Hesser G. McBride, Jr., is a shareholder with Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. and chair of its Energy, Telecommunications and Public Utilities Law practice group. For over two decades he has represented clients before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ("BPU") and the New Jersey Office of Clean Energy. Mr. McBride's practice is concentrated primarily in the areas of energy law, renewable energy, energy procurement, telecommunications law, public utility law, water and sewer law, and local government procurement law. On behalf of commercial and industrial entities, public utilities, and public entities Mr. McBride appears before administrative agencies, such as the BPU, in connection with regulatory approvals, ratemaking, regulatory compliance and regulatory enforcement proceedings. Mr. McBride also has experience in public utility right-of-way matters, including the siting of public utility facilities and compliance with the New Jersey Underground Fault Protection Act ("One Call").
Mr. McBride has appeared before the BPU in some of the most significant regulatory proceedings before the BPU, including proceedings involving the deregulation of telecommunications, electric and natural gas industries. For several years Mr. McBride has represented Verizon New Jersey and played a key role in Verizon New Jersey's successful entry into the New Jersey cable television and high-speed internet market. Mr. McBride is well versed in solar energy laws and regularly represents clients in connection with the development of solar energy projects, including drafting and negotiating power purchase agreements ("PPAs") and engineering procurement and construction ("EPC") contracts. As an experienced solar energy lawyer, Mr. McBride provides advice and consultation regarding Solar Renewable Energy Certificates ("SRECs") and SREC sales. He also is familiar with legal requirements for distributed generation projects, such as the construction of Combined Heat & Power ("CHP") plants.
Mr. McBride negotiates competitive third-party supplier electricity and natural gas agreements and regularly provides advice to governmental entities regarding energy procurement issues, including the development of government and community energy aggregation programs, energy efficiency programs and Energy Savings Improvement Plans ("ESIPs"). He also represents entities before PJM and provides advice regarding demand response programs.
Mr. McBride is Vice-Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Public Utility Law Section and is a member of the American Bar Association's Public Utility Law Section, New Jersey Bar Association's Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Committee, Federal Energy Bar Association, and Federal Communications Bar Association. Mr. McBride has been named to the national BTI Client Service All Stars and has an "AV" Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. For over a decade he has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America under Energy Law and in New Jersey Super Lawyers.
Mr. McBride regularly lectures and writes articles on energy law and utility related subjects. He is regularly quoted in energy and telecommunications law articles and publications. You can contact him via email at: email@example.com
Area of Emphasis:
Areas of Emphasis: Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Energy Competition, Telecommunications, Electric, Gas and Water Regulation, Cable Television, Rights-of-Way, Utility Facilities' Relocations and Mark Outs, Utility Ratemaking, Sales & Use Tax, and Local Government and Public School Procurement
· Solar Energy Informational Video
· "BPU Continues to Evaluate Incentive Programs for Solar Projects on Landfills and Brownfields," February 14, 2013, Wilentz New Jersey Environmental Law Report
· "Has Competition Eliminated the Need for State Regulation of Telecommunications Service Providers?" New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, October 2012
· "Don't Let the Sun Set on Your Opportunity to Obtain a Grant for a Solar Installation," Wilentz Real Estate Newsletter, September 2011
· "Will New Jersey Coastal Wind Energy Production Soon Be a Reality?" Commerce Magazine, September 2011
· "Savings from the Sun: Guiding Clients Through the Solar Contracting Process," New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, June 2011 (Special Editor - "Going Green" Edition)
· Clean Energy, a Roundtable Discussion, New Jersey Law Journal, May 2010
· Implementing the Solar Act 2012, New Jersey Public Utility Law Section Annual Meeting, New Jersey Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Program, April 2013
· Understanding the Solar Act of 2012, Renewable Energy Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Program, December 2012
· Contracting Issues for New Jersey Public Energy Projects, New Jersey Association of Energy Engineers Annual Meeting, October 2012
· Rough Headwinds: Challenges Facing Renewable Development - A View from the States, Energy Bar Association Annual National Meeting, May 2012
· Current Renewable Energy Issues Affecting New Jersey, New Jersey State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Program, May 2012
· Go Green: Green from County Solar Projects, County of Middlesex, Going Green Annual Forum, October 2011
· Telecommunication and Cable Television: New Jersey Regulatory Reform, Public Utility Law Section Annual Spring Conference, April 2011
· Understanding Solar in New Jersey: A Case Study of a Commercial Rooftop Solar Installation, New Jersey State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Program, November 2011
· Is Economic Regulation of Telecommunications Service Harming Competition?, New Jersey Utilities Association, Annual Meeting, June 2010
· The Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Public Utility Sector, April 2010, Public Utility Law Section Annual CLE Seminar
· Legal Issues Affecting New Jersey Utility Practice, New Jersey State Bar Association Conference, May 2009
· Emerging Issues Arising from Broadband: The Future of Cable, Voice and Data Regulation, New Jersey Public Utility Law Annual Conference, April 2006
· Recent Developments in Public Utilities Law, Navigating Public Rights of Way and Access to Multiple Dwelling Units, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, May 2004
Law Clerk, Hon. Henry H. Wiley
Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, General Equity