Alan M. Seltzer focuses his practice on domestic and international electric, gas, water and transportation matters with a concentration on transactions and litigation/appellate matters before various state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He has actively represented public utilities and other stakeholders before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for 39 years, particularly in the areas of electricity, gas, water and transportation.
His current emphasis is on obtaining the state regulatory approvals for the merger or acquisition of gas and electric utilities, and addressing the real estate, regulatory and financing phases of renewable energy project development.
He also has recently represented the seller of a municipal wastewater system in proceedings before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and a large refinery opposing the reversal of a major intrastate petroleum pipeline. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Power Generation, Renewable & Utility Practice Group.
In July 2015, Alan was appointed to the Siting and Routing Workgroup of the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force – a stakeholder-driven effort that will develop policies, guidelines and tools to assist in pipeline development, as well as long-term operation and maintenance.
In this role, he worked collaboratively to develop best practices related to planning, sitting and routing oil and gas pipelines in ways that avoid, minimize or mitigate environmental and community impacts from pipelines across the Commonwealth.
He also has experience in a variety of matters, including:
- Representing utilities in complex retail utility rate cases.
- Defending utilities in rate and service matters before state regulatory agencies.
- Negotiating power supply and related contracts with utilities and other energy providers.
- Assisting competitive gas and electric suppliers obtain state licenses and related certifications.
Prior to joining Buchanan, Alan was a co-founding partner of Ryan, Russell, Ogden & Seltzer PC, a Central Pennsylvania-based law firm that primarily focused on energy, communications and utility matters.
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