McLane has been providing legal services to energy clients for more than 80 years. Our attorneys have a wide range of skills and experience relevant to the energy industry. We address our clients’ needs using an inter-disciplinary approach across a spectrum of areas including utility regulation, energy facility siting and permitting, corporate and transactional work, project finance, contracting and construction, environmental compliance, and administrative litigation before various State agencies.
McLane has extensive experience representing industry participants, particularly electric utilities and generators. Our work has included base rate cases and all other aspects of the utility regulatory process; power purchase agreements; acquisition of generation facilities; transmission and supply matters; electric industry deregulation and related competitive supply issues; municipalization of retail electric assets; and appellate matters.
We have represented regulated local gas distribution utilities, merchant generators and interstate natural gas pipeline companies. Matters that we have worked on include the full scope of gas utility regulatory proceedings, such as base rate cases, cost of gas proceedings, financings; integrated resource planning and energy efficiency program proceedings; mergers and acquisitions; gas industry restructuring; and siting and eminent domain proceedings for interstate pipelines.
We represent New Hampshire’s only district steam utility, for which we have handled base rate proceedings, cost of energy proceedings, special contract matters, financings, and other matters. We have also represented the utility and an unregulated affiliate with regard to financing and contracting issues relating to development of a wood-fired electric generation project designed to also provide the utility’s steam requirements.
Energy Project Siting
McLane is a leading New England law firm in matters pertaining to the siting of energy facilities and infrastructure, including assisting clients in proceedings before the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), as well as local permitting and land use approvals for smaller projects. Representative projects includes:
- All siting and permitting work before the SEC regarding the redevelopment of a former paper mill site in Berlin, New Hampshire into a new 75 megawatt biomass power plant.
- Siting and permitting work before the SEC associated with a new 720 megawatt gas-fired, cogeneration power plant in Londonderry, New Hampshire.
- Assisted a major electric utility in a proceeding to oppose a group of entities seeking to have the SEC assert jurisdiction over the addition of a flue gas desulfurization system at a coal-fired power plant.
- All siting and permitting work before the SEC in connection with the expansion of a 17-mile interstate gas transmission pipeline from Dracut, Massachusetts to Manchester, New Hampshire.
- Transfer of an SEC certificate due to a change in ownership of the 520 megawatt gas-fired, cogeneration power plant in Newington, New Hampshire.
- Obtaining an exemption from the SEC process regarding the creation of additional capacity at a propane storage facility.
- Representing a municipality in connection with the proposed alteration of a 16 megawatt wood-fired power plant that sought authority to combust construction and demolition debris.
Practice Group Members
- Steven V. Camerino: Steve has 30 years of experience representing utilities throughout the Northeast, with particular focus on regulatory issues facing gas, electric, and water utilities. He is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
- Barry Needleman: Barry has extensive experience with energy project development, proceedings before the NH Site Evaluation Committee, and environmental matters affecting energy clients. He’s admitted to practice in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.
- Gregory H. Smith: Greg, a former New Hampshire Attorney General, has extensive experience in all aspects of environmental siting and compliance for energy generation and transmission companies. He is admitted to practice in New Hampshire.
- Carol J. Holahan: Carol’s handles a wide-range of regulatory proceedings before state regulatory bodies in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
- Patrick H. Taylor: Patrick regularly represents gas, electric, water, and steam companies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts regulatory proceedings. He also assists clients with energy project siting matters, and has litigated matters for energy and utility companies in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York.
- Jinjue Pak Allen: Jinjue has experience with NHPUC regulatory and compliance matters affecting electric and water companies. She is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York.
Related Practice Areas
Representative Energy Clients
National Grid; Public Service Company of New Hampshire, Northeast Utilities, Cate Street Capital, Inc.; Trustees of Dartmouth College; Great Bay Power Corporation and its holding company, BayCorp Holdings, Ltd.; Ashland Electric Department; Pennichuck Corporation; Hanover Water Works; Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company; Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp.; Concord Steam Corporation; and AES Corporation.
Barry Needleman was featured in “Siting for Success – Using a Trial Based Approach to Improve a Project’s Chances Before State Siting Boards” featured in Public Utilities Fortnightly in February, 2013.