Water & Wastewater Utilities

Verrill's Water & Wastewater Utilities Group, led by attorney William Harwood, focuses on local, state, and federal regulation of suppliers and users of water and wastewater services throughout New England.

The Group represents water utilities and customers in a wide variety of cases before the Maine Public Utilities Commission including rate cases, customer complaints, rulemakings and formal MPUC investigations. The Group has been actively involved in issues of withdrawal of water and minimum stream flows before the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and has represented clients in Maine Drinking Water Program proceedings. The Group also represents both suppliers and customers in trial and appellate court proceedings including proceedings involving eminent domain issues, rate issues and main extensions. On the business side, the Group regularly provides legal advice to water and wastewater clients on matters such as corporate finance and bond issuance, service connections, limited service agreements, easement procurement, environmental compliance and mergers and acquisitions. The Group also offers its clients a regular and effective presence before Maine's Legislature and, in particular, the Legislature's Environment and Natural Resources Committee and Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.

Beyond Maine, our attorneys have considerable experience negotiating wastewater discharge agreements for manufacturers and in assisting municipal wastewater authorities with facilities upgrades and with the development of combined sewage overflow management projects. The Group's attorneys serve as counsel to municipal pollution control authorities and have handled state and federal enforcement matters for water pollution control authorities and industrial dischargers. Our attorneys have also successfully handled environmental permit applications and permit modifications for publicly owned treatment works and industrial users in several jurisdictions and have negotiated inter-local agreements among municipalities for the use of publicly owned treatment works throughout New England.

Firm Highlights

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Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...

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2017 Emera Distribution Rate Case

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...

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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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Natural Gas Rate Plan

Verrill represented Summit Natural Gas in securing Maine PUC approval of its alternative rate plan or ARP. The ten-year rate plan provided for annual rate adjustments during the course of the ARP, return-on-equity sharing...

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Issues in Maine Energy and Electric Utility Regulation

On Thursday, April 22 attorneys Bill Harwood and Scott Anderson will be presenting for HalfMoon Education Online Learning's Issues in Maine Energy and Electric Utility Regulation, an interactive webinar. In the webinar, attendees will...

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Verrill Attorneys Present on Issues in Maine Energy and Electric Utility Regulation

The energy and environmental landscape is constantly evolving. On Tuesday, April 22, 2021, Halfmoon Education Inc. presents a full-day, virtual program, "Issues in Maine Energy and Electric Utility Regulation," which will highlight the current...

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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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Virtual “Eggs & Issues”: Jim Cohen Interviews U.S. Senator Susan Collins

On March 10, Verrill partner Jim Cohen moderated a virtual “Eggs & Issues” business forum with US Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). The March forum, hosted by the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce , covered...

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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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Rate Design

We represented Emera in a rate design case before the Maine PUC to determine whether local distribution rates should be adjusted to reflect seasonal variations in the cost of providing electric distribution service.

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