Peter V. Lacouture

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Peter Lacouture, who has over four decades of experience practicing law, frequently represents clients in the siting and permitting of large infrastructure projects. He also assists clients with other public utility, zoning, environmental, and land use cases in Rhode Island. Mr. Lacouture is a member of the firm’s Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group.

    Infrastructure and Facilities Siting and Permitting

    Mr. Lacouture assists utility clients with obtaining the necessary permits and approvals for electricity and gas-related energy projects, such as high voltage transmission lines and substations. He regularly appears before state and local agencies, including the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board, the Public Utilities Commission, the Department of Environmental Management, Coastal Resources Management Council, and municipal zoning and planning boards. He has argued numerous cases before the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Mr. Lacouture also assists clients in other industries with securing all required zoning and environmental approvals for their developments in Rhode Island. Mr. Lacouture has negotiated cultural resource agreements between energy project developers and Native American tribes.

    Pro Bono and Public Service

    Mr. Lacouture served as editor of Recent Developments (formerly the Annual Report) of the American Bar Association's Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section for 12 years. He will serve as chair of the Section from August 2017 through August 2018.

    Mr. Lacouture has been involved in many pro bono activities, which often intertwine with his public service and charitable endeavors. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rhode Island Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and he also has done pro bono work for TNC. He helped incorporate and obtain tax-exempt status for a number of non-profit corporations, including the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association, and the Exeter Historical Association. He represented a group of parents and students in an action against their local school district over funding. Mr. Lacouture, an active volunteer firefighter, deputy chief, and President of Exeter Volunteer Fire Company No. 2, provided pro bono legal assistance by drafting the charter for the Exeter Fire District and served for eight years as chair of the District.

    Mr. Lacouture has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Energy Law since 2007, and in Rhode Island Super Lawyers® in the area of Energy & National Resources Law since 2010. (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Represented client in successful permitting of numerous high voltage transmission line projects.

      • Negotiated cultural resource agreements with representatives of Native American tribes in connection with various energy projects. 

      • Assisted clients with obtaining needed permits before the Coastal Resources Management Council.

      • Represented clients in regulatory matters before the Public Utilities Commission.

      • Assisted client in the development and permitting of a major pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Rhode Island. 

      • Represented clients in permitting for a major interstate high pressure gas pipeline extension including the condemnation of right of way. 

      • Obtained all necessary permits for a power plant and associated facilities from state siting, regulatory, and environmental authorities.

      • Represented clients before the Rhode Island Supreme Court in appeals related to energy and pro bono matters.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Rhode Island Bar Association
      Member

      American Bar Association
      Chair of Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section (2017 - 2018)
      Editor of Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries (formerly PUCAT Annual Report) (2004 - 2016)

      Rhode Island Bar Foundation
      Fellow and Board Member
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell™ in the areas of Public Utility Law; Energy and Environmental Law; and Zoning, Planning and Land Use Law (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings is a trademark. AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.)

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© as Providence Lawyer of the Year in the area of Energy Law for 2016

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Energy Law since 2007

      Listed in Rhode Island Super Lawyers® in the area of Energy & National Resources Law since 2010 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Rhode Island Bar Association Ralph P. Semonoff Award for Professionalism, 2012

      Robinson+Cole Diversity and Inclusion Award Recipient, 2015

      Robinson+Cole Community Service Award Recipient, 2013

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Exeter, Rhode Island, Volunteer Fire Company #2
      President, Deputy Chief

      Town of Exeter, Rhode Island
      Moderator (1992 - present)

      Exeter Fire District
      Chair, Board of Commissioners (2005 - 2013)

      The Nature Conservancy, Rhode Island Chapter
      Board of Trustees and Finance Liaison (2004 - present)

      Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association
      Founder, Past President
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries, edited since 2005, this annual report is published by the American Bar Association's Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section (formerly Sections of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law) (2005 - 2016)

      Energy, Utility, Transportation and Environmental Law for the 21st Century: A Collection, editor (2013)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • December 20, 2016

        Peter Lacouture Edits Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Industries for 12th Year

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      • October 5, 2015

        Peter Lacouture Edits Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries for 11th Year

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      • September 3, 2015

        Peter Lacouture Elected Vice-Chair of PUCAT

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      • November 13, 2014

        Peter Lacouture Edits Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries for 10th Year

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      • April 11, 2014

        Providence Office Sponsors RICH's Annual Luncheon

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      • September 16, 2013

        Peter Lacouture Edits ABA's Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law Annual Report for Ninth Year

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      • April 17, 2013

        Providence Lawyer Edits Book for ABA's PUCAT Section

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      • September 17, 2012

        Peter Lacouture Serves as Editor-in-Chief of American Bar Association's Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law Annual Report for Seventh Year

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      • August 29, 2012

        Peter Lacouture to Serve as Secretary for American Bar Association Section

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      • January 5, 2012

        Peter Lacouture featured in Providence Business News

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      • October 21, 2011

        Utilities Partner is Editor-in-Chief of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries Annual Report

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      • September 13, 2010

        Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Industries

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      R+C News Releases

      • August 21, 2017

        Peter Lacouture to Lead ABA Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section

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      • August 15, 2017

        Fifty-Nine Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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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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      • 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 22, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Announces Annual Pro Bono, Mentor, and Community Service Awards

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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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      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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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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      • June 18, 2012

        Rhode Island Bar Association Honors Peter V. Lacouture with the Ralph P. Semonoff Award for Professionalism

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      • September 12, 2011

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

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