Energy - Electric Transmission & Distribution


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Verrill Dana’s Energy Group counsels both regulated and unregulated entities in the development, permitting, construction and operation of electric transmission and distribution lines. We have successfully obtained Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Maine PUC, federal and regional interconnection approvals, and federal, state and local land use permits for the construction and operation of new electric lines. Our lawyers negotiate and obtain real estate interests necessary for transmission projects, provide stakeholder management services to minimize conflict and maximize support for projects, and resolve financing and tax issues. We utilize a highly successful interdisciplinary approach to ensure that the project is brought on line consistent with each client’s unique business objectives.

The following are examples of electric transmission and distribution matters handled by our Energy Group:

  • Generator Lead Lines – Verrill Dana has permitted more than 175 miles of 115 kV electric transmission lines for renewable energy facilities in Maine.
  • Bangor Hydro: Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - In 2009 Verrill Dana obtained a Maine PUC CPCN for Bangor Hydro Electric Company, authorizing Bangor Hydro to construct, own and operate a new 115 kV electric transmission line in Washington County, Maine known as the Downeast Reliability Project.
  • Northeast Reliability Interconnect - In 2005, Verrill Dana obtained a Maine PUC CPCN and Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers environmental approvals for the construction and operation of the Northeast Reliability Interconnect (NRI), a 345 kV electric transmission line extending from Orrington, Maine to the St. Croix River in Baileyville, on the U.S. – Canada border. The NRI links the electrical systems of New England with the Canadian Maritimes Provinces.
  • Reclassifying as a FERC-Jurisdictional Transmission Line - In 2010, Madison Electric Works (MEW), an electric utility serving Madison, Maine, explored reclassifying its 115 kV power line as a FERC-jurisdictional transmission line. We advised MEW as to the steps necessary to obtain FERC-jurisdictional status, and researched the regulatory regime under which MEW would find itself were the reclassification to succeed.
  • Emera Maine: Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - In 2014 and 2015, Verrill Dana represented Emera Maine before the PUC in its request for a CPCN for Emera’s proposed 138 kV transmission line, which proposed a new interconnection between the Northern Maine electric system and the New Brunswick, Canada system.


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