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Entries in Conferences (9)


Natural Gas Conference, Featuring Maine Gov. Paul LePage, to Be Held in Portland on October 10

On October 10, Verrill Dana, LLP and Pierce Atwood, LLP will co-host “Natural Gas: The Best Path Forward for Maine?” at the Doubletree by Hilton in Portland, Me.  The conference will feature Gov. Paul R. LePage as luncheon speaker and Maine PUC Chairman Thomas Welch as opening keynote speaker.  Panels will feature regional industry leaders from the regulatory, supply, LDC, generator, and commercial and industrial customer worlds discussing perspectives on topics ranging from natural gas service RFPs to LNG/CNG to natural gas supply issues in New England.  A cocktail reception will follow.

For more information, or to register, visit


Conference on MPUC Regulation of Utilities

On Friday, December 14, 2012, at the Senator Inn in Augusta, HalfMoon Education will present a one-day conference entitled: “Public Utilities Regulation: The Best Path Forward.”  The conference will cover many of the important regulatory issues facing Maine’s electric and telecommunications industries, including rate setting, affiliate reorganizations and transactions, and MPUC procedure.

The conference is chaired by Joe Donahue of Preti Flaherty and Bill Harwood of Verrill Dana. It includes a key note address by MPUC Chair Tom Welch and speeches by the outgoing House and Senate Chairs of the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.  Verrill Dana attorneys, Jim Cohen and Nora Healy, will be two of several panelists.  Panelists will include industry representatives, in-house counsel, external counsel and a representative from the Office of the Public Advocate.  MPUC staff will moderate discussions and provide key insight. 

For further information, please contact HalfMoon Education at 715-835-5900.


Verrill Dana to Co-host Massachusetts Offshore Renewable Energy Conference

The Marine & Oceanographic Technology Network, the New England Marine Renewable Energy Center, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the Marine Technology Society, and Verrill Dana, LLP invite you to attend In the Water and Running: Massachusetts’ Renewable Energy Innovation Zone. 

In October 2010, Federal, Massachusetts and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth officials announced plans to develop a 300 square-mile marine renewable energy technology test bed in ocean waters just south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  Known as the National Offshore Renewable Energy Innovation Zone (NOREIZ), the site will provide a variety of platforms for companies to test and develop marine-related technology designed to capture energy from ocean wind, waves, tides, and current.  State and UMass Dartmouth have joined forces on an application for federal approval to develop NOREIZ.  The only other test bed of this kind is located in Scotland.  The Massachusetts application for federal approval is expected to be the first of its kind.

The conference, at the Massachusetts Marine Academy (101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts), will occur on January 27.  Registration begins at 3:30, the program is 4:00-5:30 p.m., and dinner follows.  Registration without dinner is $15; with dinner, the fee is $25.

For details on this conference, please visit the registration site.  To RSVP, contact Gretchen Johnson by January 21 via email or by calling 207.253.4784.


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Energy Experts Discuss Cooperation and the Way Forward for Renewables in the Region

The future for renewable energy in the Northeast was under a microscope at the 50th annual Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Governments, in Portland, Maine.

In a Monday afternoon session, a panel of experts including the President and CEO of ISO New England, Gordon van Welie, discussed the direction of state and federal policy on renewables.  The panelists encouraged states to coordinate and innovate in order to continue promoting renewable energy development in the Northeast and to support transmission capacity to carry the energy to demand centers.

There has been $4 billion of transmission investment in New England since 2002, with another $5 billion on the horizon, van Welie reported.  As a result, the U.S. Department of Energy recently removed New England from its list of “Congestion Areas of Concern.”

Maine is the region’s leader in renewables, with around 40% of New England’s queued-up renewable energy projects located here; the bulk of investment (over 80%) is in wind.  Because high-wind areas do not overlap with high-demand areas, “you’ve got to connect these two areas in order to make [wind] viable,” van Welie said.  To that end, in October 2010, ISO-NE will release its Wind Integration Study (PDF), which will include recommended technical interconnection requirements and a plan for integrating wind into the regional grid.

A significant challenge is that there is no agreement as to how to pay for transmission for renewable energy.  Van Welie suggested that the New England states could come up with a coordinated competitive procurement process, which would resolve any regional transmission cost allocation issues.  “This is doable as a region,” van Welie said.  But “because of the scale involved, we have to position the region for the long term.”

The panel also included Habib Dagher, Director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Laboratory at the University of Maine; David Littell, DEP Commissioner and presumptive PUC Commissioner; and Paul Hibbard, Vice President of Analysis Group, Inc. and former Chair of the Massachusetts DPU.  Maine Senate Majority Leader Phil Bartlett moderated the panel.

All of the panelists agreed on the need for the New England states to coordinate with respect to transmission planning and procurement.

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Verrill Dana and EBC to Host Congressional Candidate’s Talk on Ocean Management and Renewable Energy

On Wednesday, August 4, Massachusetts Senator and Tenth Congressional District candidate Robert O’Leary will speak at the Environmental Business Council’s latest meeting on environment policy.  Senator O’Leary will discuss ocean management policy, renewable energy, and other state and national environmental issues. 

Senator O’Leary is the vice chair of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight and a member of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture.  In recent years, Senator O’Leary has made a mark in ocean management.  In 2008, he sponsored the landmark Massachusetts Ocean Act.  He is currently a leader in the effort to implement a national ocean management policy. 

All other candidates for the Tenth District seat have been invited to attend this event.

Verrill Dana Energy Group attorney Harlan Doliner is the chair of EBC’s Government Affairs Committee.  The August 4 meeting, at Verrill Dana’s Boston office at 9:00-10:45 a.m., is open to EBC members and their guests.  Please register in advance by contacting Megan Curtis-Murphy by email or at 617.505.1818.