Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:30 pm

APAICS in Conversation: The Honorable Norman C. Bay

Moderated by Audrey Taucher, President, Taucher International

Norman C. Bay is a partner at Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and Head of the Energy Regulatory and Enforcement Group in Washington. Norman advises clients on a range of energy market regulation issues, including those relating to policy, rates, terms, and conditions of service, and mergers and acquisitions. He also focuses on enforcement and compliance and infrastructure development in the energy sector.

As a past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Norman has significant experience with all aspects of FERC’s jurisdiction over the U.S. wholesale natural gas and electricity markets, as well as natural gas and oil pipelines. As a former Director of Enforcement at FERC, he has a deep understanding of FERC’s enforcement jurisdiction and priorities, as well as the new anti-manipulation rules of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Norman’s white collar defense practice includes handling parallel investigations involving FERC or CFTC and DOJ.

Prior to joining Willkie in 2017, Norman served as Chairman, Commissioner and Director of the Office of Enforcement of FERC, during the most active period in the history of the independent federal agency’s enforcement program. He was integral in shaping FERC’s policy and conducting stakeholder outreach on a wide variety of issues relating to the wholesale electricity and natural gas markets. Norman previously served as the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, where he was responsible for overseeing federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation involving the United States, and developing and implementing enforcement policy, priorities and practices. His background is unique in combining a deep knowledge of energy markets, regulation, and policy with extensive litigation experience as a former federal prosecutor and U.S. Attorney.

Norman was a tenured Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He also previously served as attorney-advisor for the U.S. Department of State, Office of Legal Adviser (International Claims and Investment Disputes) and was a law clerk to the Honorable Otto. R. Skopil, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Moderated by: AUDREY K. TAUCHER

Audrey K. Taucher is an energy policy regulatory analyst with special focus on supporting the Japanese and U.S. energy industry forge relationships on issues of mutual interest.   

Ms. Taucher currently supports U.S-Japan energy policy and technology symposiums to encourage information sharing and dialogue between Japanese and U.S. entities. She has facilitated networking field exchanges between the Japanese government and industry entities, and U.S. business and government entities. These efforts are instrumental in introducing both U.S. and Japanese innovative technologies to each of the country representatives of interest. 

In addition to the symposiums, Ms. Taucher provides policy consulting on emerging technologies and regulatory development impacting the energy industry. She provides support to the Japanese utility industry, Japanese investment interests, and the research and development arm of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Economy (METI).

Her portfolio of technology interests includes:

  • Carbon capture 
  • Hydrogen energy
  • Battery storage
  • Advanced nuclear energy and fuels 
  • Nuclear emergency preparedness 
  • Spent fuel management
  • Innovative tools such as AI
  • Grid resiliency

Before starting her own consulting practice, Ms. Taucher was a senior manager of Atlanta-based NAC International, an engineering and consulting firm specializing in the back end nuclear fuel cycle.  Ms. Taucher opened NAC’s Washington DC legislative and regulatory consulting office and built the business to support domestic and international clients, as well as to support NAC’s corporate executives.

Ms. Taucher built a similar consulting practice at a former employer, Science Applications International Corporation where she expanded her department’s consulting business from government only, to private and international clients.  This Issues Management consulting practice was later adopted by other business divisions throughout the company.

She is an active member of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment; Women’s Energy Network; Women in Nuclear; the U.S. Council of Energy Advisors; Asian Americans in Energy, Environment and Commerce; and the Nuclear Infrastructure Council.  

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