Debra Ann Palmer

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Debra Ann Palmer

Debra Ann Palmer


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Debra Ann Palmer has more than three decades of experience advising clients on energy regulatory, project development and electric reliability matters. She has a keen understanding of operational, business and regulatory concerns faced by the energy industry and is a trusted advisor for the planning, operating, financial, regulatory and reliability issues in the rapidly changing electric and natural gas industries.

Debra represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state regulatory agencies and federal courts in FERC and state commission rate, tariff and certificate proceedings, including proceedings involving gas-electric coordination issues. She also advises clients regarding investigations and self-reports involving FERC's Office of Enforcement (OE), including the preparation and submission of self-reports and negotiations with OE to reach a satisfactory resolution.

Debra frequently counsels companies in the electric industry in proceedings involving wholesale capacity and energy markets and tariffs, ISO and RTO markets and tariffs, electric transmission and interconnection issues, PURPA and PUHCA issues and electric reliability issues.

She provides advice and assistance to clients, including industry participants, investors and lenders in the electric and natural gas industries with respect to regulatory issues that arise in transactional matters.

Professional experience

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JD, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1987

BA, magna cum laude, Tufts University, 1984

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Represented an electric utility in a state commission rate proceeding involving novel rate design issues.
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Energy and Natural Resources, 2012-2013, 2018-2019
  • Co-author, "The US Clean Energy Transition: A Focus on Transmission Development," Energy Explored, August 2022
  • Energy Bar Association