Experience

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 throughout North America. The Weaver project is a grid-scale wind energy project located in Hancock, County, Maine. Verrill worked successfully with applicant to obtain State and local approval of the project, including development of a mitigation proposal to address concerns expressed by the state wildlife agency on potential avian impacts. The state permit was issued in May, 2019, and Verrill is currently working with the company on financing and construction of the project. Verrill also advises Longroad Energy on solar development projects in Maine.

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.

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 New England. Worked on financings, regulatory compliance, and stakeholder engagement for the Maine projects.

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 RFP.

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 connection with disposition of certain Maine wind power assets.

Bingham Wind Project

Verrill's environmental team successfully permitted the Bingham Wind project, which at 185 MW is the largest wind power project in New England. The project includes fifty-six 3.3 MW Vestas turbines, a transmission line, an O&M building, meteorological towers, and access roads and crane paths, which collectively required permits from the Department of Environmental Protection, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the towns of Bingham, Parkman and Abbott. Verrill continues to work with the project owner to ensure the long-term success of the project.

Champion of Wind Energy Projects

Verrill successfully permitted eleven wind power projects in Maine with an installed capacity of more than 1,000 MW. The team shepherded projects through the Land Use Regulation Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, Army Corps of Engineers, and multiple towns where project elements are located.

In the Bingham Wind project, Verrill permitted a 17 mile generator lead line that traversed organized and unorganized jurisdiction in Maine. The permits included a federal Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit, Maine Department of Environmental Protection Site Law and NRPA permits, as well as several local permits.

In the Saddleback Ridge Wind project, Verrill assisted Patriot Renewables in permitting 9.5 miles of generator lead in the towns of Carthage, Dixfield and Canton, Maine. The permits included a federal Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit, Maine Department of Environmental Protection Site Location and NRPA permits, utility location permits from the Maine DOT and the Town of Carthage, and a building permit from the Town of Dixfield.

Champlain Wind: Lease and Easement Negotiations

Our attorneys provided lease and easement negotiations, fee acquisitions and related project agreements for proposed wind energy project of up to 69.1 megawatts, with associated 5-mile electric generator lead line, in Carroll Plantation (Penobscot County) and Kossuth Township (Washington County), Maine. Additional work on behalf of this client included title work and arranging for title insurance and surveys

Defending Constitutionality of the Wind Energy Act

Verrill successfully defended permits in which the constitutionality of the Wind Energy Act was challenged as well as numerous decisions involving the interpretation and application of sound and scenic standards that govern wind energy developments.

Independence Wind: Wind Power Development

We represented Independence Wind in the development of its Record Hill Wind project in Roxbury, Maine. The Record Hill Wind project is a 22-turbine, 50-megawatt facility located along the ridgelines of Record Hill, Flathead Mountain, and Partridge Peak. We obtained the following favorable rulings in appeals of Record Hill Wind's permits issued by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection:

  • On March 24, 2011, the Maine Supreme Court comprehensively denied opponents' appeal of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection's approval of Record Hill Wind's DEP development permit.
  • On March 18, 2010, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection rejected all claims made by project opponents and affirmed Record Hill Wind's DEP development permit.

Patriot Renewables: Wind Power Development

We represented Patriot Renewables in the development of several wind power projects in western Maine. In addition to assisting Patriot in obtaining federal, state, and local permitting approvals, our appellate work for Patriot has included the following favorable decisions:

  • On February 3, 2011, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection rejected all claims made by opponents of Patriot's Spruce Mountain Wind project and affirmed the project's development permit issued by the Department of Environmental Protection.
  • On December 16, 2010, the Town of Woodstock Board of Appeals dismissed an opponent's challenge to the Spruce Mountain Wind project's municipal land use permit issued by the Town of Woodstock.

TransCanada Maine Wind Development Inc.: Lease and Easement Negotiations

We represented TransCanada Maine Wind Development Inc. in lease and easement negotiations, fee acquisitions and related project agreements for Kibby Wind Power Project, a 132-megawatt wind farm in Franklin County, Maine with associated 25-mile 115 kV transmission line, the largest wind power development in New England. Our attorneys also negotiated easements and related project agreements for proposed Kibby expansion located in Kibby Twp. and Chain of Ponds Twp. (11 turbine expansion accepted by Maine LURC for processing) and arranged for title insurance and surveys.

TransCanada: Wind Power Permitting

We represented TransCanada on the development and permitting of its wind power projects in Maine. TransCanada's first Maine project, the Kibby Wind Project, is a 132 MW wind power project located in the Western Boundary Mountains of Maine, and an associated 27-mile transmission line connecting the project to the electrical grid. Permitting of the Kibby Wind Project required rezoning and environmental permitting before the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), which is the zoning and planning body for Maine's more than 10 million acres of unorganized territories. In addition to permitting before LURC, the project required permits from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and selected local permits. When it was completed, the project was the largest operating wind power project in New England. In 2011, TransCanada was awarded the Environmental Business Council of New England's Outstanding Environmental - Energy Achievement Award for the Kibby Wind Project.

We also represented TransCanada in connection with development and permitting of the Sisk Wind Project, a 33 MW wind power project, in close proximity to the Kibby Wind Project. As a result of wind power legislation passed during 2008, the proposed Sisk Project is located in a newly designated "expedited wind permitting area."

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TransCanada Maine Wind Development Inc.

Wind Generator Lead Lines

In the Kibby Wind project, Verrill permitted 27 miles of generator lead line that traversed both organized and unorganized jurisdictions in Maine. The permits included a federal Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit, Maine Department of Environmental Protection Site Location and NRPA permits, and Maine Land Use Regulation Commission approvals.

In the Stetson Wind project, Verrill permitted 38 miles of generator lead line that traversed both organized and unorganized jurisdictions in Maine. The permits included a federal Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit and Maine Department of Environmental Protection Site Law and NRPA permits.

In the Oakfield Wind project, Verrill permitted 56 miles of generator lead line that traversed both organized and unorganized jurisdictions in Maine. The permits included a federal Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit, Maine Department of Environmental Protection Site Law and NRPA permits, as well as several local permits.

In the Bingham Wind project, Verrill permitted a 17 mile generator lead line that traversed organized and unorganized jurisdiction in Maine. The permits included a federal Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit, Maine Department of Environmental Protection Site Law and NRPA permits, as well as several local permits.

In the Saddleback Ridge Wind project, Verrill assisted Patriot Renewables in permitting 9.5 miles of generator lead in the towns of Carthage, Dixfield and Canton, Maine. The permits included a federal Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit, Maine Department of Environmental Protection Site Location and NRPA permits, utility location permits from the Maine DOT and the Town of Carthage, and a building permit from the Town of Dixfield.

Firm Highlights

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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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Verrill’s Jim Cohen to Moderate Portland Chamber’s “Eggs & Issues” Discussion with Key State Officials regarding COVID-19

On Wednesday April 8, Verrill attorney and Portland Community Chamber of Commerce president James Cohen will moderate the Portland Chamber’s first-ever “virtual” Eggs & Issues on the subject of Maine’s response to the COVID-19...

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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...

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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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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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Verrill Helps State’s Largest Solar Project Obtain Principal Environmental Permit

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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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Maine Law Court Holds Citizen's Initiative Cannot Block CMP's NECEC Transmission Line

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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...