Biography

Bill's 30+ year career has been devoted to representing public utilities before state and federal regulatory agencies.

Bill has represented electric, gas, water and telecommunications companies in more than 50 major cases before the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) including rate cases, prudence investigations, management audits, merger approvals, requests for certificates of public convenience and necessity and rulemaking proceedings. Bill counsels utilities on proactive strategies to both anticipate regulatory developments and efficiently manage the regulatory process.

Bill has been extensively involved in traditional rate setting issues including CWIP in rate base, attrition, accounting orders and cost of capital. Bill has negotiated long-term alternative rate plans which include automatic inflation adjustments, service quality penalties, and recovery of mandated or exogenous costs. He has also negotiated numerous long-term special rate agreements between utilities and specific industrial consumers.

Bill was actively involved in the restructuring of the Maine electric utility industry including the representation of utilities in the sale of their generating assets, recovery of stranded costs and providing standard offer (default) service. Bill has represented developers of new transmission lines in securing Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and wind developers in negotiating Interconnection Agreements and securing adequate transmission capacity for delivery of the output. Bill has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law, teaching utility regulation and administrative law.

Services / Industries

Education

  • Fordham University  (J.D., cum laude)
    • Member, Fordham Law Review (1976-1978)
  • Harvard University  (B.A.)

Public Service

  • Board of Trustees, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine (2002-2012)
  • Board of Trustees, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (2004-2015), Board Chair (2011-2015)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law (2000-2001, 2006-2007)
  • Chair, American Bar Association's Special Committee on Gun Violence (2002-2004)
  • President, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence (1999-2003)
  • Presentations at more than 25 utility conferences sponsored by NARUC, ABA, NECPUC, MSBA, NAWC, MWUA and MRWA
  • Board of Trustees, Yarmouth Historical Society (2012-2018)
  • Board of Directors, Maine Justice Foundation (2016-present); President (2019-present)
  • Board of Trustees, Waynflete School (2011-2017)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Maine

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association: Chair, Administrative Law Section (1990-1994)
  • Fellow, Maine Justice Foundation
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Maine Bar Foundation, Director (1986-1992), President (1991)
  • Elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (1999)

Honors

  • Recipient of 2017 Edmund Muskie Access to Justice Award
  • Recipient of 1999 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Recipient of 1994 Maine Bar Foundation Dana Award for Outstanding Service in the Advancement of Legal Services for the Indigent
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Energy & Natural Resources
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2014 Portland, Maine Energy Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Administrative / Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Utilities, Administrative Law and Energy & Natural Resources

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Firm Highlights

Blog

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...

Publication/Podcast

Natural Gas: Focus on the Future

On Thursday, October 18, Verrill Dana and Pierce Atwood co-hosted a full day seminar examining the natural gas industry in Maine entitled  Natural Gas: Focus on the Future. Chair of Maine Public Utilities Commission...

Blog

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...

Blog

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...

News

61 Verrill Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers, 12 as Lawyers of the Year

(September 3, 2019) – More than 60 Verrill attorneys were once again recognized as “Best Lawyers” by Best Lawyers® 2020 . In addition, 12 attorneys from the firm were named “Lawyer of the Year,&rdquo...

Blog

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...

Event

7th Annual Maine Natural Gas Conference

Blog

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...

Blog

Recent Maine Legislation Bolster Solar, Distributed Generation

Blog

The Latest: Governor Reported to Hire Burgess as Maine’s Energy Director

Reports  are circulating that Governor Mills may have selected Dan Burgess as the Director of the Governor’s Energy Office. Burgess is a native of Newport and University of Maine alum. Burgess has been at...