Joey Lee Miranda

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Joey Lee Miranda's practice focuses on energy, telecommunications, and utilities matters, including litigation, transactional and regulatory representation, and counseling. Ms. Miranda regularly appears before state regulatory agencies, including the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and the Connecticut Siting Council, on utility, telecommunications, and energy-related matters. She also handles administrative appeals of agency decisions to state courts.

    An important aspect of Ms. Miranda's practice also involves counseling clients on regulatory compliance matters. Her representative experience reflects a sophisticated range of legal matters, including the following:

    • Counseling clients on locating and accessing federal, state, and local funding sources for renewable energy and distributed generation projects
    • Counseling clients on opportunities to earn income from renewable energy and distributed generation projects
    • Representing clients in securing renewable attribute accreditation for projects
    • Representing clients in securing siting approval for renewable energy, distributed generation, and traditional generation projects
    • Representing clients in disputes related to ownership of renewable energy credits 
    • Representing renewable and traditional energy-generation projects in obtaining long-term power purchase (a/k/a off-take) contracts
    • Counseling clients in the permitting of renewable and traditional energy projects
    • Representing clients in connection with regulatory approvals for the purchase and sale of renewable and traditional energy-generating facilities
    • Representing clients in negotiating electricity, natural gas, and renewable energy credit purchase and sale agreements

    Ms. Miranda's varied professional affiliations include serving as president of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Power & Energy Society and on the Board of Directors of New England Women in Energy & the Environment. Ms. Miranda also regularly publishes and presents on matters of interest to the energy industry, and she edited the book Capturing the Power of Electric Restructuring.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

        Energy

      • Counsel for Virginia-based Dominion Resources, Inc., in connection with its bid to purchase the Millstone Station Nuclear Facility in Waterford, Connecticut, for $1.3 billion and serve as ongoing general counsel for postacquisition matters.
      • Other Experiences

      • Counsel to the nation's leading wireless telecommunications provider before the Connecticut Siting Council and Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) in connection with the installation of wireless facilities throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. Draft legislation relating to the application and approval process of wireless facilities and provide legal support as it relates to real estate matters. 

      • Utilities and Telecommunications

      • Successfully defended Verizon Wireless in the closely watched Town of Westport tower siting appeal.
      • Represented water pollution control authority in dispute regarding industrial user surcharges.
      • Environmental

      • Represented retail distributor of heating oil, propane, and motor fuels in action claiming personal injury damages as a result of benzene exposure.
      • Represents gasoline dealer and distributor in multidistrict litigation arising from alleged contamination of drinking water supplies with Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE).
      • Environmental Litigation

      • Defended lessee of bulk fuel oil terminal in dispute over the condition of the tanks and ancillary equipment following termination of the lease.

      • Environmental

      • Represented the United States' largest home heating oil company in a private party action under CERCLA brought in the District Court for the District of New Jersey.
      • Served as member of Consent Decree Negotiating Committee on behalf of multinational corporation at Superfund site in New Jersey.
      • Environmental Litigation

      • Defended the purchaser of a nuclear power plant in an action seeking to prevent the transfer of environmental permits. Plaintiffs application for a temporary restraining order was denied shortly before the deal closed, and the suit was ultimately dismissed.

      • Environmental

      • Served as member of Executive Committee and Litigation Committee on behalf of multinational corporation at Superfund site in Michigan.
      • Represented multinational corporation in natural resources damages action brought by the State of New Jersey.
      • Represented various subsidiaries of multinational company listed on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges in several actions seeking to recover damages from alleged asbestos exposure.
      • Represents international forest products company in various personal injury matters arising from alleged asbestos exposure.
      • Represented subsidiary of London Stock Exchange-listed company engaged in the supply of industrial fans in several suits seeking damages from alleged exposure to asbestos.
      • Represented specialty gasket manufacturer in several actions seeking damages from alleged asbestos exposure.
      • Represented textile manufacturer in suit to recover damages from alleged asbestos exposure.
      • Energy

