Dave Connelly has advised electric utilities and their affiliates on legal and policy matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and U.S. Courts of Appeals for more than 20 years. Recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 for his experience in energy regulatory matters, Dave's practice focuses on electric transmission matters, including open-access transmission service, cost-of-service rates for transmission and ancillary services, incentive transmission rates, generation and transmission interconnection matters, and the provision of wholesale distribution service. Dave also advises on North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance matters, including self-reports, spot checks, formal audits, and cybersecurity issues.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Dave was a partner at an international law firm where he developed successful case strategies for clients in cases involving cost-of-service rates, including a formula rate for transmission service, transmission rates for an independent electric transmission company, and rates for reactive power and reliability must run services. He also successfully negotiated "wires-to-wires" interconnection agreements.
Earlier in his career, Dave was senior counsel for Dominion Energy Services, Inc., where he represented Dominion in electric transmission matters and NERC compliance. He helped develop Dominion's forward-looking formula transmission rate and obtain FERC approval of incentive rate treatment associated with more than $850 million of transmission enhancement projects. In addition, he represented Dominion in regional cost allocation proceedings and in matters involving merchant transmission, generator interconnections at transmission and distribution voltages, transmission interconnections, and joint ownership agreements.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented investor-owned utilities in filings to transition from stated transmission rates to formula transmission rates.
Represented investor-owned utilities in cost-of-service rate filings for reactive power service.
Represented a large independent electric transmission company (formed as a commercial venture between two utility holding companies) in transmission revenue requirement rate case.
Represented investor-owned utility in single issue filing to revise depreciation rates in a formula rate.
Represented investor-owned utility in Section 206 proceeding regarding justness and reasonableness of transmission rates.
Represented investor-owned utility in filings associated with updated transmission loss factors and post-retirement benefits other than pensions.
Advised investor-owned utility seeking to modify its transmission formula rate to recover costs associated with abandoned transmission facilities.
Represented investor-owned utilities in annual formula rate meetings, annual formula rate filings, and informal data requests under formula rate protocols.
Represented an investor-owned utility seeking to obtain incentive rate of return adders for several transmission projects.
Represented investor-owned utility in drafting a joint ownership agreement establishing terms and conditions to develop, construct, own, operate and maintain high voltage transmission lines.
Represented investor-owned utilities in drafting and filing transmission-level “wires-to-wires” interconnection agreements with bordering utilities.
Represented investor-owned utilities in the negotiation of generator interconnection agreements for both large and small generators.
- October 13, 2020
Moderator, "Looking into the Transmission Crystal Ball - What are the biggest issues facing the transmission industry in the next five years?", 2020 Energy Bar Association Fall Forum
Speaking Engagements Prior to Jones Day
September 13, 2011
Presenter, "Getting Transmission Built," Platts 2011 Transmission Planning & Development Forum, Arlington, Virginia
"He is thoughtful, responsive and really sharp."Chambers USA
- University of Baltimore (J.D. magna cum laude 1998; Member, Heuisler Honor Society); Towson University (M.A. 1994); Albright College (B.A. 1991)
- District of Columbia; Maryland; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and District of Maryland
Chambers USA: energy: electricity (regulatory and litigation) (2020), recognized practitioner (2019)
Legal 500 United States: energy regulation (2018-2020); "Next Generation Lawyer" — energy litigation: conventional power (2017)
Assistant Secretary (2020-2021), Board of Directors, Energy Bar Association
Ex Officio (2020-2021), President (2019-2020), Board of Directors, Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association