Ransom E. Davis

Adjunct Professor

Associate General Counsel


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Ransom E. Ted Davis

Ted Davis is an Associate General Counsel with the Maryland Public Service Commission. There, he provides legal advice addressing the regulation of electric, gas, telephone, transportation, and water companies, on issues that include utility rates and terms of service, applications for merger approval, electric reliability standards, and applications to build power plants (including Maryland’s first offshore wind farms). He also advocates Commission positions before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and federal courts, defends appeals of Commission decisions in state courts, and coordinates with other state public utility commissions and stakeholders within PJM to address regional energy issues.

Prior to joining the Maryland Commission, Ted worked in Thompson Coburn’s Washington D.C. office and represented municipal electric utilities and state agencies in proceedings before FERC involving the rates, terms and conditions of electric service as well as the restructuring of wholesale electric markets. Additionally, as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland, Ted represented the Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Energy Administration in numerous energy and environmental proceedings, including the regulatory litigation that resulted from the restructuring of Maryland’s retail electric industry from a vertically-integrated utility model to a competitive industry.

Ted received his law degree from The Dickinson School of Law. There, he published “Individually Transferable Quotas and the Magnuson Act: Creating Economic Efficiency in Our Nation’s Fisheries” in the Dickinson Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. He is also a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Economics and Spanish.

Ted has earned several awards including an Exceptional Achievement Award from the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, and is a member of the following honor societies: Pi Gamma Mu (social sciences); Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish); and Mu Upsilon Sigma (music).

Ted has also published several energy-related articles, including:

  • “Second-Generation Regulatory Capture as an Explanatory Factor in the Performance of Regional Transmission Organizations,” with G. Newell, presented at the Center for Research in Regulated Industries' Advanced Workshop in Regulation and Competition;
  • “Mandatory Reliability Standards for Electric Utility Systems: What Are They, Where Did They Come From, and What Do They Require?” with G. Newell and M. McNaul;
  • “Understanding Electricity Markets,” with G. Newell, published by the American Public Power Association, October 2006; and
  • Disaster Medicine (American College of Emergency Physicians) “Power Failure and Energy Emergencies: Hospital and State Perspectives.”