      • Represented client in Department of Public Utility Control proceeding to obtain long-term Electricity Purchase Agreement for purchase of output of natural gas-peaking generation project.
      • Representation of Waterbury Generation LLC, a subsidiary of FirstLight Power Resources, in proceeding to revise master agreement approved by the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) between Waterbury Generation and United Illuminating Company. Required revision to a long-term contract approved by the DPUC to which United Illuminating was counterparty. Robinson & Cole negotiated with various stakeholders to reach an amendment acceptable to all parties and then filed a request to reopen the proceeding and amend the contract.
      • Represented clients in Department of Public Utility Control proceeding to obtain long-term Electricity Purchase Agreements for Class I renewable energy projects and in Connecticut Siting Council proceedings to obtain approval of the construction and operation of the projects.
      • Represented merchant energy generator in proceeding before the Department of Public Utility Control to determine ownership of renewable energy certificates.
      • Represented a third-party supplier of natural gas and electricity in the development of a multistate regulatory compliance program.
      • Counsel to competitive suppliers of electricity in various matters before the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control.
      • Represented purchaser of Seabrook Station before the Connecticut DPUC in connection with its acquisition of the facility.
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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Power & Energy Society
      President of Board of Directors (2015 - present)
      Vice President of Board of Directors (2011 - 2014)
      Board of Directors (2009 - present)

      New England Women in Energy & the Environment
      Assistant Secretary (2009 - present)
      Board of Directors (2008 - present)

      Society of Women Environmental Professionals, Connecticut Chapter
      Legislative Committee (2001 - 2006)
      Membership Committee (2000 - 2002)

      Energy Bar Association
      Power Generation and Marketing Committee (2013 - 2015)
      Renewable Energy Committee (2013 - 2015)
      State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee (2012 - present)
      Electricity Committee (2015 - present)

      American Bar Association
      Environment, Energy, and Resources Section; Co-chair of Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance Committee, 2012 to 2013; Vice Chair of Year in Review, 2010 to 2012; Vice Chair of Year in Review, Carbon and Energy Trading and Finance Committee, 2008 to 2010; Vice Chair of Publications, Gas, and Electricity Marketing Committee, 2007 to 2008; Section of Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law, Renewable Energy Committee, 2009 to present

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Environmental Law Section, Chair, 2005 to 2006; Vice Chair, 2004 to 2005; Secretary, 2003 to 2004; Treasurer, 2002 to 2003; Legislative Liaison, 2000 to 2002; Program Committee, 1999 to 2000
      Young Lawyers Section, Public Utilities Committee, Founder and Co-chair (2003 - 2004)
      Energy, Public Utility, and Communications Law Section, Chair, 2006 to 2008; Vice Chair, 2004 to 2006; Treasurer, 2002 to 2004
      Young Lawyers Section, Environmental Law Committee, Co-chair (2002 - 2004)

      District of Columbia Bar Association
      Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Section (2000 - present)

      Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
      Central Connecticut Alumni Chapter, Clerk (2000 - 2005)
      Central Connecticut Alumni Chapter, Vice Justice (2005 - 2011)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Connecticut Law Tribune, 2010, recognized in Women in the Law: High Achievers yearbook

      Broad-Park Development Corporation, 2009 President's Award

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Environmental Law since 2013 (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© as Hartford Lawyer of the Year in the area of Environmental Law for 2016 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)

      Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Utilities for 2015 and 2016 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.) 

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Broad-Park Development Corporation
      Board of Directors, President, 2010 to 2014; Vice President, 2010; Chair of Real Estate Development Committee, 2009 to 2010; Co-chair of 7th Annual Awards Gala

      Lawyers for Children America
      Board of Directors, 2012 to present, Treasurer, 2014 to present; Chair of Connecticut Regional Council, 2009 to 2010
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Renewable Energy," published in Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries, co-authored with Alexander W. Judd (2015)
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      "Renewable Energy," co-authored with Emily C. Deans, published in Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries, an ABA publication of the Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law Section (2014)
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      "Renewable Energy," published in Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries, an ABA publication of the Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law Section; co-authored with Jonathan H. Schaefer the Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont portions of the Survey of State Renewable Portfolio Standards in the "Renewable Energy" chapter (2013)

