The Regulatory, Energy and Telecommunications practice of Pullman & Comley offers a wide range of legal services to assist clients in responding to the opportunities and requirements of the energy, utility and telecommunications markets throughout the New England region and the country. This practice incorporates the firm’s extensive transactional and regulatory experience in:
- Electricity and power markets
- Power plant development and financing
- Energy procurement, conservation and demand-side management
- Natural gas markets
- Emerging alternative energy and biofuels
- Water utilities and water treatment
- District steam heating and chilled water
- Wireless and wireline telecommunications
Our attorneys deliver practical, focused results for our clients. We deal with every aspect of energy, utility and telecommunications practice, including real estate, leasing, regulatory proceedings, rate setting, siting and land use, interconnection, environmental law, taxation, business, project and operational finance and litigation.
Attorneys in this practice have extensive experience before federal and state agencies, including: the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Connecticut Energy Advisory Board, Connecticut Siting Council, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunication and Cable, as well as similar agencies around the country.
Our attorneys also have extensive experience before state siting councils and regularly practice before local zoning, wetlands and land use agencies with respect to the siting of electric generating facilities, telecommunications towers and antennas, water treatment facilities, fuel pipelines, transmission lines and substations as those agencies balance the impacts and public benefits of various projects.
Our attorneys have experience in the cutting-edge issues facing the energy and utility sectors, such as competitive energy pricing and procurement, power plant development, energy contracts, licensing of competitive suppliers, renewable energy, distributed generation, project financing, conservation and load management, metering and transmission enhancements and biofuels. In addition, our attorneys have a wide range of experience in matters that are ancillary to energy and utility matters, such as environmental permitting and compliance, taxation, property valuation, antitrust matters, contractual issues, mergers and acquisitions of utility companies, and unfair trade practice statutes.
- Representation of utilities before FERC and state regulators throughout the Northeast in rate matters, restructuring, market access and resource portfolio requirements
- Representation of various power plant developers in regulatory proceedings, permitting and transactional matters
- Representation of independent electric generation plants for siting approvals
- Representation of electric generation plants for development and construction financing
- Representation of lenders in connection with project financing for fossil-fueled power projects
- Representation of licensed national and regional wireline and wireless telecommunications providers and national wireless infrastructure developers in procurement of siting and regulatory approvals
- Representation of national telecommunications providers and national infrastructure developers in lease review and procurement
- Representation of licensed national and regional wireline telecommunications providers in state regulatory proceedings and proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission
- Representation of licensed national and regional wireline telecommunications providers in negotiations of interconnection agreements and facility and equipment leasing
- Representation of utilities in rate proceedings before state regulators
- Representation of utilities on customer-related issues
- Representation of parties involved in disputes associated with water companies' water allocation rights
- Representation of biomass gasification plant in obtaining regulatory approvals
- Representation of state finance authority in refinancing of stranded costs through rate reduction bonds as well as bonds to protect the state's conservation and renewable energy programs
- Representation of landfill gas project, including assistance with environmental and regulatory approvals; financing, and obtaining grants for construction
- Representation of Qualifying Facilities in disputes concerning ownership of renewable energy credits
- Representation of television network before regulatory agency in connection with cable company franchise rates and agreements
- Representation of wood energy project before regulatory agencies and in state court appeals
- Representation of hydroelectric projects before regulatory agencies and in construction contract negotiations and disputes
- Representation of resources recovery authority in negotiation of energy contract, regulatory approval and state and federal litigation
- Representation of private power producer in connection with the buy out of an energy contract
- Representation of a cogeneration equipment vendor in arbitration and state court litigation concerning construction dispute
- Representation of municipalities and other groups regarding siting of transmission lines
- Representation of a municipal utility in resource acquisition, wholesale power contracts and power plant development
- Representation of electric generators in negotiating tax agreement with municipalities
- Representation of large consumers in the competitive procurement and negotiation of contracts to meet their energy needs and for demand-side management and conservation measures
- Representation of parties in power contract disputes
- Representation of local exchange carriers and end-users before state utility commissions and the Federal Communications Commission
- Representation of manufacturers, service companies, financing authorities and end-users in alternative energy projects
- Representation of wind generation developer before the Connecticut Siting Council
- Representation of buyers in conducting due diligence on potential power plant acquisition
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- The Hartford Courant, 12.08.2011
- Hartford Business Journal, 08.22.2011
- Connecticut Post, 07.12.2011
- IN THE NEWS: DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty Talks About Permit Review Process at Pullman & Comley BreakfastHartford Business Journal, 07.11.2011
- Connecticut Post, 03.27.2011
- Connecticut Law Tribune, 02.14.2011
- HQ Megawatt Daily, 02.11.2011
- Connecticut Law Tribune, 03.08.2010
- Hartford Business Journal, 07.15.2009
- IN THE NEWS: Pullman & Comley Assists Kleen Energy in “North American Single Asset Power Deal of the Year 2008”Project Finance, 03.16.2009
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- Lee D. Hoffman and Gary B. O'Connor to Present in Los Angeles at "Brownfield 2019," the National Brownfields Training Conference12.11.2019
