Energy - Natural Gas

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Overview

Verrill Dana’s Energy Group counsels clients in the development, permitting, construction and operation of intrastate and interstate natural gas projects. We are involved in all aspects of natural gas regulation, including certificate approvals, rate cases, cost of gas adjustments and gas procurement, accounting orders, siting, and gas safety, and our lawyers advise clients on Requests for Proposals (RFPs) issued by public bodies for construction of gas infrastructure. Our many years of experience before the Maine PUC and federal, state and local regulatory bodies allow us to navigate the regulatory, environmental and political realms and bring our clients’ natural gas projects to a successful conclusion.

The following are examples of natural gas matters handled by our Energy Group:

  • Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion in the Northeast - Since early 2014, our firm has successfully represented a large interstate pipeline company before the Maine PUC in advancing two significant new interstate pipeline expansion projects. The larger of the two projects was designed to provide a firm and reasonably priced source of fuel for natural gas-fired generators providing electricity to consumers in Maine and New England. The Maine PUC is charged with implementation of the Energy Cost Reduction Act, a 2013 law (in which the firm was actively involved) that authorizes the State to direct execution of a contract for new natural gas pipeline capacity. The so-called energy cost reduction contract, or ECRC, will provide financing for up to $75 million per year upon a finding that the contract’s benefits will outweigh its costs and that the contract is commercially reasonable and in the public interest.

    After more than two years of extensive litigation, the Maine PUC selected our client’s project in July 2016 as the best option for an ECRC, and directed Maine’s transmission and distribution utilities to negotiate and execute of a contract for capacity on this project. The ECRC, which will be conditioned on regional participation on the project, and will enable the development of additional pipeline capacity needed to increase the availability and supply of natural gas into New England.

    Verrill Dana has guided the project through every stage of this extensive MPUC litigation, including researching, drafting, discovery, witness examination, filing briefs, motions, and testimony, and developing a successful strategy.
  • Metromedia Refund – Verrill Dana represented a natural gas marketer in contested Public Utilities Commission proceedings in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts and succeeded in obtaining more than $700,000 for the client from a FERC-ordered refund.
  • Approval of Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline - Verrill Dana secured state and federal environmental approvals for Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C. to construct more than 200 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline facilities connecting New Brunswick to Massachusetts, as well as a subsequent expansion of those facilities.
  • Regulatory Approval for Summit Natural Gas of Maine - In early 2013, Verrill Dana secured regulatory approval for Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc. to become Maine’s fourth natural gas local distribution company (LDC). Verrill Dana has represented Summit in a wide range of matters before the Maine PUC.
  • Approval of Maine's First Private Natural Gas Pipeline - In 2011, Verrill Dana secured regulatory approval for the state’s first private natural gas pipeline, a direct connection off the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline serving Woodland Pulp LLC and now represents Woodland Pulp in connection with shared use of the pipeline with another industrial consumer.
  • Representation of Large Natural Gas Consumers - Our natural gas attorneys provide legal counsel to Bowdoin College and other larger consumers of gas.

Contacts

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    T: (207) 253-4702