Energy & Telecommunications

Offshore & Onshore Wind Power

Offshore and onshore wind projects are large and complex undertakings. From conception, to development, to full implementation, progress is dependent on implementing an approach that makes a client’s project inevitable. This strategy requires anticipation of key issues in permitting, skilled public relations, and vigorous prosecution of winning arguments. With every project, we stay focused on effective strategies that minimize controversy and risks, diminish costs, and increase inevitability.

Unparalleled Development Success in New England

Preti Flaherty has been at the forefront of a number pivotal offshore and onshore wind projects in New England. We had the unique experience of being the regulatory counsel to the only existing offshore wind power project pending in Maine—Maine Aqua Ventus—the first floating offshore project in New England to be awarded a term sheet by a governmental authority. 

Beyond Maine, Preti Flaherty has been instrumental in a number of wind power development projects. For example, our Energy lawyers negotiated a Joint Development Agreement between Deepwater Wind Rhode Island, LLC, the Office of Energy Resources, and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (on behalf of the Rhode Island Governor and Commissioner of Energy) that advanced the 30 MW pilot wind power project, which could be followed by a 110 MW expansion, off the coast of Rhode Island. In addition, we have represented Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Inc. (RES Americas) in identifying and assessing the feasibility of large-scale wind projects in the northeast United States and in Maritimes Canada.

The firm’s deep experience with renewable energy projects, including hydro (river as well as pump storage), tidal, biomass, waste-to-energy, geothermal, fuel cells, and solar (both passive and active), compliments our ability to provide counsel for offshore and onshore wind power projects.

Government Affairs Acumen

Preti Flaherty's energy and environmental attorneys have been immersed in the establishment of the legislative and regulatory paradigms governing the development of renewable power projects since the 1990s and continue to be immersed in the area from both a project development and legislative/regulatory development perspective.

Our lawyers and lobbyists have been involved in every significant piece of renewable energy legislation in New England, whether defending Renewable Portfolio Standards, promoting local and community net metering projects, lobbying on governmental renewable power procurement programs, or promoting energy infrastructure development. In fact, before the successful Aqua Ventus project was before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, Preti Flaherty's Energy lawyers were involved in crafting a key compromise facilitating passage of Maine’s original Ocean Energy Act, which paved the way for development of Maine’s offshore wind assets. 

Our offshore and onshore wind power and renewables related services include:

  • Responses to Governmental/Utility RFPs
    • Pre-RFP issuance and lobbying services
    • Assistance with RFP response preparation and submission
    • Term Sheet, PPA, and other commercial negotiations, strategy, and drafting
  • Environmental Permitting
    • Clean Water Act §404 Permits (dredge and fill)
    • State permits
    • Rivers and Harbors Act
    • Local permits (as applicable to land-side development)
  • CZMA Consistency Determinations
  • Real Estate/Land Use
    • BOEM leasing/approvals
    • Acquisition (purchase, lease, and options)
    • Rezoning and state/local permitting
    • Conservation easements
    • Submerged lands leases
  • Linear Projects
    • Transmission lines, pipelines, and roads
  • Interconnection Agreements
  • Regional Grid Operator ISO-New England
    • Participation in and compliance with markets run by ISO-NE
  • Federal Licensing and Permitting
    • Approval to make wholesale energy sales, including Market Based Rate Authority
    • Presidential Permits (where applicable)
  • Power Purchase Agreements and Long Term Contracting
    • Numerous representations in connection with the negotiation of PPAs
  • Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)
    • REC Certifications in northeastern U.S. jurisdictions
    • REC Sales Contract review and negotiation
    • REC compliance and reporting assistance and advice
  • Project Financing
    • Due Diligence
    • Commercial
    • Public and Private
    • Debt and Equity
    • Tax Increment Financing
    • State economic development program opportunities
  • Federal Grants and Loan Guaranties

Firm Highlights

Publication

USCIS Announces H-1B Registration Period for FY2025: New “Beneficiary Centric” Registration Process and Increased Fees

USCIS has recently announced a series of changes that will impact the FY2025 H-1B registration system and cap filing season. H-1B Registration Period and Organizational Accounts As in prior years, under this process, prospective petitioners...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2024 “Maine Firm of the Year"

Benchmark Litigation  has named Preti Flaherty as 2024 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. Through extensive peer- and- client reviewed research, as well as analysis of casework; the Benchmark Awards...

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Attorney Jeffrey Thaler Named to 2024 Lawdragon Green 500: Leaders in Energy Law

Preti Flaherty’s attorney Jeffrey Thaler has been recognized by  Lawdragon  as one of the top 500 Leaders in Energy Law. This is Jeff’s third time named to this prestigious list since the first publication...

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Preti Attorneys File Suit Against Al-Generated Robocalls in the 2024 NH Presidential Primary

Representing the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire, the League of Women Voters of the United States, and individual voters, Preti Flaherty, with co-counsel, filed a federal lawsuit against Steve Kramer, Lingo Telecom...

Event

Good Energy: Jazz, Cocktails, and Camaraderie

Preti Flaherty and Phelps Dunbar will be hosting an afterhours event: ‘Good Energy: Jazz, Cocktails, and Camaraderie’ at The Oceantic Network’s annual IPF Offshore Wind Conference. The event will be held on April 23...

Event

Building a Strong Discipline and Performance Management Framework

As an HR professional, hiring the right talent, addressing employee needs, and managing terminations are just a few of the most challenging problems that arise. During this year's three-part Employment Breakfast Webinar Series, we'll...

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When to Say Goodbye: Navigating Leave and Terminations

As an HR professional, hiring the right talent, addressing employee needs, and managing terminations are just a few of the most challenging problems that arise. During this year's three-part Employment Breakfast Webinar Series, we'll...

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Failure to Follow Your Contract's Notice Requirements Can be Costly

In Kinetic Systems, Inc. v. IPS-Integrated Projects Services, LLC et. al., No.: 20-cv-1125 (D.N.H. February 6, 2024), the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire granted summary judgment for a general contractor...

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Important Updates to American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Rules and Mediation Procedures

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) updated its Construction Industry Rules and Mediation procedures (AAA Rules), effective March 1, 2024, marking the first update since 2015. The updates are important because the AAA Rules are...

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Helping Employers Navigate the New Independent Contractor Rule and Compliance Challenges

On March 11 th , the United States Department of Labor’s (DOL) new Independent Contractor Rule goes into effect.  As your organization readies itself for compliance, it’s imperative to scrutinize your independent contractor classifications...