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)
  • Weaver Wind (72.6 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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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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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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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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Weaver Wind Project Development

Verrill represented Longroad Energy on development of the Weaver wind project in Maine. Longroad Energy is a Boston, MA-headquartered renewable energy developer focused on the development and operation of wind and solar energy projects...

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Sale of Wind 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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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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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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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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Power Purchase Agreement Approvals

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...