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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