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Working to increase renewable energy’s position in the regional power market, our lawyers are on the leading edge of the development of solar, wind and hydropower generation in northern New England.

Since the Northeast blackout in 2003, our renewable energy attorneys have been paving the way to help increase renewable energy’s position in the regional power market to address global climate change. Collaborating closely with both our tax and environmental and land use teams, we efficiently target and implement legal services needed to help clients in solar, wind, hydroelectric and biomass achieve their goals with a minimal amount of resistance throughout a complicated siting process.

Our renewable energy team is on the leading edge of the development of solar, wind and hydropower generation in the Northeast U.S. and Canada and has helped facilitate the conversations between the Public Utility Commission and developers. Through innovation, experience and dedication, we have helped renewable energy clients successfully execute projects and transactions to bring new renewable generation online in New England.

Recent Victories

The Downs Rachlin energy attorneys have the contacts, ideas and experience to help you make things happen. Here are some examples:

  • Regularly partner with developers in connection with contracting and permitting solar net meter projects.
  • Provided commercial and project support for a client developing a novel receiver for parabolic trough Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems as part of the DOE SunShot program.
  • Assisted clients with the financing, acquisition, development and permitting for over 12 MW of new photovoltaic electric generation assets.
  • Successfully gained siting approval for one of five regional photovoltaic testing facilities under the DOE’s SunShot Initiative.
  • Obtained environmental permits and Public Utility Commission approval for six standard offer 2 MW solar photovoltaic projects, and worked with the developers to execute interconnection and power contracts, EPC contracts, and project financing.
  • Obtained state siting approval for the 12 MW Georgia Mountain Community Wind Project, Chittenden County, Vermont’s first utility-scale commercial wind farm.
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Energy Law

When met with regulatory and siting obstacles, our energy attorneys are deployed to achieve your objectives through practical and efficient legal solutions.

Energy Law
Solar Array
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Commercial Energy Transactions

Advising energy sector clients to structure, evaluate, negotiate and obtain necessary state and federal regulatory approvals for transactions.

Commercial Energy Transactions
commercial energy
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Energy Facilities Planning & Siting

Strategically planning electric facilities, supporting clients through applicable statutory permitting regimes to efficiently and effectively site energy facilities.

Energy Facilities Planning & Siting
hydropower
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Commercial Real Estate

Our commercial real estate lawyers represent owners, developers, investors, lenders and title companies in connection with all aspects of real estate investment.

Commercial Real Estate
Real estate and land use litigation
Attorney WilL Dodge

William J. Dodge

Director

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Attorney Morgan Heller

Morgan S. Heller II

Director

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Director R. Prescott Jaunich

R. Prescott Jaunich

Director

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Director Thomas D. Kohler

Thomas D. Kohler

Director

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Director Joshua Leckey

Joshua D. Leckey

Director

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Director Nancy Malmquist

Nancy S. Malmquist

Director

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Attorney Mary Parent

Mary K. Parent

Director

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Christopher Roy

Christopher D. Roy

Director

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Attorney Shawn Gordon

Shawn T. Gordon

Of Counsel

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John H. Marshall of Counsel

John H. Marshall

Of Counsel

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Patent Attorney Taylor Hallowell

Taylor E. Hallowell

Associate

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Government Relations Manager Patricia Komline

Patricia C. Komline

Government Relations Manager

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