Representative Matters

  • Advised a private equity firm on energy market and regulatory structure reforms during the potential acquisition and re-development of several large power plants in the Northeast.
  • Guided ski resorts through RFP processes to obtain grants from the Efficiency Maine Trust for the development of efficiency projects that reduce electricity use and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Obtained renewable power certifications at proceedings before the Maine PUC under the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard.
  • Successfully combined legal, political and media strategies to defeat a proposed utility rate design, including a standby charge, that would have harmed a coalition of industrial, commercial, and residential electricity consumers that also produce electricity using renewable and efficient energy sources.
  • Lobbied for the landmark 2013 Omnibus Energy Bill provided testimony to the Maine Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee on technical issues related to life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with natural gas.
  • Advised a joint venture of two private equity firms on the acquisition of a pulp, paper, and lumber mill, including due diligence regarding environmental and energy permitting and compliance and negotiation and drafting of the purchase and sale agreement.
  • Defended developers, who intended to rehabilitate a historic small dam and mill property and generate electricity using micro hydro, from the imposition of a water level by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection which would have threatened the dam and mill.
  • Participated in the successful appeal of a PUC decision to the Maine Law Court, preventing the virtual "re-integration" of utilities with generation in Maine.
  • Assisted in the representation of an offshore wind project in obtaining a long-term contract before the Maine PUC and in the related application for funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Assisted various clients with compliance requirements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission related to obtaining Market Based Rate Authorization and making wholesale sales of power.
  • Performed extensive due diligence in the acquisition of thousands of megawatts of hydropower in the Northeast related to FERC hydropower licensing.

Firm Highlights

News

46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2022, Including 3 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2022, including four “Ones to Watch” and three “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...

Publication

Understanding the New COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

Many Maine healthcare facilities were already in the process of evaluating, drafting, and implementing mandatory vaccine policies when the Maine Department of Heath and Human Services issued an Emergency Routine Technical Rule on the...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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Attorney Joseph Donahue Selected by Peers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers in America 2022

Preti Flaherty attorney Joseph Donahue has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2022 as the “Lawyer of the Year” for the Augusta region in the field of Administrative/Regulatory Law. Inclusion in Best Lawyers...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Cameron Ferrante, Paola Maymi, and Anne Sedlack to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of three new members to the firm: Cameron A. Ferrante, Paola A. Maymi, and Anne E. Sedlack. Cameron Ferrante is a graduate of Northeastern University School...

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Attorney Daniel Rapaport Selected by Peers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers in America 2022

Preti Flaherty attorney Daniel Rapaport has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2022 as the “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in...

Publication

What to do When a Lender Receives a Notice from the Municipality that Mortgaged Property is Going to be Condemned or is in Violation of the Building Code?

Occasionally, a lender will be served a notice from a municipality alerting the lender that a mortgaged property has had unpermitted construction projects, or otherwise violates the municipal building code. The Maine Uniform Building...

Publication

New Maine Law Limits Employers’ Ability to Request Applicant Criminal History Information

Last month Governor Mills signed into law LD 1167, “An Act Relating to Fair Chance in Employment.” Maine joins a growing number of states in adopting a “ban-the-box” law that restricts employers’ ability to...

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The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...

Press Coverage

The Maine Monitor Sues York County for Jail Call Records

On August 2, The Maine Monitor filed a lawsuit against York County, challenging the County's denial of reporter access to public records that may detail times it has recorded confidential conversations between defendants being held at the...