Katie M. Gray

Katie M. Gray: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP (132 Attorneys)
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Katie advises clients on all aspects of energy law and regulatory practice before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Maine Public Utilities Commission, and other administrative agencies. She has unique experience in licensing energy self-suppliers and obtaining authorizations for wholesale energy sales and purchases in the New England electricity market. She reviews and analyzes energy contracts, power purchase agreements, and asset purchase and sales agreements; conducts energy-related due diligence in the context of asset deals; drafts petitions, motions, and applications submitted to regulatory agencies; and researches intricate issues affecting electric and water utilities at both the state and federal levels. In addition, Katie edits and writes articles for the Energy Group’s blog, www.energylawupdate.com.



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Biography

Katie advises clients on all aspects of energy law and regulatory practice before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and other state and federal administrative agencies and state courts.

Recently, Katie has done significant work in the natural gas field. Working with regulators and on the legislative front, Katie worked with a team to obtain private natural gas pipeline status and related safety approvals for a significant employer in Washington County, Maine. In addition, Katie has represented industrial, municipal and nonprofit institutional consumers of natural gas in rate cases of two natural gas utilities.

Katie also has experience in licensing energy self-suppliers and obtaining authorizations for wholesale energy sales and purchases in the New England electricity market. She reviews and analyzes energy contracts, power purchase agreements, and asset purchase and sales agreements; conducts due diligence in energy-related deals; drafts petitions, motions, and applications submitted to regulatory agencies and courts; and researches intricate issues affecting natural gas, electric, and water utilities.

Katie is one of the principal editors of the Energy Group’s blog, www.energylawupdate.com.

Katie is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where she was an articles editor on the Boston University Public Interest Law Journal. Katie was also a fellow for the first-year legal writing program. During her first summer in law school, she interned at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office. She was a summer associate at Verrill Dana during her second summer.

Prior to law school, Katie held internships at the Maine District Court and the elections division of Maine’s Secretary of State. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of Maine and its Honors College.

Honors

Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business under
Energy & Natural Resources
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Rising Stars under
Energy & Natural Resources, Administrative Law and Utilities

Public Service

Member, ILAP Pro Bono Panel
Volunteer, SPACE Gallery

Highlights

We’ve been consistently impressed with Katie’s professionalism and understanding.
ENERGY BLOG
Keep current on energy-related laws and trends.
Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.

Experience

2012 Summit Natural Gas of Maine Rate Plan
In 2012 and 2013, Bill Harwood and Katie Gray provided counsel to Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc., Maine’s newest natural gas local distribution company, before the Maine Public Utilities Commission with regard to Summit’s alternative rate plan, ARP.
Approval of Maine’s First Private Natural Gas Pipeline
In 2011, Verrill Dana secured regulatory approval for the state’s first private natural gas pipeline, a direct connection off the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline serving Woodland Pulp LLC and now represents Woodland Pulp in connection with shared use of the pipeline with another industrial consumer.
Bangor Hydro Electric Company: Headwater Benefits
We represented Bangor Hydro Electric Company in defending a substantial claim before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for compensation for headwater benefits relating to FERC licensed hydropower projects located along the Penobscot River in Maine.
Bowdoin College Solar Power Generation Project
Verrill Dana represented Bowdoin College in securing municipal approvals to install an underground electric distribution line to serve the College’s new 1.2-megawatt, 4500-panel solar generating project.
Certifications and Approvals for Pittsfield Solar, Which Will Be Largest Solar Farm in Maine When It Goes Into Service
In 2017, Verrill Dana represented Cianbro Development Corp. subsidiary Pittsfield Solar, LLC in obtaining regulatory approvals for a 9.9-megawatt ground-mounted solar array to be located on 54 acres in Pittsfield, Maine.
Hannaford Energy, LLC: New England Power Pool Membership
We represent Hannaford Bros. Co. (Hannaford) in the creation, permitting and licensing of its new energy marketing subsidiary, Hannaford Energy, LLC (Hannaford Energy).
Moody’s Collision Center Solar Development
In 2014 and 2015, Verrill Dana advised Moody’s Collision Center with respect to its investment in a substantial solar development at Maine Audobon in Falmouth.
Multi-Disciplinary Representation in Mill Purchase and Regulatory Compliance
We represented the buyer in the acquisition of Domtar Maine LLC, which owns and operates the pulp mill in Baileyville, Maine (also known as Woodland), and continue to represent the mill in regulatory compliance matters.
Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion in the Northeast
Since early 2014, our firm has successfully represented a large interstate pipeline company before the Maine PUC in advancing two significant new interstate pipeline expansion projects.
Reclassifying as a FERC-Jurisdictional Transmission Line
In 2010, Madison Electric Works (MEW), an electric utility serving Madison, Maine, explored reclassifying its 115-kV power line as a FERC-jurisdictional transmission line. We advised MEW as to the steps necessary to obtain FERC-jurisdictional status, and researched the regulatory regime under which MEW would find itself were the reclassification to succeed.
Regulatory Approval for Summit Natural Gas of Maine
In early 2013, Verrill Dana secured regulatory approval for Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc. to become Maine’s fourth natural gas local distribution company (LDC).
Representation of Large Natural Gas Consumers
Our natural gas attorneys also provide legal counsel to Bowdoin College and other larger consumers of gas.
Solar Energy Development
Verrill Dana has represented solar energy developers and investors related to multiple projects throughout Maine and Massachusetts. We have provided permitting counsel and due diligence on solar projects ranging from a 1.5-MW micro-grid array in Brunswick to a proposed 100-MW project in the unincorporated area of Hancock County. For more details regarding our solar energy experience.
Solar Energy: Acquisition of Grid-Scale Project in Brunswick, Maine
Verrill Dana represented Diversified Communications in the acquisition of a newly built 2.5 million solar array in Brunswick, Maine.
Solar PPA Negotiation on Behalf of Brunswick, ME Nonprofit
In 2016, Verrill Dana worked with The Gathering Place, a nonprofit organization based in Brunswick, Me., in negotiating a solar power purchase agreement with Maine’s largest solar installation company.
Solar PPA Negotiation on Behalf of North Haven Nonprofit
In 2017, Verrill Dana represented North Haven Sustainable Housing in negotiating a solar power purchase agreement with Maine’s largest solar installation company.
Verrill Dana Helps Methadone Clinic Win Local Approval in Sanford, Maine
Verrill Dana has a long history of helping methadone clinics in Maine, having helped permit the very first clinic in the mid-1990’s. In early 2011, a Massachusetts based provider of opiate addiction treatment services approached Verrill Dana for assistance in opening an outpatient Methadone treatment clinic in Sanford, Maine. On October 2nd, 2012, after more than 18 months of work, Verrill Dana succeeded in helping the client win approval from the Sanford Town Council to open a clinic.