- ENERGY BREAKFAST ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: No money? No grants? No problem! Case Study on Financing Energy-Related Capital Projects04.02.2019
- Breakfast Roundtable Discussion: “Connecticut’s Feed-In Tariff for Renewables is Coming…What to Expect and When to Expect it.”11.13.2018
- Lee Hoffman Featured Panelist and Technical Program Vice Chair at 2018 National Air & Waste Management Association Conference06.26.2018
- Lee D. Hoffman Discusses CTDEEP's Finalized Comprehensive Energy Strategy at Air & Waste Management Association Meeting04.04.2018
- SEMINAR: Attorneys David Atkins and Michael Kurs Discuss Developments In Antitrust Law Affecting the Regulation of Licensed Professionals05.19.2016
- SEMINAR: Attorney Brad N. Mondschein Presented at the Society of Professional Assessors "Assessment and Valuation Seminar"04.28.2016
- PROGRAM: Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop to Include Lee D. Hoffman as Panelist on "Resilient Communities: Energy & Green Infrastructure"06.07.2012
- WEBINAR: Challenging a Business Personal Property Assessment: Strategies for Reducing your Company's Valuation and Property Tax Bill01.26.2012
- SEMINAR: DEP to DEEP - Adding Energy to Environmental Protection: A Conversation with Commissioner Daniel C. Esty06.16.2011
- ROUNDTABLE: Feeling Stimulated Yet? - The Energy and Green Provisions of the Stimulus Bill (Hartford office)06.09.2009
- ROUNDTABLE: Feeling Stimulated Yet? - The Energy and Green Provisions of the Stimulus Bill (Bridgeport office)04.08.2009
- CT DEEP Provides Additional Guidance on Stormwater Requirements for the Construction of Solar Projects08.01.2019
- “20 By '20”: Commissioner Dykes Announces DEEP’s New “20 By '20” Initiative at the 2019 CBIA Energy and Environment Conference… And Solicits the Public’s Input06.17.2019
- Connecticut’s DEEP Issues Draft Program Rules for New Statewide Shared Clean Energy Facility Program05.13.2019
- Connecticut Public Utility Authority Approves Grandfathering of Net Metering After Feed-In Tariff Approval and Encourages Year 8 LREC/ZREC09.21.2018
- Best Lawyers, 10.17.2017
- Hartford Business Journal's CT Green Guide, Spring 2016
- Connecticut Law Tribune, 03.07.2016
- Connecticut Law Tribune, 03.24.2015
- Connecticut Law Tribune, 12.29.2014
- Connecticut Green Guide, Winter 2014
- Connecticut Green Guide, Fall 2013
- Connecticut Law Tribune, 07.15.2013
- Connecticut Green Guide, 10.18.2012
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- Connecticut Law Tribune, 11.07.2011
- Hartford Business Journal, 05.23.2011
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- California Really Goes Green: An Assessment of the California Green Building Standards Code and its Impact on Third-Party CertificationsBloomberg Law Reports: Sustainable Energy, 03.01.2010
- PRESS RELEASE: CHAMBERS USA 2018 Recognizes Fifteen Pullman & Comley Attorneys and Six Practice Areas06.28.2018
- Pullman & Comley Practice Groups Earn Seventeen U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Tier 1 Rankings12.19.2017
- PRESS RELEASE: Pullman & Comley Practice Groups Earn Fifteen U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Tier 1 Rankings11.15.2016
- PRESS RELEASE: Pullman & Comley Attorneys Named to 2015 Connecticut Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists10.19.2015
- PRESS RELEASE: Brad Mondschein Receives 2014 Volunteer of The Year Award From Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford
- PRESS RELEASE: Pullman & Comley Attorneys Named to 2013 Connecticut Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists11.15.2013
- PRESS RELEASE: Nearly 9 Million Square Feet of Downtown Hartford Offices To Throw The Switch For "Lights Out Hartford" This Thursday, April 25, 201304.25.2013
- PRESS RELEASE: Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) and Pullman & Comley Host “Understanding C-PACE”12.18.2012
Revolution Wind, a next generation 200-megawatt offshore wind farm that will be located in federal waters 50 miles from New London, Connecticut will help Connecticut meet its renewable energy goals affordably, and will deliver clean energy to Connecticut utilities during peak hours of demand. Pullman attorneys will be there to assist in moving forward the permitting and policy phases of this innovative offshore wind solution.
Pullman & Comley's attorneys were involved in a wide variety of cutting edge energy issues over the past year.
In an acquisition that combined New England's largest energy company with the region's largest energy company with the region's largest private water company, Eversource Energy completed an acquisition of Aquarion Water Company for a value of $1.675 billion.
Pullman & Comley has been front and center in a groundbreaking matter that has far-reaching implications for the water, electric and natural gas industries – as well as public utilities in general.
Clean Feet Investors is a Connecticut- based investment fund dedicated to investing in green energy projects. Our attorneys were retained by Clean Feet to assist in its investment activity.
With its proximity to New York and Boston, high standard of living and talented workforce, Connecticut is an attractive state for international companies looking to land in the United States.
Groton, Connecticut is home to one of Pfizer Inc.’s largest research facilities in the United States. This is a significant corporate asset, and after incidents when the facility unexpectedly lost power, Pfizer felt that it needed to improve the dependability of electric power at the site beyond the current sources that included on-site generation and power from the local utility.
Pullman & Comley was selected as counsel to NuPower Thermal in the development of its district heating loop in downtown Bridgeport, a first-of-its-kind project in the United States that capture waste heat as an alternative energy source.
The Connecticut Supreme Court unanimously agreed with the position of our Energy and Regulatory attorneys that the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) lacked jurisdiction to resolve a contractual pricing dispute between our client, Kleen Energy Systems, and Connecticut Light and Power (now known as Eversource Energy).
Following passage of a new law granting rate recognition for water companies that acquire small troubled water systems, our Regulatory team represented Aquarion in obtaining an award of $10 million for its acquisition and modernization of more than 50 such water systems.
Our attorneys were involved with two key projects that are part of “BGreen 2020,” a plan to improve the environmental quality and livability of Bridgeport’s parks, waterways and streets and to promote Bridgeport as a location for the development of green industries and green employment.