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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Maine Law Court Holds Citizen's Initiative Cannot Block CMP's NECEC Transmission Line

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Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...

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MPUC Adopts Safe Harbor for Determination of “Discrete Electric Generating Facilities,” a Qualification for Net Energy Billing and Distributed Generation Programs

Yesterday, all three Maine Public Utilities Commission Commissioners agreed to adopt a new standard for the determination of what facilities qualify as “discrete electric generating facilities” under the MPUC’s Distributed Generation and Net Energy...

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Rate Design

We represented Emera in a rate design case before the Maine PUC to determine whether local distribution rates should be adjusted to reflect seasonal variations in the cost of providing electric distribution service.

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Maine Public Utilities Commission Invites Net Energy Billing Report Comments

Yesterday, the Maine Public Utilities Commission issued a request for comments related to the MPUC’s Net Energy Billing Report to the Legislature. The Commission broadly invited any interested person to submit information or comments...

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Stranded Cost Rate Reconciliation

We represented Emera in multiple stranded cost reconciliation cases in which stranded cost revenues and expenses are reconciled annually with forecasted revenues and expenses.

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Verrill Helps State’s Largest Solar Project Obtain Principal Environmental Permit

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MPUC Issues Order Setting Forth “Discrete Electric Generating Facilities” Safe Harbor

Today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) issued an Advisory Ruling establishing a safe harbor for the determination whether a generation facility is a Discrete Electric Generating Facility for the purposes of qualifying for...

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Rate Surcharge

Verrill represented a Maine utility in the negotiation of a temporary rate surcharge applicable to former ratepayers of an electric co-operative. The surcharge was designed to recover the incremental costs of the utility acquiring...

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2017 Emera Distribution Rate Case

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...