Verrill has permitted over 900 megawatts of wind energy in Maine. We have unparalleled experience with the applicable regulatory requirements and bring practical experience and ability to work with diverse stakeholders to ensure the successful permitting, construction, and operation of a project.

Wind Power

Juliet T. Browne, Chair of the firm's Environmental Group and Co-Chair of the firm's Energy Group, was a member of the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power, which developed legislation streamlining state regulation of wind power development.

Verrill brings its experience and skill to every aspect of wind power development, including:

  • Real estate acquisition
  • Corporate and tax considerations
  • Local, state, and federal environmental and land use permitting
  • Utility regulation and electrical transmission issues
  • Administrative and judicial appeals
  • Financing
  • Due diligence and critical issues analysis

Our depth of experience enables us to provide targeted and accurate guidance on development of wind power and the likely challenges and opportunities presented by such projects.

Our team has worked on the successful development, permitting, and/or construction of the following grid-scale projects in Maine:

  • Kibby (132 MW)
  • Sisk (33 MW)
  • Record Hill (50.6 MW)
  • Mars Hill (42 MW)
  • Stetson I and II (82.5 MW)
  • Rollins (60 MW)
  • Oakfield (150 MW)
  • Bingham (206 MW)
  • Bull Hill (34.2 MW)
  • Hancock (54 MW)
  • Spruce Mountain (20 MW)
  • Saddleback (33 MW)
  • Canton (22 MW)

We consistently prevailed in administrative and judicial challenges to project permits, including two federal court challenges, eight Maine Supreme Judicial Court challenges, and nine administrative appeals.

For more information about related experience by our team, please visit our Experience page.

Firm Highlights

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Maine Adopts Amended Net Energy Billing Rules, New Commercial NEB Tariff Rate

Recent legislation amending the net energy billing (NEB) rules to include a tariff rate program specifically for commercial customers and directing the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to procure distributed generation, has prompted a...

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Permitting

Served as counsel to Novatus Energy LLC on several wind power projects it owns and operates in Maine, including the Bingham Wind Project, which at 186 MW is the largest wind power project in...

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First Circuit Acts on Appeal by South Portland Pipeline Company

On January 10, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit acted on the Portland Pipe Line Corporation’s (PPLC) appeal of the district court order upholding a South Portland zoning ordinance that...

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Maine Solar Boom: Over 1.5GW of Distributed Solar Capacity in the Queue

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Sale of Projects

Served as outside environmental counsel to SunEdison in connection with wind power projects in Maine. Following SunEdison's voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, Verrill provided advice and support in...

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Maine Energy Storage Commission Issues Report to Legislature

The Commission to Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry has issued its report to the Legislature. The Commission unanimously agreed on the benefits of energy...

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Power Purchase Agreements

Represented a New York wind developer in proceedings in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island to obtain regulatory approval of power purchase agreements with utilities in those three states pursuant to their tristate clean energy...

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Jim Cohen Addresses Maine Chamber Symposium About Risks of Public Power

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New Transmission Line

Represented a wind developer on the environmental and land use permits for a 15-mile, 115 kV transmission line connecting the Northern Maine transmission system to ISO-New England.

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Champion of Wind Energy Projects