Benji Borowski is a member of the firm's Energy & Telecommunications, Cleantech and Renewable Energy Law, and Climate Strategy groups working from the Portland office. He provides clients with effective solutions to complex energy problems and strategies to maximize energy opportunities. He blends sophisticated legal abilities with a comprehensive understanding of economics, engineering, and politics to help clients manage both the outsized energy implications of business and government decisions and business and environmental implications of energy decisions.
Benji has worked in the energy and climate sectors since 2011, providing guidance across a wide range markets, regulatory frameworks, energy sources, and technologies. Drawing on his experience with natural gas, hydro, and biomass at grid-scale power plants, as well as with AC and DC transmission, he has recently advised clients regarding conventional or distributed generation using onshore and offshore wind, solar, battery storage, renewable natural gas, and hydrogen electrolysis.
At the state level, Benji provides advice on legal and policy issues before regulatory bodies and legislatures in New England and beyond, including on beneficial electrification, net metering, long-term contracting and procurements, renewable energy certification, generator interconnection, cost allocation, certificates of public convenience and need, public utility regulation, and permitting. Benji also advises clients on energy issues during the development, purchase, sale, and financing of energy infrastructure, as well as drafting and negotiating commercial documents.
At the regional level, Benji regularly navigates the tariffs, market rules, and studies of RTOs, like ISO New England, to assist both consumers and generators on interconnection, market participation, and market re-formation. At the federal level, he advises generators and large manufacturers on aspects of FERC regulation, including interconnection, market-based rates, transmission, and rulemakings.
Benji often presents on energy topics and moderates expert panels. In 2020, he travelled to Denmark as part of foreign trade delegation led by Clean Energy New Hampshire to learn about the country's successful offshore wind industry and promote New Hampshire as a site for offshore wind supply chain development.
Benji enjoys being outdoors, playing sports and games, and DIY projects with power tools. He lives in Cumberland with his wife, Megan; their daughter, Adelaide; and their German Shepherd, Cleo.
- Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) - Board Member
Honors & Recognition
- Listed as a Super Lawyers "New England Rising Star" for seven consecutive years in the areas of Energy & Natural Resources, Utilities, Mergers & Acquisitions
Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers for Business in the area of Energy & Natural Resources in 2017-2020
Civic and Charitable Activities
- Leadership Maine, Upsilon Class, Maine Development Foundation
- Susan L. Curtis Foundation, pro bono legal services and Trustee, Board Development Committee