The Preti Flaherty Energy Practice has more than 150 years collectively, of experience in the law and regulation of energy resources, public utilities, wholesale power market design, retail deregulation, renewable energy development, energy conservation and demand response.

Operation of Wholesale Power Markets
Preti Flaherty has represented clients in each of the "organized" wholesale power markets in the United States. This work involves rule making before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and implementation of FERC rules at the RTO and market levels. Our Group participated in establishing the mechanics of the markets including ISO New England, PJM, Southeast Power Pool and MISO.

Attorneys Anthony Buxton and Donald Sipe serve as members of the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) Participants Committee. Sipe also served as Vice Chair of NEPOOL for several terms.

Development and Acquisition of Energy Projects
Preti attorneys specialize in turning undervalued existing resources into energy assets. For example, we have identified power generation opportunities for large manufacturers including renewables, waste or natural gas projects. We have assisted clients in the development of thousands of megawatts of electric generation projects such as:

  • biomass plants (20 MW to 50 MW)
  • multi-fuel (coal, TDF & biomass up to 100 MW)
  • gas (up to 650 MW)
  • hydro (.5 MW to 40 MW)
  • solar installations of 2 to 80 MW each
  • offshore and onshore wind (4.5 MW to 250 MW)

The Preti team has also secured permits for these projects at the federal, state and local levels. Once projects are built and operating, Preti's Energy and Environmental attorneys have provided clients advice and counsel on all aspects of project operations, contract enforcement and compliance with market, reliability and environmental rules.

Retail Energy Markets
Procurement of energy resources and services at the retail level is increasingly complex but provides opportunities for savings and profits. Preti attorneys have enabled electric consumers to undertake appropriately compensated demand response and remunerative on-site renewable and distributed generation.

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...


Tony Manhart and Jason Howe Present Top Ten Construction Contract Tips for ABC of Maine

As part of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine Contractor Series, Preti Flaherty attorneys Tony Manhart and Jason Howe will present the Top Ten tips for AIA contracts. ABC is a national association with 72...


Maine WC Appellate Division Addresses Refusal of Suitable Work and Notice

The Maine Workers' Compensation Appellate Division recently addressed cases dealing with refusal of suitable work and notice. Both decisions rely heavily on the specific facts of each case. In the context of a refusal...


Bankruptcy Alert: Significant Implications of the New Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) On August 23, 2019, President Trump signed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) (the “SBRA”) into law.  Lenders should be aware of the...


Maine WC Alert: MAE Unit Publishes Guidance on Compliance with Recent Amendments

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s Monitoring, Audit & Enforcement Unit has issued a document to provide guidance on complying with certain recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act in P.L. 2019, c. 344 (LD...


Ken Rubinstein to Present at Boston Bar Association Brown Bag Lunch

2019 AIA A133 CM at Risk with a Guaranteed Maximum Price – Updates You Should Be Aware Of Ken Rubinstein will present an update on the provisions and implications of the new AIA form...


David B. Van Slyke Named Preti Flaherty Managing Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that, in a unanimous vote, the firm’s partnership has elected attorney David B. Van Slyke as its incoming Managing Partner. David is one of the preeminent environmental lawyers...


Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...


Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...


Maine WC Alert: Updated Version of Notice of Controversy (WCB-9) Must Be Used Effective February 1, 2020

Following the recent statutory changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated the language in Box 22 of the Notice of Controversy. This new version should be used as...