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William S. Harwood

William S. Harwood

Partner

Verrill
Maine, U.S.A.

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Bill's 30+ year career has been devoted to representing public utilities before state and federal regulatory agencies.

Bill has represented electric, gas, water, and telecommunications companies in more than 50 major cases before the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), 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 that 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 the representation of utilities in the sale of their generating assets, recovery of stranded costs, and providing standard offer (default) service. 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
  • Maine

Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Education

  • Fordham University  (J.D., cum laude)
    • Member, Fordham Law Review (1976-1978)
  • Harvard University  (B.A.)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

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

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



Seminars

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

Professional Activities and Experience

Accolades
  • Recipient of 2017 Edmund Muskie Access to Justice Award
  • 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
  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Energy & Natural Resources
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2014 Energy Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law in Portland, Maine
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Utilities, Administrative Law, and Energy & Natural Resources

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.


Blogs

Energy Law Update
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Energy Law Update is a source of news and analysis relevant to the world of energy law: major court and regulatory orders, event announcements, breaking news in the world of renewable energy, and novel legal issues. The blog is edited by Katie Gray and Nora Healy, and features contributions from...

Law of the Land (and air and water)
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If the legal issue involves land, air, water, waste, wind, wildlife, trees, or anything else in the natural world, the attorneys in Verrill Dana’s Environmental Law Group have it covered. Seasoned by decades of experience, our legal team recognizes that one of the few constants in our field is...

Lawyers on Tap
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The attorneys of Verrill Dana’s Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries Group are here to help your business navigate the complex world of craft beverage production. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to tackle the legal issues and allow you and your company to focus on doing what it does best,...

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Promotion marketing law covers many different topics, such as sweepstakes, contests, games, giveaways and coupons. It also includes cause marketing, an area that has proliferated in recent years, which includes commercial co-ventures, flat donations and sponsorships designed to raise money for...

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