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Investment decisions and regulatory outcomes rely on well thought out assessments of potential markets and inherent risks. To help our clients in this regard, Bates White experts provide a solid understanding of potential markets and revenues, assessments of the costs of building infrastructure and delivering fuel, and evaluations of the risk of competitive alternatives. We also help clients understand their exposure to potential changes in, and between, fuel prices and transportation values. In addition, our experts have developed market assessments or valuations of natural gas and oil distribution companies, LNG vaporization terminals, interstate and intrastate natural gas pipelines and storage facilities, fuel supply contracts for electric generation facilities, and fuel procurement and hedging programs.

Bates White’s experts have developed and managed natural gas and fuel oil procurement plans, including auctions and RFPs, under a variety of supply configurations (e.g., AMAs, direct buys, long-term contracts, storage, etc.). We have evaluated and recommended combinations of transportation, storage, and fuel contracts that support the needs of LDCs, electric generators, and other end-use customers. We have used economic theory and econometrics to demonstrate that gasoline wholesalers were appropriately passing the volumetric temperature adjustment along the supply chain to retailers. From evaluating standard form fuel contracts to addressing complex financial issues such as the “debt equivalency” of long-term hedges, our professionals manage the fuel procurement process from concept to evaluation to providing regulatory support for clients’ plans.

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