Developers of energy projects face complex challenges requiring both precision and scope from the project's legal team. Verrill's Energy Group consists of a well-integrated, multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals.

Because of the depth of our experience across a wide range of areas, including utility and environmental regulation, real estate, finance, corporate tax, and government relations, our Energy Group is able to provide and coordinate the full range of legal services required to successfully represent energy clients in today's evolving energy markets and regulatory environment. We counsel energy developers to both anticipate regulatory developments and manage the regulatory process.

We serve as counsel in complex energy transactions including sales and acquisitions of generation facilities such as hydro and wind facilities; mergers and acquisitions involving energy companies and regulated utilities; purchases and sales of electric energy and capacity; acquisitions of utility rights-of-way or energy corridors; energy and new markets tax credits; and the permitting of major new high-voltage electric transmission lines, high-pressure natural gas pipelines, and wind energy facilities.

We regularly represent both generators and transmission providers before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in proceedings such as rate cases, certificate proceedings, and consumer complaint cases, as well as before the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Land Use Planning Commission, and municipalities in seeking siting approval.

Verrill’s Energy Group has recently researched, edited, and published the 2nd edition of its treatise, Maine Regulation of Public Utilities. It is the only comprehensive treatise on the subject.

Firm Highlights

Blog

COVID-19 Alert: State of Maine and City of Portland Issue Orders to Close Non-essential Businesses; Utility Services to Continue

On Tuesday March 24, 2020, both the City of Portland and the State of Maine issued comprehensive new limitations on business establishments in order to further limit the spread of the coronavirus. Both actions...

News

38 Verrill Attorneys, Across Four Offices, Recognized in 2020 Chambers & Partners Guide

(April 27, 2020) – Verrill has been rated as a Leading Firm in a total of ten categories and subcategories as evaluated by London-based Chambers & Partners , one of the world's most respected...

Blog

COVID-19 Alert: Massachusetts Closes “Non-essential” Businesses; Utility Services to Continue

The response to COVID-19 by states across the U.S. has continued to evolve rapidly. In Massachusetts, due to growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus, Governor Charlie Baker issued a “ shelter in place&rdquo...

Publication/Podcast

7th Annual Maine Natural Gas Conference

On Thursday, October 3, 2019, Verrill and Pierce Atwood hosted our 7th Annual Maine Natural Gas Conference. Verrill attorney William Harwood and Pierce Atwood attorney John Gulliver led the day as our industry professionals...

Matter

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...

Matter

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.

Blog

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

Matter

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...

Blog

Verrill’s Jim Cohen to Moderate Portland Chamber’s “Eggs & Issues” Discussion with Key State Officials regarding COVID-19

On Wednesday April 8, Verrill attorney and Portland Community Chamber of Commerce president James Cohen will moderate the Portland Chamber’s first-ever “virtual” Eggs & Issues on the subject of Maine’s response to the COVID-19...

Matter

Natural Gas Rate Plan

Verrill represented Summit Natural Gas in securing Maine PUC approval of its alternative rate plan or ARP. The ten-year rate plan provided for annual rate adjustments during the course of the ARP, return-on-equity sharing...