Contact Information

Phone: (304) 777-6050 

275 Orchard Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15228


  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Washington

    Jamie Van Nostrand is Of Counsel to the firm. He has over 35 years of experience in the energy industry, and most recently served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Chairman John Rhodes of the New York Public Service Commission. Jamie has a wide range of experience on clean energy issues, including valuation and rate design for distributed energy resources, pricing and policies for electric vehicle charging, performance-based ratemaking, climate action planning, and the operation of regional wholesale electricity markets.

    For over two decades, Jamie represented energy clients in state regulatory proceedings in eight western states, as well as proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Jamie also served as Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center in White Plains, New York. He is admitted to practice law in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington.

    Representative Work

    • As Senior Policy Advisor to Chairman John Rhodes of the New York Public Service Commission, Jamie helped develop policies with respect to valuation and rate design for distributed energy resources, standby and buyback service rate design, as well as various other clean energy issues.
    • As Director of the Center for Energy & Sustainable Development at the West Virginia University College of Law, Jamie authored several reports and analyses regarding the impact of the proposed Clean Power Plan in West Virginia.
    • As Executive Director of the Pace Energy & Climate Center, Jamie participated in preparation of New York’s Climate Action Plan, represented the environmental sector on the Management Committee of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), and intervened in several utility general rate proceedings at the New York Public Service Commission promoting distributed generation and non-wires alternatives.
    • As a partner in two large Northwest law firms, Jamie represented investor-owned energy utilities in retail rate proceedings in six western states, as well as in proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
    • Jamie developed expertise in the regulatory approvals of utility mergers and acquisitions, having been deeply involved in six major utility acquisitions in the Northwest between 1997 and 2008: Macquarie’s acquisition of Puget Sound Energy; MidAmerican Energy Holding Company’s acquisition of PacifiCorp; ScottishPower’s acquisition of PacifiCorp; MDU Utilities’ acquisition of Cascade Natural Gas Company; Qwest’s acquisition of US WEST; and Puget Sound Power & Light Company’s acquisition of Washington Natural Gas Company to form Puget Sound Energy.


    • LL.M., Environmental Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University (2011)
    • M.A., Economics, SUNY at Albany (1984)
    • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law (1979)
    • B.A., Economics, University of Northern Iowa (1976)

    Professional Honors and Activities

    West Virginia Solar United Neighbors, Advisory Board

    Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Executive Committee (2014-2017)

    New York Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Advisory Group (2009-2011)

    Board of Directors, Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) (2010-2011)

    Energy Bar Association, State Regulatory Practitioner of the Year (2007)

    Select Publications

    Using Emergency Powers to Provide Financial Assistance to Coal and Nuclear Plants,” 11 Ky. J. Equine, Agric. & Nat. Resources L. 191 (2019)

    Production and Delivery of Bioenergy Fuels,” Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States, (edited by Michael B. Gerrard and John C. Dernbach), Environmental Law Institute (2019)

    Here’s Why Trump’s New Strategy to Keep Ailing Coal and Nuclear Plants Open Makes No Sense,” The Conversation (June 2018)

    Keeping the Fox from Managing the Henhouse: Why Incumbent Utilities Should Not Be Allowed to Operate the Distribution System Platform,” 8 Geo. Wash. J. Energy and Envtl. L. 23 (2017)

    Why the U.S. Coal Industry and Its Jobs Are Not Coming Back,” Yale Environment 360 (December 1, 2016)

    Keeping the Lights on During Superstorm Sandy: Climate Change Adaptation and the Resiliency Benefits of Distributed Generation,” 23 N.Y.U. Envtl. L.J. 92 (2015)

    Getting to Utility 2.0: Rebooting the Retail Electric Utility in the U.S.,” 6 San Diego J. Climate & Energy L. 149 (2015)

    Select Presentations

    Incorporating Solar Energy into the Appalachian Grid,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 40th Annual Institute, Washington, DC (2019)

    Solar Policy Priorities for West Virginia,” West Virginia Solar United Neighbors, 4th Annual Solar Congress, Charleston, WV (2019)

    Quantifying the Resilience Value of Distributed Energy Resources,” Panel Discussion on Energy Resilience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (2019)

    Department of Energy Emergency Powers,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KY (2018)

    The New Electricity Business Model,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 39th Annual Institute, Nashville, TN (2018)

    The Cost of Cutting the Cord: Distributed Energy Resources and Exit Fees,” Energy Policy Research Conference, Deer Valley, UT (September 2017)