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William S. Harwood

William S. Harwood


Verrill Dana, LLP
Maine, U.S.A.

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Bill Harwood has devoted most of his 30 year career to representing public utilities before state and federal regulatory agencies. He has represented electric, gas, water and telecommunications companies in more than 50 major cases before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including rate cases, prudence investigations, management audits, merger approvals, requests for certificates of public convenience and necessity and rulemaking proceedings. Bill counsels utilities on proactive strategies to both anticipate regulatory developments and efficiently manage the regulatory process.

Bill has been extensively involved in traditional rate setting issues, including CWIP in rate base, attrition, accounting orders and cost of capital. Bill has negotiated long-term alternative rate plans which include automatic inflation adjustments, service quality penalties, and recovery of mandated or exogenous costs. He has also negotiated numerous long-term special rate agreements between utilities and specific industrial consumers.

Bill was actively involved in the restructuring of the Maine electric utility industry, including representing utilities in the sale of their generating assets, recovery of stranded costs and providing standard offer (default) service. More recently Bill has represented developers of new transmission lines in securing Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and wind developers in negotiating Interconnection Agreements and securing adequate transmission capacity for delivery of the output. Bill has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law, teaching utility regulation and administrative law.

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, 1978
Maine, 1979
U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals (First Circuit), 2000


Fordham University (J.D., 1978), cum laude
Harvard University (B.A., 1974)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Energy & Natural Resources
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® under Administrative / Regulatory Law and Energy Law
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers® under Utilities, Administrative Law and Energy & Natural Resources
Recipient of 1999 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award
Recipient of 1994 Maine Bar Foundation Dana Award for Outstanding Service in the Advancement of Legal Services for the Indigent

Professional Associations

    Maine State Bar Association
    Massachusetts Bar Association
    Maine Bar Foundation
    American Bar Foundation

Maine State Bar Association: Chair, Administrative Law Section (1990 to 1994)
Maine Bar Foundation (Director, 1986-1992; President, 1991)
Elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (1999)


Natural Gas: The Best Path Forward for Maine? 10/10/2013
Public Utilities Regulation: The Best Path Forward - December 14, 2012

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