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Thursday
Jun072018

At NECPUC: Takeaways from the Annual Symposium

At the end of May, Verrill Dana attorneys James Cohen, William Harwood, Geoffrey Why, Katie Gray, and Brian Marshall attended the 71st New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners (NECPUC) Annual Symposium at the Cliff House in Cape Neddick, Maine. The conference sessions covered a range of topics, from net neutrality to the future of the power grid to electric vehicles in New England to natural gas safety, and featured special guests Maine Governor Paul LePage and, via video address, Senator Angus King.

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Wednesday
May302018

Congratulations to Cianbro on BOLD!

Cianbro recently shared that in April, Cianbro’s Power & Energy team placed its first BOLD® (Breakthrough Overhead Line Design®) structure on a project in Indiana. According to Cianbro “BOLD is a high-capacity, high-efficiency transmission line design with a low-profile, compact configuration.” 

I’m not an engineer, but BOLD looks pretty slick.


Friday
Feb022018

Maine Wind Energy Update

Ten years ago, Maine’s Task Force on Wind Energy set ambitious goals for wind development in the State, including a 2015 target of 1,000 MW and a 2020 target of 3,000 MW (including 300 MW offshore) of installed capacity. Today, Maine has less than 1,000 MW of installed capacity, and has yet to develop any offshore wind projects. The new year has brought only bad tidings for the future of wind energy development in Maine, as the Maine PUC reconsiders an offshore pilot, Governor LePage seeks to limit new development, and Maine wind failed to succeed in the Massachusetts clean energy RFP. Below is a recap of the latest wind power developments this year.

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Wednesday
Nov152017

Maine Department of Environmental Protection Issues Draft Wind Energy Act Rules

After more than a year of pre-rulemaking process including issuance of two drafts, the Maine DEP has commenced formal rulemaking and today issued draft rules for wind energy developments in Maine. The formal draft largely tracks the most recent pre-rulemaking version issued in January, 2017. The draft rules include standards for evaluating scenic impacts, limits on shadow flicker, provisions related to public safety, and requirements for demonstrating significant tangible benefits.

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Tuesday
Nov072017

Microgrids: The Next “Big” Thing?

There has been a lot of conversation lately about “microgrids.”  And, given the significant power outages experienced in Maine and the Northeast this past week due to extreme weather events, these conversations are bound to increase.

But, what exactly are microgrids, and how can they help?  Not everyone agrees.

In simple terms, a microgrid is a small portion of a larger electric system that is able to be “walled off” from the rest of the grid for purposes of reliability, and it would include a combination of generation and storage resources so that, when there is a system outage, the microgrid can remain running.  Typically, microgrids are appropriate for critical infrastructure like hospitals or military bases.

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Monday
Oct092017

Verrill Dana Co-hosts Fifth Annual Natural Gas Conference

On Thursday, September 28, Verrill Dana and Pierce Atwood co-hosted the 5th Annual Natural Gas Conference: Powering Maine’s Future at The Woodlands in Falmouth, Maine. The conference kicked off with Keynote Speaker Governor Paul LePage who discussed the state of the natural gas industry in Maine and its potential future. Later in the day, during the luncheon, Kurt Adams, President and CEO of Summit Utilities, Inc., delivered a keynote address.

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Thursday
Aug032017

Clients Recognize Verrill Dana for Best Client Service in BTI Power Rankings 2017 

Verrill Dana has been recognized for its unparalleled client relationships in the BTI Power Rankings 2017: The Law Firms with the Best Client Relationships in 18 Industries for the second year in a row. In the rankings, clients identified Verrill Dana as a Leading Core, Go-To Firm in Energy, positioning it in the top 5% of law firms within the global energy industry. The firm was also named to the Honor Roll of Recommended Firms in Utilities, ranking it in the top 10% of law firms in the world within the utilities industry.

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