Water Over Dam

Verrill's Energy Group is involved in all aspects of the acquisition, licensing, and operation of hydroelectric facilities. Specifically, the firm appears regularly before FERC in connection with the licensing and re-licensing of hydro facilities; secures required state 401 water quality certificates; and negotiates safety, aesthetic, and recreational licensing conditions with government agencies, interest groups, and abutters. The firm has litigated headwater benefit claims before FERC involving disputes over Section 10(f) payments from downstream owners to upstream owners. Our attorneys have been involved in several disputes over the decommissioning and removal of dams and regularly advises buyers and sellers of hydro facilities in structuring such transactions. The firm has also advised clients on compliance with FERC safety audits and has arbitrated disputes arising from power purchase agreements between hydro facilities and power purchasers.

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Firm Highlights

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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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Sales of Kennebec Hydro Project

Verrill represented Kennebec Water District in connection with the sale to Essex Hydro of its hydro-electric facility on the Kennebec River. Bill Harwood and Brian Marshall represent Kennebec Water District in seeking FERC approval...

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

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

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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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FERC Hydro License Compliance

Represented ENEL, an international leader in hydro power, before FERC in defending against a formal Section 206 Complaint by the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and various abutters, alleging that ENEL North America has violated...

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Arbitration of Hydro PPA Dispute

Represented a Maine utility in arbitratiion of a contractual dispute between the utility and a hydro facility owner arising under a long-term power purchase agreement. After a lengthy hearing, the arbitrator ruled in favor...

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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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Power Purchase Agreement Dispute

Represented Emera in defending a claim by a hydroelectric operator disputing Emera's determination of so-called avoided cost PURPA rates paid by Emera to the hydroelectric operator.

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FERC Headwater Benefits Case

Secured a settlement on behalf of several downstream hydro owners in a FERC headwater benefits case that spanned 12 years and involved millions of dollars of claims between several major U.S. hydro developers owning...