Emily Beard helps clients navigate federal and state energy regulations. She brings a unique perspective to clients because of her background working for federal energy regulators and a state electric cooperative. She has particular experience with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) electric transmission cases and orders, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) enforcement activity, and the intersection of state legislation and energy clients' interests.
Prior to joining Parker Poe, Emily served as an attorney-advisor in FERC's Office of General Counsel, Energy Markets. Specifically, Emily worked on energy transmission cases arising from FERC's Southeast and New York Independent System Operator regions, and she drafted orders related to jurisdictional issues affecting the electric utility industry. In addition, Emily has served as NERC's associate counsel for enforcement. Her role included collaborating with NERC regional enforcement entities to draft and file notices of penalty related to violations of critical infrastructure protection standards .
Earlier in her career, Emily served as a government relations associate for the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, a trade association. She provided weekly updates to 20 electric cooperatives on how pending legislation could potentially affect their interests and met with South Carolina lawmakers and staff to discuss relevant legislation. She is also a former law clerk for the late South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Tanya Gee.
Emily earned her law degree from Vermont Law School and her bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia.