Natara is a seasoned energy and public utility law practitioner who focuses her practice on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), RTO/ISO and state utility commission matters. Natara advises companies involved in the energy sector on regulatory compliance and enforcement matters, performs extensive due diligence reviews for transactions involving FERC-jurisdictional assets, negotiates energy trade agreements and advises on related CFTC rules and requirements. Natara regularly represents parties in federal and state administrative proceedings on matters impacting the energy industry, retail marketers and financial institutions. Natara has worked closely with wind & solar developers on interconnecting to the Bulk Power System and has advised clients on various RTO/ ISO rules, Tariff requirements and governance processes. Natara’s clients include retail energy suppliers, power marketers, natural gas companies, financial institutions, and renewable power developers. Natara is also counsel to the Impacted ESCO Coalition.
Prior to practicing law in the private sector, Natara served as an Attorney-Advisor with the FERC Office of Administrative Law Judges, as Of Counsel to Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan, and is a member of the Energy Lawyers Network. Natara frequently hosts professional seminars on practicing before the FERC and is a recognized speaker on energy regulatory issues.
Natara’s experience includes advising on matters related to:
• EPAct 2005, Dodd-Frank and state statutes
• The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) Rules of Procedure and Reliability Standards
• Participation in organized markets and ISO/RTO governance
• Mergers, sales and acquisitions of FERC-jurisdictional assets
• Project development and generation interconnection
• Preparation of all manner of responsive agency pleadings, including rehearing applications, briefs, comments, testimony, protests and motions, natural gas tariff filings, QF and EWG self-certifications and market-based rate applications
• Development of energy services programs for utility customers
• Chair, Energy and Natural Resources Market Regulation Committee, Section of Energy, Environment and Resources, American Bar Association (2013 – 2014)
• Secretary, Energy Committee of the New York City Bar Association (2009 - 2012)
• Member, Energy Bar Association (2006 – Present)
• Author, Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: Year in Review; ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Energy and Natural Resources Market Regulation Committee Report (2011, 2012)
• “Distributed Generation,” The Law of Clean Energy: Efficiency and Renewables, American Bar Association (Contributing Author) (2011)
• “Electricity Regulation 2009 – United States,” Getting the Deal Through, Contributing Author (2009).
• “The NYC Energy Marketing Conference for Retailers,” Presenter (September 8, 2014).
• “Hot Topics in Energy Law” CLE program, Program Chair, Presenter and Moderator,
Selected Speaking Engagements
Association of the Bar of the City of New York (May 17, 2012).
• “Federal Energy Regulatory Framework & Recent Policies Related to the Development of
Renewable Generation,” Presenter, PV Power Generation Mid-West and East (November 8,
• “State & Federal Regulation & Promotion of Renewable Resources,” CLE program, Program
Chair and Moderator, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (June 29, 2011).
• “Changes in Public Policy: The Debate Regarding Federal and State Policy Initiatives into
Transmission Planning, Demand Response, Clean Energy Standards and Other Governmental Initiatives Affecting the Northeast Power Markets,” Moderator, Energy Bar Association Northeast Conference (June 7, 2011).
• “FERC 101: Follow, Find and File,” Presenter, webinar (March 20, 2011).