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Energy News Roundup: August 31-September 6

This week in regional energy news …


11 Verrill Dana Energy Group Attorneys Named in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers

Verrill Dana’s Energy Group is pleased to report that 11 members of the Group were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Best Lawyers lists the following attorneys from the Energy Group:

  • Juliet Browne – Energy Law; Environmental Law; Litigation -  Environmental; Natural Resources Law
  • Bill Harwood – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Energy Law
  • Scott Anderson – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation - Environmental
  • Kelly Boden – Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Tony Calcagni – Real Estate Law
  • Jim Cohen – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice
  • Mark Googins – Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Nora Healy – Administrative/Regulatory Law
  • Chris McLoon – Corporate Law; Tax Law
  • Karen Mignone – Environmental Law
  • Mike Saxl – Government Relations Practice

Notably, Bill Harwood, Co-Chair of the Group, has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Energy Law, and Mark Googins also received the same distinction in the field of Corporate Law.   


Energy News Roundup: July 27-August 2

This week in regional energy news …


Verrill Dana and Friedman Gaythwaite Wolf Merge


Deepwater Wind Wins Historic Competitive Lease Sale for Renewable Energy in Federal Waters

The U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), has announced that Deepwater Wind New England, LLC is the provisional winner of yesterday’s first-ever lease sale for offshore wind energy.  The lease sale involved the auction of two leases for wind energy development in a Wind Energy Area off the shores of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, totaling 164,750 acres.  The Wind Energy Area is divided into two sub-areas, the North Lease Area (approximately 97,500 acres) and the South Lease Area (approximately 67,250 acres).  The high bid was $3,838,288, with three bidders submitting bids in 11 rounds of bidding.

The Wind Energy Area has the potential to support 3,395 MW of wind generation and once developed could generate enough energy to power more than one million homes.

On the heels of the first auction, BOEM will hold a second competitive lease sale for offshore wind on September 4, 2013, in which BOEM will auction almost 112,800 acres off Virginia’s shores.  Additional auctions for Wind Energy Areas offshore Massachusetts, Maryland, and New Jersey are expected to be announced later this year and in 2014.


Energy News Roundup: July 20-July 26

This week in regional energy news …


PUC Portal Provides Information for Those Navigating State Utility and Energy Regulation

The Advanced Energy Economy Institute has launched a new website, the Public Utility Commission Portal.  The Portal is an online database that provides information regarding state public utility commissions and other official bodies responsible for utility and energy regulation in the 50 states.  The site also contains key energy data for each state and a tool that allows users to compare this data between states.

The Portal is intended to be a helpful tool for many users, including companies that do work across the United States that many not be able to keep pace with for example, changes in the key players that form energy policy in each state.

Earlier this year, the Institute (teaming with Colorado State University) also launched a website that contains a database of energy-related legislation pending in all 50 states.

The PUC Portal can be found here and the legislative database can be found here.