Devine Millimet represents the interests of the energy industry in New England and throughout the country. Let us apply our broad experience and understanding of the regulatory and administrative law in the rapidly evolving compliance landscape to help your business.
Our client list includes major energy companies and the developers of energy technologies, investor-owned utilities, municipalities, cooperatives, generators, pipelines, competitive providers, and industrial and commercial customers regularly obtain our assistance in sophisticated business transactions, in regulatory matters, and in the deployment of network infrastructure.
The Energy team includes lawyers with extensive experience in various areas of the law as well as government relations professionals. For example, Dana Bisbee has over 30 years’ experience in environmental and regulatory law, and has previously served as Assistant Commissioner and then Acting Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES). Nicholas Holmes has represented power generators, energy suppliers, and other industry participants in a large number of matters.
In addition, Devine Millimet attorneys have extensive experience with investor-owned and municipal water and sewer utilities.
Energy providers and energy users in New Hampshire and New England continue to face a volatile marketplace and a complex regulatory environment. In addition to advising our clients on how to comply with existing regulations, we work with state and federal agencies to develop new regulations or to revise or eliminate existing regulations pertaining to the energy industry. We also advise clients on obtaining state and federal permits and operating authority nationwide, as well as issues that include but are not limited to rate making, land use, eminent domain, renewable energy, transmission routing, environmental impact, emergency preparedness and security. We represent our clients before FERC, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and various state public utility commissions across the country in all areas of administrative law.
We advise our clients on the planning, siting, construction and operation of energy facilities, including electric generation and transmission facilities and wind farms. Our firm has extensive experience in working with the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) to obtain approvals for major utility projects. Our experience also extends to environmental issues, such as wetlands approvals and resolution of potential impacts on historic properties.
Mergers, Acquisitions & Business Formation
We have advised a number of clients, large and small, regarding establishing an energy business, as well as mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and other transactions subject to state transfer of control statutes and the Federal Power Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA) and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).
When our clients have concerns that current regulations do not address, we can develop proposed legislation and work with state and federal legislators to develop solutions at an industry level.
Litigation involving energy companies is often based on esoteric and highly technical aspects of power generation, transmission and distribution. Our attorneys not only have an excellent grasp of the legal issues, but they also understand energy company operations at a business level, allowing them to provide highly comprehensive and knowledgeable representation in both state and federal court, at the trial and appellate level. Litigation involving water and sewer utilities tends to involve localized concerns of small groups; Devine Millimet lawyers and community relations professionals are adept at solving these problems at the community level.