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

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Maine Becomes Seventh State to Enact Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)

Maine is now the latest state to enact the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)—following New Jersey, Oregon (substantially similar), Utah, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington. UPEPA aims to provide a clear framework for the...

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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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Maine Legislature (Again) Changes Process for Selling Tax-Acquired Properties (LD 2262)

On April 16, 2024, the Governor signed LD 2262, “An Act to Amend the Process for the Sale of Foreclosed Properties Due to Nonpayment of Taxes.”  In June 2023, in response to the United...

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Maine Municipal Legislative Update

The second regular session of the 131st Maine Legislature has been particularly impactful for Maine’s municipalities, with further shrinking of home rule authority, new and onerous procedures for property tax sales, and many other...

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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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Understanding the Impact of the FTC’s New Noncompete Ban on Your Construction Business

A few weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) attracted considerable media coverage when it issued its final rule banning noncompete agreements for workers in most circumstances and making existing noncompetes for the vast...

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Last days of 131st legislature

The Legislature will reconvene on Friday, May 10 th to take action on the six vetoes issued by the Governor since the Legislature adjourned on April 14 th . The vetoes and related messages...

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Greg Hansel Named Top 25 Attorney of the Northeast Region by Attorney Intel

Preti Flaherty attorney Greg Hansel has been named one of the Top 25 Attorneys of the Northeast Region for 2024 by Attorney Intel . This year’s class of attorneys has been recognized for excelling...

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Veto Day and Final Day of the 131st Legislature

The Legislature convened on Friday, May 10 th for Veto Day to take action on the six bills objected to by the Governor. As expected, all six vetoes were sustained by lawmakers allowing  Governor...

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Preti’s Sig Schutz Recognized as Member of NHPR’s Pulitzer-Finalist Team

Preti First Amendment attorney Sig Schutz has been recognized as “a core member of the [NHPR] team” involved in a podcast honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the audio journalism category.  The podcast...