Biography

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.

Professional Activities

  • 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

Firm Highlights

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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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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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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...

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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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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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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...

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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...

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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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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...