      "Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance 2011 Annual Report," published in Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: The Year in Review 2011, an ABA publication, Editor

      "Survey of Renewable Energy Standards," published in Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Industries, an ABA publication of the Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law Section, coauthored portions of the survey regarding information for the six New England states (Spring 2012)

      "Survey of Renewable Energy Standards," published in report of the Renewable Energy Committee, an ABA publication of the Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law Section, coauthored with Karla Chaffee portions of the survey regarding information for the six New England states (Spring 2011)

      "Grants," co-authored with Lauren Vinokur, published in Renewable Energy Committee Spring Report, a publication of the ABA's Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law Section (2010)

      Capturing the Power of Electric Restructuring, Editor (7/2009)

      "Managing the Federal Regulatory Landscape," published in New England's Environment (2002)

      "Connecticut Regulatory Update," published bimonthly in New England's Environment (2001 to 2002)

      "Gas and Electricity Marketing 2007 Annual Report," published in Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: The Year in Review 2007, an ABA publication, Editor

      "Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance 2010 Annual Report," published in Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: The Year in Review 2010, an ABA publication, Editor

      "Carbon and Energy Trading Finance 2008 Annual Report," published in Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: The Year in Review 2008, an ABA publication, Editor

      "Carbon Trading and Energy Finance 2009 Annual Report," published in Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: The Year in Review 2009, an ABA publication, Editor

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "State Policies and Energy Markets: Collaborative Efforts or Collision Course," moderator, held at the 22nd Annual New England Energy Conference and Exposition in Groton, Connecticut (5/13/2015)

      "Developments in Energy Infrastructure," moderated panel discussion at the What's the Deal 2014 21st Century Business Energy Conference sponsored by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and the Connecticut Power and Energy Society, held in Cromwell, Connecticut (10/8/2014)

      "Are We Prepared?" at Connecticut Power & Energy Society's (CPES) annual Energy, Environment, and Economic Development Conference; Moderator of panel discussion on whether we are prepared for the next emergency (3/13/2013)

      "Energy Project Development: Facility Siting & Due Diligence Considerations," presented as webinar through PGS Energy Training (8/21/2012)

      "Clean Energy: What is the Future?" presented by Crossroads Venture Group, panel discussion Moderator (4/12/2012)

      "Will the Resources Be There?" at Connecticut Energy, Environment & Economic Development Conference: Powering New England in the New Environment, panel discussion Moderator (3/14/2012)

      "Introduction to Retail Electric Markets & Retail Energy Contracts," presented as webinar through PGS Energy Training (2/2/2012)

      "From Associate to Partner," a panel discussion sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section, Panel Member (11/3/2011)

      "New Deal, New Opportunities: Incentives for Your Business," at What's the Deal? Conference, Moderator (10/5/2011)

      "Energy Management for Sustainability & Cost Cutting," at CBIA's Environmental Conference 2011, co-presented with Matthew Stone, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (6/17/2011)

      "Policy Pressures: How Will Existing Generation Respond?" at 18th Annual New England Energy Conference & Exposition, Moderator, panel discussion regarding current and anticipated energy and environmental policy drivers, what existing generating facilities are doing to respond, how uncertainties affect those decisions, and the impact of competing policies on planning (5/18/2011)

      "Siting Wind Power Facilities: Cape Wind & Beyond," at American Bar Association, State and Local Government Section Fall Meeting, Panel Discussion (10/1/2010)

      "Politics & Power: Legislative Update," at Hartford Business Journal's Business Energy Summit 2010, Panel Discussion (9/17/2010)

      "Taking Advantage of New Green Technology," at 17th Annual New England Energy Conference and Exposition, Moderator (6/8/2010)

      "Electric Restructuring," at Massachusetts Chemistry Technology Alliance, 2010 Summit (5/11/2010)

      "Capturing the Power of Electric Restructuring," sponsored by the American Bar Association, Section of State and Local Government Law (11/19/2009)

      "Economic Opportunities Associated with Climate Change," at Connecticut Business & Industry Association's Environmental Conference 2009 (6/10/2009)

