Joey Lee Miranda is a partner in the firm’s Environmental + Utilities Group, and her practice focuses on energy, telecommunications, and water matters, including litigation, transactional and regulatory representation, and counseling. Ms. Miranda regularly participates in proceedings 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 range of legal matters in all areas of the energy industry.
Ms. Miranda assists energy clients with securing siting and permit approvals for projects, and helps them obtain regulatory approvals for the purchase and sale of renewable and traditional energy-generating facilities. For example, Ms. Miranda has assisted clients in obtaining the necessary approvals for the first utility scale solar project in Connecticut, the largest utility scale solar project in Connecticut, and the largest fuel cell project in the United States.
Ms. Miranda has helped clients obtain long-term electricity purchase agreements for renewable energy projects, and obtained necessary approvals for facility construction and operation. She negotiates interconnection agreements, and drafts and negotiates long-term power purchase contracts. Ms. Miranda also counsels clients on locating and accessing federal, state, and local funding sources for renewable energy and distributed generation projects. She also advises them on opportunities to earn income.
Ms. Miranda helps clients secure renewable attribute accreditation for projects and assists with disputes related to ownership of renewable energy credits.
Competitive Energy Markets
Ms. Miranda assists clients in obtaining market participant status, and advises them on rules associated with regional wholesale markets, including the wholesale electric markets administered by ISO New England.
Ms. Miranda represents retail competitive electricity and natural gas suppliers in obtaining necessary licenses and in various regulatory matters before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission. For example, she has represented retail competitive suppliers in proceedings related to: supplier choice programs; trade practices investigations; default service procurement and pricing policies; billing and collection policies; Renewable Portfolio Standard policies; “Price to compare” rate design; and integrated resource planning.
Ms. Miranda also counsels suppliers regarding compliance with consumer protection laws and developed a multistate compliance program for the sales and marketing activities of a competitive supplier of electricity and natural gas operating throughout the Northeast. In developing this marketing program, Ms. Miranda recommended the implementation of changes to the sales process, prepared manuals for sales representatives and managers, and developed sales agreements, forms and sales presentation outlines for use by sales representatives. Once the marketing compliance portion of the program was completed, she developed a compliance program for ongoing consumer protection, reporting, billing and collections.
Ms. Miranda also represents clients in developing and negotiating electricity, natural gas, and renewable energy credit purchase and sale agreements for multiple locations throughout the United States.
Ms. Miranda represents clients in regulatory proceedings, helping them obtain long-term contracts for the sale of natural gas capacity. She also assists clients in telecommunication facility siting proceedings, and she has assisted the nation’s leading wireless telecommunications provider with obtaining all necessary approvals to install wireless facilities throughout Connecticut. She also has represented clients in evaluating the purchase of a regulated water company.
Ms. Miranda has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Environmental Law since 2013 and as Hartford Lawyer of the Year in the area of Environmental Law for 2016 (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC). She was 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.). For 2010, she was recognized in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Women in the Law: High Achievers Yearbook.