Gerald E. Wuetcher
Counsel , Lexington KY
Jerry is Counsel to the Firm in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and is part of the Utility & Energy practice. He joined the firm in 2014, after working for more than 26 years at the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) as a staff attorney, deputy general counsel, and executive advisor.
Over the course of his career, Jerry has frequently appeared before the PSC in administrative proceedings involving electric, natural gas, water, and sewer utility issues and has represented the PSC in state and federal courts. He also served as the PSC’s representative in several interagency groups addressing water and wastewater issues. He drafted amendments to various provisions of Kentucky’s public utility statutes and revisions to the PSC’s administrative regulations.
From 2009-2013, Jerry was PSC’s representative on the board of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority. He developed and implemented the PSC’s training program for water utility officials and was an instructor for that program.
Jerry is a frequent speaker on utility and local government issues before such organizations as the Kentucky Rural Water Association, Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Association of Counties, and Utility Management Institute.
Along with his significant experience in the realm of civilian law, Jerry served for 27 years in the U.S. Army as a judge advocate before retiring at the rank of colonel in 2011. He occupied numerous roles on active duty and in a reserve status.
Utility & Energy: Jerry concentrates on public utility law in Kentucky, but also participates in general and commercial litigation, transactions, employment concerns, securities issues, and mergers and acquisitions involving gas, electric, and water companies. He handles all facets of regulatory matters, including the negotiation of complex agreements and representation before state agencies and courts.
Emory University, 1984, J.D.
Johns Hopkins University, 1981, B.A.
PracticesUtility & Energy
U.S. Court of Appeals, Armed Forces
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
Professional & Community Activities
Woodford County Library, board of trustees, 2013-present
The Best Lawyers in America®, Utilities Law, 2021 – present
- So You Got Caught: Show Cause Enforcement Proceedings Before the Kentucky Public Service Commission, Presentation to the Kentucky Rural Water Association Management Conference, 2019
- Why Percent Water Loss As A Metric Isn’t Cutting It in Rate Cases But What Are the Alternatives, Presentation to the National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys, 2019
- Kentucky Public Service Commission and the Construction and Financing of Water and Wastewater Projects, Presentation to Staff of Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, 2018
- Practice before the Public Service Commission, Kentucky Rural Water Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, 2018
- Regulation of Water and Sewer Utilities, Kentucky-Tennessee Section AWWA Water Professionals Leadership Academy, 2018
- Kentucky Public Service Commission’s Treatment of Employee Compensation, Northern Kentucky Water Training Program, 2018
- Recent Developments in Utility Regulation, Utility Leadership Institute Water Law Series, 2017
- Recent Trends at the Public Service Commission, Kentucky Rural Water Association Annual Conference, 2017
- Certificates of Public Convenience & Necessity: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask the PSC, Kentucky Rural Water Association Annual Conference, 2017
- Special Districts and Special Purpose Governmental Entities, Kentucky Association of Counties Leadership Institute, 2017
- Obtaining Kentucky Public Service Commission Approval to Construct a Waterworks Project, Kentucky-Tennessee Section AWWA Water Professionals Conference, 2017
- Recent Developments in Utility Regulation, Northern Kentucky Water Training Program, 2017
- Recent Developments in Utility Regulation, Northern Kentucky Water Training Program, 2016
- Cities and The Public Service Commission: Solving The Puzzle of The PSC’s Role In Setting Municipal Utility Rates, Kentucky Rural Water Association Annual Conference, 2015
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