Principal Attorney or Assistant General Counsel (FERC)

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy

Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2023

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.

Position Summary

Provides legal counsel to Xcel Energy and its subsidiaries and manages outside counsel on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) matters. Handles both routine and complex legal matters with minimal assistance from other attorneys, and manages outside counsel for legal support when needed. The attorney will be responsible for a range of FERC matters, including wholesale transactional matters, transmission and interconnection service issues, formula rate matters, FERC enforcement matters, and NERC reliability matters.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Represent Xcel Energy and its Operating Companies in FERC rate filings, transactional regulatory approvals, tariff amendments, market based rate matters, FERC rulemakings, and Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) proceedings.
  • Advise Xcel Energy and its Operating Companies in FERC compliance matters, including transmission matters, wholesale production matters, and corporate affiliation rules.
  • Represent Xcel Energy in FERC electric litigation, including section 205 and 206 proceedings under the Federal Power Act, and including matters involving Xcel Energy's operating companies both inside and outside of RTOs.
  • Represent Xcel Energy in federal appellate proceedings involving FERC decisions.
  • Represent Xcel Energy in FERC enforcement proceedings.

Principal Attorney Minimum Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate degree from ABA accredited law school.
  • 6-10 years of practice in corporate law department, law firm, government practice or equivalent legal experience.

Assistant General Counsel Minimum Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate degree from ABA accredited law school.
  • Licensed to practice in state where position is located.
  • 10+ years of practice in corporate law department, law firm, government practice or equivalent legal experience.
  • Leadership experience required.


  • Experience with both production and transmission formula rate proceedings at FERC.
  • Experience with FERC transactional and market-based rate matters.
  • Experience with RTO market rules, including MISO, SPP, or other RTOs, as well as RTO litigation including transmission cost allocation disputes.
  • Experience with FERC administrative litigation conducted before Administrative Law Judges.

As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Pay and benefit packages may vary based on position. Some employees are under collective bargaining agreements, which determine the benefits they will receive. If the information conflicts with the terms of the written plan documents governing the plan, the plan document will control. Benefit plans are subject to change and Xcel Energy has the right to end, suspend, or amend any of its plans, at any time, in whole or in part.

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