Biography

Hans excels at resolving business and regulatory challenges to provide clear and actionable recommendations that translate into economic value and stability for clients and their communities. He works on a variety of utility and energy matters before the Maine PUC, FERC, and FCC on behalf of energy, telecommunication, and water utility entities, among others.

As part of his work, Hans assists with the drafting of filings and the representation of clients appearing before state and federal regulators. He responds to clients’ regulatory inquiries and serves their legislative needs by advocating for them in rulemaking proceedings as well as researching and tracking draft legislation and recently enacted laws.

In his past career, Hans advised international development projects regarding their environmental regulatory compliance obligations to U.S. government donors. After entering Vermont Law School, Hans was an articles editor for the Vermont Law Review and a teaching assistant. Before joining Verrill, Hans served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Justice Andrew Mead of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Hans spends much of his free time with his family, biking, skating, paddling, and sailing around Maine. He also enjoys adventure racing to raise funds and build camaraderie. As a near-fluent Spanish speaker, Hans volunteers in public school Spanish classrooms and at local organic farms to swap stories with students and farm workers.

Services / Industries

Education

  • Vermont Law School  (J.D., summa cum laude)
    • Editor, Vermont Law Review
  • Connecticut College  (B.A., magna cum laude)
    • International Relations

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

Honors

  • Vermont Law and Environmental Mission Scholar at Vermont Law School

Languages

  • Spanish, Fluent
  • French, Basic
  • Quechua, Conversational

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Pipeline Appeals Grant of Summary Judgment to South Portland Regarding Its Ban on Marine Loading of Crude Oil

Judge Woodcock of the U.S. District Court in Portland, finding that the South Portland’s Clear Skies Ordinance (the Ordinance) was neither a “preempted pipeline facility safety standard or a discriminatory ordinance enacted for an...

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Maine to Participate in Discussions on Amending Federal Regulations to Boost Offshore Wind

April 9, 2019 – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the Trump Administration’s plans to propose “a series of regulatory changes later this year to boost offshore wind develop off the Atlantic and...

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Federal Communications Bar Association–Verrill Dana: Solving the Digital Divide

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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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An Interview with ME PUC Chair, Commissioners, and Former Chair

Sourced from Steve Mitnick,  Public Utilities Fortnightly , “A Day (Two Actually) at the Maine PUC” (January 2019). In this posting, I summarize a recent series of interviews with the current Maine PUC Chair...

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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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Net-Metering News from Maine and California

On December 17, 2018, the Maine PUC exempted medium and large non-residential customer classes of CMP and Emera from compliance with the Commission’s net energy billing provisions in Chapter 313, section 3(f), which require...

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Recent Maine Legislation Bolster Solar, Distributed Generation

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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...

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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...