Powerlines

Verrill's Energy Group counsels both regulated and unregulated entities in the development, permitting, construction, and operation of electrical transmission and distribution lines. We have successfully obtained Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC); regional interconnection approvals; and federal, state, and local land use permits for the construction and operation of new electrical lines. Our lawyers negotiate and obtain real estate easements necessary for transmission projects, provide stakeholder management services to minimize conflict and maximize support for projects, and resolve financing and tax issues. We utilize a highly successful interdisciplinary approach to ensure that the project is brought on line consistent with each client's unique business objectives.

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Firm Highlights

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Standards of Conduct

Verrill represented Emera in a Maine PUC rulemaking establishing standards of conduct governing the relationship between transmission and distribution utilities and affiliated generators. The rulemaking arose from a number of earlier commission proceedings, including...

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Prudence of New Substation

Verrill represented a Maine utility in a lengthy and contentious Maine PUC case involving the prudence of the siting and design of a new substation. To address the concerns of several neighbors arising out...

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Local Transmission Planning Standards

Emera choose Verrill to represent it when the Maine PUC opened an investigation into certain local transmission planning standards applicable to Maine’s electric utilities. The standards or “safe harbors” are important tools in transmission...

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Non-Wires Alternatives

In litigation spanning several years, Verrill represented Emera in a Maine PUC investigation into ratemaking mechanisms associated with non-wires alternatives for Maine's investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities. That proceeding grew out of a prior...

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Jim Cohen Addresses Maine Chamber Symposium About Risks of Public Power

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First Circuit Acts on Appeal by South Portland Pipeline Company

On January 10, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit acted on the Portland Pipe Line Corporation’s (PPLC) appeal of the district court order upholding a South Portland zoning ordinance that...

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Maine Adopts Amended Net Energy Billing Rules, New Commercial NEB Tariff Rate

Recent legislation amending the net energy billing (NEB) rules to include a tariff rate program specifically for commercial customers and directing the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to procure distributed generation, has prompted a...

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Change of Control of Emera Maine

Verrill represented Emera Maine, and its affiliates Chester SVC Partnership and Maine Electric Power Company (the “Utilities”), before the Maine PUC with respect to the Utilities’ request for Commission approval of the change of...

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Maine Energy Storage Commission Issues Report to Legislature

The Commission to Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry has issued its report to the Legislature. The Commission unanimously agreed on the benefits of energy...

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Maine Solar Boom: Over 1.5GW of Distributed Solar Capacity in the Queue