Utilities

The structure of our Utilities Group makes us uniquely positioned to service utility and energy clients on both regulatory and environmental matters. Our environmental and utilities lawyers work collaboratively to provide a full range of transactional, structuring, financial, permitting, compliance, risk management, regulatory, and siting needs. This allows us to better understand the broad range of concerns that impact our utility and energy clients and to develop creative, yet streamlined approaches to complex issues.

Our environmental lawyers are well versed in navigating the broad range of local, state, and federal permitting requirements; water quality and quantity concerns; issues related to endangered species, fish, and fish passage; and due diligence related to facility acquisition or expansion.

    • Experience
      • Successfully defended Verizon Wireless in the closely-watched Town of Westport tower siting appeal.
      • Developed multistate regulatory compliance program for third-party energy supplier.
      • Energy

      • Counsel to competitive suppliers of electricity in various matters before the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control.

      • 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.

      • Other Experiences

      • Verizon Wireless in all regulatory matters in Connecticut and Massachusetts including state and local siting authorities, legislative issues affecting the wireless industry, universal service proceedings, area code and E911 issues, and other matters pending before the Department of Public Utility Control and the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy.
      • Representing Verizon Wireless in all regulatory matters before the Connecticut Siting Council, a state agency with exclusive jurisdiction over the siting of cellular wireless telecommunications facilities.
      • Legal counsel for the nation’s two largest providers of cable television services.
      • Represented the State of Connecticut’s largest municipal electric provider in the historic acquisition of the Bozrah Light & Power Company.
      • Legal counsel to a Connecticut natural gas distribution company in connection with its application for a rate increase.
      • Legal counsel to numerous competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) since the inception of telecommunications competition in Connecticut in 1994.
      • Counsel to a provider of renewable energy in connection with legislative efforts to refine the restructuring legislation in order to expand the class of renewable energy available for sale by electric suppliers in the competitive market for such services.
      • Served as legislative counsel for a Connecticut city's Department of Utilities, the state's largest supplier of electric and water services.
      • Actively involved in legislative efforts to develop the competitive environment for telecommunications services in Connecticut.
      • Connecticut counsel for Florida-based FPL Energy Seabrook, Inc. in connection with its purchase of the Seabrook Station in New Hampshire for $836 million.
      • Represented the City of Groton — Groton Utilities, a municipal electric utility — in the negotiation and drafting of numerous long-term power supply agreements with a large pharmaceutical manufacturer.
      • Regulatory counsel to the nation's largest cable company in connection with numerous acquisitions.
      • Appellate

      • Persuaded trial court to dismiss appeal for lack of standing where appellant challenged Connecticut Siting Council authorization to build and operate telecommunications facility in Northwest, Connecticut; successfully defended that decision and numerous other issues raised on appeal at the Connecticut Appellate Court and the Connecticut Supreme Court.
      • Convinced district court to dismiss civil rights action under Rooker-Feldman Doctrine, issue preclusion, claim preclusion, and standing principles where unsuccessful litigant in earlier state and federal cases against telecommunications provider refiled the same claims styled as civil rights violations in federal court. Successfully defended judgement at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
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    • News
      • October 18, 2013

        Stamford Lawyer Appointed to Connecticut House Task Force

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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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      • August 20, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyer Featured Volunteer in The First Tee of Connecticut

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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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      • 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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      • July 23, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Joey Lee Miranda Joins Lawyers for Children America’s Board of Directors

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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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      • February 17, 2011

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

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      • November 4, 2010

        Environmental and Utilities Attorney Joins Committee of National Association

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      • October 29, 2010

        Environmental and Utilities Attorney Examines Wind Power at National Conference

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    • Publications + Presentations
    • "State Policies and Energy Markets: Collaborative Efforts or Collision Course," presented by Joey Lee Miranda, moderator, held at the 22nd Annual New England Energy Conference and Exposition in Groton, Connecticut (5/13/2015)

      "Regionalization of Municipal Wastewater Services," at 2004 Spring Workshop of the Connecticut Association of Water Pollution Control Authorities, Inc., presented by Glenn A. Santoro (4/28/2004)
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      "The New Competitive Market for Electricity," at the 16th National Oil Heat Conference and at the CAI-CT Managers Meeting and 2000 Annual Meeting

      "Personal Wireless Service Facilities — A Sample Ordinance," authored by Kenneth C. Baldwin
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      "The Telecommunications Act of 1996 — Developing Caselaw of Towering Proportions," published in Urban Lawyer, authored by Kenneth C. Baldwin
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      "Telecommunications Competition – The Evolution Revolution," at Connecticut Bar Association seminar

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