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Brown, Williams, Moorhead & Quinn, Inc.

Brown Williams provides advice to a wide variety of transmission related entities. The issues include revenue requirements, congestion management, zonal/grid-wide rates, phase- in methods, treatment of the various pre-existing agreements, definition of transmission facilities, revenue allocations, loss calculations and recovery methods, ancillary services and rates, grid expansion costs recovery methods, and ensuring that good price signals were given participants to ensure economic decisions. Brown Williams melds the work products from various client stakeholders (legal, rates, tariffs, operations, planning and infrastructure) to determine the likely cost impact and best path forward for our clients.

Ancillary Services

Ancillary services are crucial in supporting the transmission of electric power from seller to purchaser while maintaining reliable operations for the entire interconnected transmission system. Brown Williams assists numerous utilities in filing ancillary service rates for scheduling, reactive power, energy imbalance, regulation, spinning reserves and operating reserves.

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Power Sales

The wholesale sales of electricity and transmission in interstate commerce for jurisdictional utilities, power marketers, power pools, power exchanges and independent system operators is subject to regulation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. At Brown Williams, we have developed rates, terms and conditions for numerous cost based power sales, full and partial requirements sales, unit sales, slice of system sales, units most likely sales, ‘black start’ services and ‘must run’ agreements. The power sales rates include stated rates as well as formula power sales rates.

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RTOs, ISOs, & Transcos

The formation and operation of regional electric grid management networks is among the most complex areas of energy regulatory work. At Brown Williams we identified and evaluated various methods for determining the embedded and incremental costs of the transmission grid, congestion management methods, ancillary services, and cost recovery and revenue allocation mechanisms on our client’s behalf. These kinds of efforts involve uniform calculations of rates for the all the network members and designing the best method for phasing in pricing to single grid-wide rates. We also identify possible cost shifts and customer impacts, and generate sensitivity analyses of the potential shifts and impacts on pre-existing agreements, congestion management, and the treatment of existing contracts.

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Tariff Provisions

Clear concise tariff provisions are critical to the smooth functioning of electric energy transmission operations for both the utility and its customers. Well crafted language spelling out the rights and responsibilities of all parties can prevent operational problems, power supply issues, and legal tangles. Brown Williams assists scores of clients in drafting Open Access Transmission Tariffs. Brown Williams supports clients by testifying in state restructuring proceedings on retail delivery services tariffs and associated cost-of-service analyses.

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Transmission Pricing

The design of electric transmission pricing models includes a wide range of considerations. At Brown Williams we assist scores of clients in developing formula/ stated rates and revenue requirements, congestion management tools, zonal/grid- wide rates, phase in methods, treatment of the various pre-existing agreements, definition of transmission facilities (including DC facilities), revenue allocations, loss calculations and recovery methods, ancillary services and rates, grid expansion costs recovery methods, and ensuring that good price signals were given participants to ensure economic decisions.

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