Areas of Practice
  • Vietnamese
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1995, Research & Projects Editor, Virginia Journal of International Law
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with honors, 1992, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Societies
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Viet H. Ngo

Of Counsel
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8123
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Viet H. Ngo is of counsel in Steptoe’s Washington office and has more than 18 years of experience representing electric utilities and other energy clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a broad range of matters relating to electric utility regulation.

In recent years, Mr. Ngo has focused extensively on regulatory issues relating to the construction of new, large-scale transmission projects.  He has worked on a number of regulated utility transmission projects, merchant transmission projects, and participant funded projects.  He has also successfully obtained transmission incentives under Order No. 679 for several major transmission projects in the Northeast.  Mr. Ngo has also been an active participant in the restructuring of the New England electric power market, and has been involved in litigating transmission and power contract disputes related to the restructured market.  In addition, Mr. Ngo has acted, as FERC regulatory counsel, in a number of major generation sale transactions.  He also has experience with mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, market power issues, contract disputes, transmission and interconnection access and pricing issues.  He regularly assists public utilities and their affiliates with regulatory and other legal matters, including compliance with FERC’s Standards of Conduct and affiliate rules.  Mr. Ngo also actively works on the firm’s pro bono projects, including assisting immigrant children and young adults who are victims of human trafficking, violent crime, abuse or neglect or who are threatened with persecution in their home country.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully obtaining FERC’s approval for a participant funded transmission arrangement in connection with the $1.2 billion Northern Pass Transmission Project
  • Successfully obtained incentive rate treatment for the $2 billion New England East-West Solution transmission project in New England
  • Assisted a major foreign energy company in its acquisition of a $400 merchant transmission project, including assisting with due diligence efforts, obtaining the regulatory approvals, and preparing required filings and documents in connection with commercial operation
  • Successfully obtained waivers of FERC’s affiliate rules, including the sharing of certain personnel and pricing rules with respect to the provision of non-power goods and services
  • Counsels and represents electric utilities to implement corporate restructuring proposals and formation of regional transmission organizations and independent transmission service coordinator proposals, including negotiating and drafting transactional documents and agreements, and preparing the requisite applications and filings for regulatory approvals

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association