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Thursday
Sep272018

Natural Gas: Focus on the Future

As the cold weather approaches and the topic of natural gas is top of mind, Verrill Dana and Pierce Atwood will be hosting their 6th Annual Natural Gas Conference: Focus on the Future on Thursday, October 18 at The Woodlands Club in Falmouth, Maine.

The all-day event will be led by attorney William Harwood and feature keynote speaker Mark Vannoy, Chair of Maine Public Utilities Commission, followed by a video address by United States Senator Angus King and lunch speaker Portland Press Herald’s Reporter Tux Turkel. Panelists will cover topics of:

  • Power Generation in the Northeast
    Featuring Verrill Dana attorney Jim Cohen
  • Pipeline Expansion: Challenges and Opportunities
  • LNG: Imports and Exports - Why Not Interstate?
  • Forward - Thinking Solutions

For more details on the event and the full agenda, visit Verrill Dana’s website here.

 

Tuesday
Jul032018

Verrill Dana Utilities Attorneys Publish Book on Maine Regulation of Public Utilities, the Only Book of Its Kind in Maine

Verrill Dana’s Utilities Group has released the second edition of Maine Regulation of Public Utilities, the only treatise on the subject of public utility regulation in Maine.

At more than 200 pages and with nearly 1,200 footnotes, the well-researched book provides a comprehensive look into public utilities regulation in Maine, from adjudicatory and rulemaking processes to review of utility mergers and acquisitions, and from state and federal regulation to opening utility industries to competition.

“This new edition reflects most of the significant changes in Maine utility law since we published the first edition of the book in 2008,” said William Harwood, Chair of Verrill Dana’s Utilities and Energy Group. “The book, which draws heavily on the group’s more than 100 years of collective experience, aims to provide a complete picture of utility regulation in Maine today and how it has dramatically evolved.”

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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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