News

June 28, 2018
Verrill Dana Utilities Attorneys Publish Book on Maine Regulation of Public Utilities, the Only Book of Its Kind in the State
Press Releases
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Nora R. Healy, Katie M. Gray, Geoffrey G. Why, Brian T. Marshall

September 8, 2016
Verrill Dana and Pierce Atwood Present Full-Day Seminar - Natural Gas: Where do we go from here?
Press Releases
Katie M. Gray, James I. Cohen, William S. Harwood

January 14, 2016
Five Verrill Dana Attorneys Elected as Partners of the Firm
Press Releases
Katie M. Gray, Kate Gallin Heffernan, Sara E. Hirshon, Andrew P. Rusczek

November 7, 2014
Verrill Dana Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Service
Press Releases
Tawny L. Alvarez, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Seth S. Coburn, Michael J. Donlan, Jonathan M. Dunitz, Katie M. Gray, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

October 11, 2013
Natural Gas: The Best Path Forward for Maine?
Media Mentions
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Katie M. Gray

May 29, 2013
Verrill Dana Recognized as a Leading Firm by Chambers & Partners
Press Releases
Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Lisa S. Boehm, Robert C. Brooks, Juliet T. Browne, Anthony M. Calcagni, Roger A. Clement, Jr., James I. Cohen, Kimberly S. Couch, Douglas P. Currier, Gregory S. Fryer, David L. Galgay, Jr., Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, Katie M. Gray, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Nathaniel R. Hull, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier

November 13, 2012
Eight Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized for Pro Bono Work
Press Releases
Seth S. Coburn, Benjamin E. Ford, Katie M. Gray, Nathaniel R. Hull, Misti D. Munster, Timothy R. Shannon

November 11, 2011
Maine Women Magazine Identifies Katie Gray as Emerging Leader in Energy Law
Media Mentions
Katie M. Gray

October 11, 2011
Law Firms Take to Blogging to Share Expertise
Media Mentions
Eric D. Altholz, James I. Cohen, Benjamin E. Ford, Katie M. Gray, Nora R. Healy, Misti D. Munster

Publications

June 28, 2018
Maine Regulation of Public Utilities: Second Edition
Published Works
William Harwood, James Cohen, Nora Healy, Katie Gray, Geoffrey Why, and Brian Marshall

October 8, 2015
Natural Gas: Energy for Maine’s Future?!
Seminar Materials

October 9, 2014
Natural Gas: Continued Growth in Maine?
Seminar Materials

Events

October 18, 2018
Natural Gas: An Uncertain Future
Hosted Events
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Katie M. Gray

June 13, 2018
PUC Regulation: Where Do We Go From Here?
Speaking Engagements
William S. Harwood, Katie M. Gray, Nora R. Healy

September 28, 2017
Natural Gas: Powering Maine’s Future
Hosted Events
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Katie M. Gray

October 6, 2016
Natural Gas: Where Do We Go From Here?
Hosted Events
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Katie M. Gray

November 12, 2015
PUC Regulation: Headed in the Right Direction?
Speaking Engagements
Katie M. Gray, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy

October 8, 2015
Natural Gas: Energy for Maine’s Future?!
Hosted Events
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Katie M. Gray

October 10, 2013
Natural Gas: The Best Path Forward for Maine?
Speaking Engagements
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Katie M. Gray

April 28, 2011
NE Women in Energy & the Environment Networking Event
Hosted Events

January 3, 2011
Verrill Dana, LLP to Host New England Women in Energy and the Environment Event
Hosted Events

for the first-year legal writing program. During her first summer in law school, she interned at the New Hampshire Attorney General's office. She was a summer associate at Verrill Dana during her second summer.

