NERC Compliance

In addition to his general energy practice, William has extensive experience with North American Electric Reliability Corporation ("NERC") and compliance with NERC reliability standards and their enforcement by NERC and FERC. William’s NERC experience dates back to and before the certification of NERC as the Electric Reliability Organization ("ERO") by FERC pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

William was nominated and selected by NERC and served on the Post Legislation Steering Committee, Members Task Group and the Compliance Penalties and Sanctions Task Group. These Tasks Groups were tasked with developing the FERC filing to have NERC certified as the ERO.

After the certification of NERC, William has served on several NERC Regional committees in seven of the eight NERC Regions. Of note, he served on the Critical Infrastructure Protection ("CIP") committee in ReliabilityFirst. There he helped develop CIP procedures, guidelines and standards for protecting transmission and generator infrastructure.

William has also implemented NERC compliance programs for both large and small companies. He also initiated and managed appeals of registration by NERC. He has appealed before WECC, NERC and FERC; and obtained successful outcomes.

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Attorney Crystal L. Bulges Joins Preti Flaherty’s Environmental Practice Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Crystal L. Bulges has joined the firm’s Environmental Practice Group, working in the Portland office. Crystal brings to the firm more than 20 years of experience...

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From Maine to Kushan: Teaching the U.S. Legal System in China

Preti Flaherty attorney Jeff Thaler was recently the subject of an essay written by one of his former students at Duke Kushan University (DKU). In 2019, Jeff spent time at DKU serving as a...

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H-2B Temporary Visas: Additional 35,000 Coming in Second Half of FY 2022

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas...

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Preti Flaherty Files Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

Preti Flaherty attorneys Greg Hansel, Shana Solomon, Ellie Quinby, and Katherine Oaks filed a human trafficking and forced labor lawsuit against the Church of Scientology on behalf of three plaintiffs claiming decades of forced...

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More Reminders of the Shortcomings of Maine’s Freedom of Access Law

As part of an editorial marking Sunshine Week , the annual celebration started by the American Society of News Editors to recognize the importance of open government, Preti Flaherty attorney Sig Schutz is quoted by the  Bangor...

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Preti Flaherty Attorney Tim Bryant Selected by Franchise Times as “Legal Eagle”

For the fourteenth consecutive year, Preti Flaherty attorney Tim Bryant has been recognized as a Franchise Times magazine “Legal Eagle.” Nominated by their peers, franchise attorneys chosen for this honor are considered among the...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2022 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2022 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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35,000 Additional H-2B Visas Now Available for the Second Half of Fiscal Year

On May 18, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a temporary rule authorizing the issuance of additional 35,000 H-2B visas for the second half of Fiscal...

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Changes Affecting Employment Authorization for L-2, E, and H-4 Dependent Spouses

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced that L-2 and E dependent spouses are no longer required to apply for an EAD to work in the United States. Instead, L-2 and E dependent spouses are...