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Andrew W. Tunnell

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  • Vanderbilt University Law School
    J.D., 1994
  • Furman University
    B.A., 1991, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 1994
About Andy
  • What types of clients do you represent?

    My clients consist of electric utilities.

  • What type of matters do you work on most often?

    The primary focus of my representation involves the regulation of electric transmission matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and related judicial appellate and state regulatory commission matters. The practice includes matters involving transmission rate design, transmission planning, standards of conduct, generator interconnection, open access transmission service, and electric reliability.

  • Which Courts or agencies do you most often appear before on behalf of your clients?
  • How are you involved in your community?

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  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission counsel: Serves as primary FERC counsel for the transmission function of a large public utility holding company system. This representation involves a wide gamut of matters, including the development of policy involving legislature and regulatory matters, regulatory compliance, transmission rate design, and regulatory and appellate litigation.  He also serves as FERC co-counsel for the jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional transmission owners in New York.
  • Transmission Planning: Serves as counsel for a sponsor of the Southeastern Regional Transmission Planning Process (SERTP). The SERTP is the largest transmission planning region (in terms of miles of transmission – approximately 80,000 circuit miles) in the Eastern Interconnection and is one of the largest in terms of load (having a combined peak load of more than 124,000 MWs). The SERTP is located within 12 states, roughly spanning over 600 miles north to south and 1,100 miles east to west. The SERTP sponsors consist of four FERC-jurisdictional utilities and six non-jurisdictional utilities, and collectively encompass nine NERC Balancing Authority Areas (BAAs).
  • Contract Negotiations: Served as counsel for the negotiation of numerous transmission delivery and generator interconnection arrangements, as well as serving as lead counsel for the negotiation of several significant long term service agreements for certain combined cycle generating units.




      • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1994
      • Furman University, B.A., 1991, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1998
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2023
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2004
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1998
      • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001
      Bar Admissions
      • Alabama, 1994
      Professional Affiliations
      • Alabama State Bar
      • American Bar Association
      • Birmingham Bar Association
      • Energy Bar Association
      Awards & Accolades
      • The Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - present
      • The Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year”, Energy Law-Birmingham, 2013 
      Community Involvement
      • Vestavia Hills Sunrise Rotary Club, president, 2016 – 2017, Fundraising Chair (’18-’23),
      • MS Society, Alabama–Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter: Chairman of the Board of Trustees (’23-’25), Honorary Chair for the Birmingham MS Leaders Challenge of 2018, and Leadership Advisory Council and Leadership Classes
      • Lutheran Church of Vestavia Hills