Edward H. Comer is Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at the Edison Electric Institute. He began at EEI as a staff attorney in 1981 and became Vice President and General Counsel in 1998. Mr. Comer was elected Corporate Secretary in September 2011.
Mr. Comer is responsible for all legal issues affecting EEI and its members and works directly on the critical policy issues affecting the electric industry. He represents EEI in Congress and in proceedings before federal regulatory agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and several others agencies. He also represents EEI before state legislative and administrative bodies and with state officials on matters of generic industry interest. Currently he is engaged in issues involving environmental rules, transmission siting, smart grid implementation, energy efficiency, and general utility regulation.
Mr. Comer manages an active litigation practice at EEI. EEI regularly appears as an amicus or intervenor in matters of general electric utility interest in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal Courts of Appeals and the highest Courts in individual states. A recent successful case is American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, where the U.S. Supreme Court held that federal courts lacked authority to consider common law tort claims relating to emissions of greenhouse gases.
He also hosts EEI's biannual Legal Conferences, which discuss legal issues of significance to the electric industry. EEI's Legal Conferences are widely regarded as an excellent source of cutting-edge information within the electric industry and are certified for Continuing Legal Education Credits in over 30 states.
Mr. Comer holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Chicago, where he specialized in Russian History, and a Law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Energy Bar Association and the Association General Counsel Forum. Prior to joining EEI, he spent several years in private practice at Terris and Sunderland in Washington, D.C. Before that, he worked at the Office of Hearings and Appeals at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on oil rate regulation and allocation issues.