).

· American Public Power Association and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association as amici curiae in briefing to the United States Supreme Court in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, 136 S. Ct. 1288, 194 L.Ed.2d 414 (2016).

 

Education

  • Tufts University (B.A. 1977, magna cum laude)
  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1980) (Georgetown Law Journal, editorial board)

Recent Presentations

  • New England: EnergySecurity, Renewables and Resiliency Issues, 2019 American Public Power Association National Conference
  • Will FERC (Finally!) Resolve Electric Transmission ROEs?, 2019 Energy Bar Association Annual Meeting and Conference