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

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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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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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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...

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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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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...

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

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Nearly 80 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2021, Including a Dozen Named Lawyers of the Year

(August 24, 2020) – Nearly 80 Verrill attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2021 , including 12 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year,” a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer...

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