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, multi-disciplinary 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, including 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; advice regarding 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 and the Maine Public Utilities Commission 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.

Firm Highlights

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Champion of Wind Energy Projects

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Beneficial Electrification, A Potential Win-Win for T&D Utilities, Regulators, and Environmentalists

According to a Boston Consulting Group report released last week, transmission and distribution (T&D) utilities stand to gain significant value from aggressive investment in grid capacity that facilitates the transition to an electrified transportation...

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Solar Energy: Acquisition of Grid-Scale Project in Brunswick, Maine

Verrill represented Diversified Communications in the acquisition of a newly built $2.5 million solar array in Brunswick, Maine. The array, which was developed by ReVision Energy and went online in January 2018, will provide power...

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Dynamic Pricing Triggers EV Owners’ Load Shift to Early Morning Hours

Supplying electricity during peak demand, the period of highest customer demand for electricity (typically around 4 – 7 p.m.), increases the costs of supply – both for transmission and distribution utilities and customers. Dynamic...

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MPUC Approves Term Sheet for Three Rivers Solar Power, LLC’s 100 MW Solar Project

Today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission  approved  a   term sheet   for a long-term contact for Three Rivers Solar Power, LLC’s 100 MW solar project. The Three Rivers Solar project will be located...

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Maine Public Utilities Commission Approves Weaver Wind Power Contract

On July 12, 2019, the Maine Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved a long-term contract for the purchase of power from Weaver Wind, a 72.6 MW wind power project in Hancock County Maine. The expected...

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Bingham Wind Project

Verrill’s environmental team successfully permitted the Bingham Wind project, which at 185 MW is the largest wind power project in New England. The project includes fifty-six 3.3 MW Vestas turbines, a transmission line, an...

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U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Review Zero Emissions Credit Schemes

In two related cases, Petitioners are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down state generator subsidies that Petitioners argue distort competitive wholesale power markets that are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal...

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Governor Mills Lifts Wind Power Moratorium

On Thursday, Governor Mills issued an   Executive Order  lifting a moratorium on new wind energy permits. Former Governor Paul LePage issued the moratorium in January 2018 and created a Maine Wind Energy Advisory...

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Governor Mills Nominates Former Chair of Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee to Lead Maine PUC

On behalf of Verrill Dana’s Energy & Utilities Practice Group, I’m pleased to inform you that Governor Mills has nominated Phil Bartlett to serve as Chair of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. More information...