Prior to law school, Katie held internships at the Maine District Court and the elections division of Maine's Secretary of State. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of Maine and its Honors College.

Public Service

Member, ILAP Pro Bono Panel Volunteer, SPACE Gallery

Honors

Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Energy & Natural Resources
Selectedby peersfor inclusion inNew England Rising Stars?under Energy & NaturalResources, Administrative Law and Utilities.com

Experience

Bangor Hydro Electric Company: Headwater Benefits

We represented Bangor Hydro Electric Company in defending a substantial claim before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for compensation for headwater benefits relating to FERC licensed hydropower projects located along the Penobscot River in Maine.

Hannaford Energy, LLC: New England Power Pool Membership

We represent Hannaford Bros. Co. (Hannaford) in the creation, permitting and licensing of its new energy marketing subsidiary, Hannaford Energy, LLC (Hannaford Energy).

Multi-Disciplinary Representation in Mill Purchase

We represented the buyer in the acquisition of Domtar Maine LLC, which owns and operates the pulp mill in Baileyville, Maine (also known as Woodland).

Reclassifying as a FERC-Jurisdictional Transmission Line

In 2010, Madison Electric Works (MEW), an electric utility serving Madison, Maine, explored reclassifying its 115-kV power line as a FERC-jurisdictional transmission line. We advised MEW as to the steps necessary to obtain FERC-jurisdictional status, and researched the regulatory regime under which MEW would find itself were the reclassification to succeed.

Verrill Dana Helps Methadone Clinic Win Local Approval in Sanford, Maine

Verrill Dana has a long history of helping methadone clinics in Maine, having helped permit the very first clinic in the mid-1990's. In early 2011, a Massachusetts based provider of opiate addiction treatment services approached Verrill Dana for assistance in opening an outpatient Methadone treatment clinic in Sanford, Maine. On October 2nd, 2012, after more than 18 months of work, Verrill Dana succeeded in helping the client win approval from the Sanford Town Council to open a clinic.

News

October 11, 2013 Natural Gas: The Best Path Forward for Maine?
Media Mentions

William S. Harwood , James I. Cohen , Katie M. Gray

May 29, 2013 Verrill Dana Recognized as a Leading Firm by Chambers & Partners
Press Releases

Eric D. Altholz , Scott D. Anderson , Kelly B. Boden , Lisa S. Boehm , Robert C. Brooks , Juliet T. Browne , Anthony M. Calcagni , Roger A. Clement, Jr. , James I. Cohen , Kimberly S. Couch , Bradford W. Coupe , Douglas P. Currier , Gregory S. Fryer , David L. Galgay, Jr. , Gregg H. Ginn , James G. Goggin , Mark K. Googins , Katie M. Gray , William S. Harwood , Nora R. Healy , Jeffrey L. Heidt , Nathaniel R. Hull , Charles M. Katz-Leavy , Alan D. MacEwan , Christopher S. McLoon , Suzanne E. Meeker , Richard G. Moon , Charles R. Oestreicher , James C. Palmer , Raymond A. Pelletier , Jeffrey T. Selser

November 13, 2012 Eight Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized for Pro Bono Work
Press Releases

Seth S. Coburn , Benjamin E. Ford , Katie M. Gray , Nathaniel R. Hull , Riikka E. Morrill , Misti D. Munster , Andreea Sabin , Timothy R. Shannon

November 11, 2011 Maine Women Magazine Identifies Katie Gray as Emerging Leader in Energy Law
Media Mentions

Katie M. Gray

October 11, 2011 Law Firms Take to Blogging to Share Expertise
Media Mentions

Eric D. Altholz , James I. Cohen , Benjamin E. Ford , Katie M. Gray , Nora R. Healy , Misti D. Munster

Events

October 10, 2013 Natural Gas: The Best Path Forward for Maine?
Speaking Engagements

William S. Harwood , James I. Cohen , Katie M. Gray

April 28, 2011 NE Women in Energy & the Environment Networking Event
Hosted Events

January 3, 2011 Verrill Dana, LLP to Host New England Women in Energy and the Environment Event
Hosted Events

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Energy
  • Water & Wastewater Utilities
  • Energy - Natural Gas
  • Energy - Rate Cases
  • Energy - Solar Power
  • Energy - Hydro Power
  • Telecommunications

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4738  Phone
(207)253-4739  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/kgray
University Attended:
University of Maine, Honors College, B.A., summa cum laude, with high honors, 2005
Law School Attended:
Boston University School of Law, J.D., 2008
Year of First admission:
2008
Admission:
2009, Massachusetts; 2008, Maine
ISLN:
919972764

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