Areas of Practice
District of Columbia
J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 1983
B.S., Florida State University, 1980
Energy Bar Association
American Bar Association
Jill M. Barker is "Of Counsel" to Betts & Holt LLP. Her principal area of expertise is wholesale electricity markets. She represents large and small governmental and quasi-governmental entities in power procurement, with a strategic objective to keep costs as low as possible.
Ms. Barker assists customers in translating both federal and state regulations into viable long term purchased power agreements. Market changes are continually monitored to enable customers to take greater control over their energy costs. Ms. Barker has assisted customers as varied as a large urban water utility to a group of eight municipal utilities in procurement processes that comply with local regulations while ensuring the most competitive rates. She drafts and negotiates contracts that not only comply with local laws and regulations but also conform to industry standards so that the client receives proposals from the greatest number of competitive suppliers.
Ms. Barker’s experience with federal transmission issues spans several decades. She played a lead role in securing one of the earliest transmission access orders from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 1992, and continues to represent customers of transmission formula rates. In recent years she participated extensively in proceedings before the FERC that resulted in the formation of markets for electric capacity. Ms. Barker can assist clients in understanding the impact these markets have on their power costs.
Ms. Barker has litigated numerous cases involving tariff issues and contracts before the FERC. She also has litigated cost of service, rate design, and contract issues before state public service commissions in a number of jurisdictions.
Ms. Barker is conversant with Smart Grid and green energy policies and has assisted clients in filing grant applications for the funding of Smart Grid initiatives and in negotiating solar supply options. She understands how the Energy Efficiency and Demand Response initiatives work from both a tax and regulatory perspective and can assist clients in incorporating these opportunities into strategic power purchase plans that minimize costs.