      "Distributed Generation: Financing & Permitting," at Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) Environmental Conference, co-presented with Kenneth C. Baldwin (6/03/2008)
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      "Current Topics in Retail Electricity Contracts," at Connecticut Energy Forum for Businesses, co-presented with David Bogan, forum sponsored by Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control and Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (10/5/2006)

      "Environmental Compliance in the Development Process," at Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Food Distributors International Retail Store Development Conference. (10/2002)

      "Regulatory Compliance in the Development Process," at 21st Annual FMI Legal Conference (6/2002)

      "The Future of Energy in Connecticut," at Connecticut Business & Industry Association, Panel Moderator (5/2002)

      LexisNexis® Emerging Issues Law Community Podcast (2011), Member of the ABA's Renewable Energy Committee discussing renewable portfolio standards

      Contributor to panel discussion on renewable energy development (4/12/2011), presented at the session Sustainability in Connecticut, a joint meeting of the Connecticut Bar Association's Environmental Law Section, Planning and Zoning Section, and Public Utility Law Section

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • November 1, 2016

        Robinson+Cole's Environmental + Utilities Group Holds Annual Summit

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      • June 9, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Co-sponsors Connecticut Green Circle Sustainability Awards

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      • June 6, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors George W. Crawford Black Bar Association's 2016 Annual Dinner

      • May 11, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Women Lawyers Listed in Best Lawyers Spring Business Edition

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      • March 30, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Attend Women's Summit at Bryant University

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      • June 3, 2015

        Joey Lee Miranda Co-Hosts and Participates in NEECE

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      • January 21, 2015

        Joey Lee Miranda Elected Board President of CPES

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      • November 5, 2014

        Joey Lee Miranda Moderates CBIA/CPES Energy Panel, Co-authors ABA Article

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      • July 16, 2014

        Joey Lee Miranda Elected Treasurer of Lawyers for Children America Board

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      • May 16, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors Crawford 2014 Annual Dinner

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      • April 16, 2013

        Joey Lee Miranda Represents Connecticut's First Commercial, Utility Scale Solar Project

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      • April 4, 2013

        Hartford Lawyers Participate in Energy, Environment, and Economic Development Conference

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      • August 15, 2012

        Energy and Utilities Partner to Lead American Bar Association’s Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance Committee

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      • July 5, 2012

        Energy and Utilities Partner Elected to Board of Lawyers for Children America

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      • June 18, 2012

        Quinnipiac University Law School Profiles Joey Lee Miranda

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      • April 26, 2012

        Joey Lee Miranda and Jacqueline Scheib Play Key Roles at Conference on Investing in Clean Energy Businesses

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      • March 30, 2012

        Environmental and Utilities Partner Moderates Panel Discussion at Connecticut Power and Energy Society

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      • October 31, 2011

        Environmental and Utilities Partner Moderates Panel Discussion at Energy Conference

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      • July 6, 2011

        Environmental and Utilities Partner Discusses Energy Management at Connecticut Business and Industry Association Conference

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      • June 9, 2011

        Environmental and Utilities Practice Group Partner Participates in ABA Community Podcast

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      • February 17, 2011

        Environmental Partner Elected Vice President of Connecticut Power & Energy Society Board

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      • October 29, 2010

        Environmental and Utilities Attorney Examines Wind Power at National Conference

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      • October 14, 2010

        Environmental and Utilities Attorney Thinks Green

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      • September 10, 2010

        Women in the Law and in the News

      • June 29, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Elected President of Broad-Park Development Corporation’s Board of Directors

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      • April 26, 2010

        Attorneys Represent Robinson & Cole at George W. Crawford Black Bar Association Annual Dinner

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      • January 6, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Elected Vice President of Broad-Park Board of Directors

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      • August 12, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Partner Edits Book on Electricity Law and Policy

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      • April 10, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Partner Elected Secretary of New England Women in Energy and the Environment

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

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      • February 1, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Forms Sustainability Cross-Practice Team

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 18, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

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      • August 19, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • August 16, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • August 28, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • August 10, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Partner Edits Book on Electricity Law and Policy

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      • January 30, 2007

        Robinson & Cole Utilities and Environmental Lawyer Appointed Chair of Connecticut Bar Association’s Public Utilities Section

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