William S. Harwood

William S. Harwood: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Bill Harwood has devoted most of his 30 year career to representing public utilities before state and federal regulatory agencies. He has represented electric, gas, water and telecommunications companies in more than 50 major cases before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including rate cases, prudence investigations, management audits, merger approvals, requests for certificates of public convenience and necessity and rulemaking proceedings. Bill counsels utilities on proactive strategies to both anticipate regulatory developments and efficiently manage the regulatory process.
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Biography

Bill Harwood has devoted most of his 30 year career to representing public utilities before state and federal regulatory agencies. He has represented electric, gas, water and telecommunications companies in more than 50 major cases before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including rate cases, prudence investigations, management audits, merger approvals, requests for certificates of public convenience and necessity and rulemaking proceedings. Bill counsels utilities on proactive strategies to both anticipate regulatory developments and efficiently manage the regulatory process.

Bill has been extensively involved in traditional rate setting issues, including CWIP in rate base, attrition, accounting orders and cost of capital. Bill has negotiated long-term alternative rate plans which include automatic inflation adjustments, service quality penalties, and recovery of mandated or exogenous costs. He has also negotiated numerous long-term special rate agreements between utilities and specific industrial consumers.

Bill was actively involved in the restructuring of the Maine electric utility industry, including representing utilities in the sale of their generating assets, recovery of stranded costs and providing standard offer (default) service. More recently Bill has represented developers of new transmission lines in securing Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and wind developers in negotiating Interconnection Agreements and securing adequate transmission capacity for delivery of the output. Bill has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law, teaching utility regulation and administrative law.

Honors

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business under
Energy & Natural Resources
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2014 Portland, Maine Energy Law Lawyer
of the Year
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Administrative / Regulatory Law,
Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under
Utilities, Administrative Law and Energy & Natural Resources
Recipient of 2017 Edmund Muskie Access to Justice Award
Recipient of 1999 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award
Recipient of 1994 Maine Bar Foundation Dana Award for Outstanding Service in
the Advancement of Legal Services for the Indigent

Public Service

Board of Trustees, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine (2002-2012)
Board of Trustees, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (2004-present), Board Chair (2011 - present)
Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law (2000-2001;
2006-2007)
Chair, American Bar Association’s Special Committee on Gun Violence
(2002-2004)
President, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence (1999-2003)
Board of Trustees, Maine Bar Foundation (1986-1993), President (1991)
Chair, Annual Edmund S. Muskie Access to Justice Award Dinner Committee (1996-1999)
Legal Services for the Elderly: Board (1983-1988), Chair (1985-1987)
Attorney General Appointee, Committee to Examine the Office of Administrative Hearings at the Maine Department of Human Services (1994-1995)
Gubernatorial Appointee, Interim Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (1993-1995)
Presentations at more than 25 utility conferences sponsored by NARUC, ABA, NECPUC, MSBA, NAWC, MWUA and MRWA
Board of Trustees, Yarmouth Historical Society

Highlights

[Bill is a] very capable and highly regarded as an expert in the field of utilities regulation.
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.
Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.

Experience

International Adoption
A team of Verrill Dana attorneys devoted countless pro bono hours to assist a very special family seeking legal adoption and citizenship for an abandoned child. The matter involved successful navigation of international laws, repeated probate court appearances, posting legal notices in Russian newspapers, and interpretation of international treaties.
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.
2014 Emera Distribution Rate Case
In 2014, Bill Harwood and Nora Healy represented Emera in a rate case, in which the MPUC approved an 8.68% increase in distribution rates.
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.
Arbitration of Hydro PPA Dispute
Verrill Dana has represented Emera Maine before the PUC in securing a CPCN for Emera’s proposed 138 kV transmission line providing a new interconnection between the Northern Maine electric system and the New Brunswick, Canada system.
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.
Emera Maine: Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity
Verrill Dana has represented Emera Maine before the PUC in securing a CPCN for Emera’s proposed 138 kV transmission line providing a new interconnection between the Northern Maine electric system and the New Brunswick, Canada system.
Emera Maine: Maine PUC Approval of Merger
Verrill Dana successfully obtained Maine PUC approval for the 2014 merger of Maine Public Service Company and Bangor Hydro Electric Company into a single corporation, Emera Maine.
Emera Ownership of Generation
The Group represented Emera in a lengthy case addressing the extent to which the Maine Restructuring Act prevents affiliates of e a Maine T&D utility from acquiring ownership of generation facilities. In 2011, Emera sought approval of two acquisitions: 25% ownership of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. and a joint venture with First Wind to develop new wind projects in the Northeast. The acquisitions generated extensive litigation before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and Maine Supreme Judicial Court both before and after Emera closed the transactions. Ultimately, Emera decided to unwind both transactions.
Emera’s Acquisition of Swans Island Electric Cooperative
Verrill Dana’s energy group represented Emera in its 2017 acquisition of the Swans Island Electric Cooperative, a local utility serving two remote Maine islands. The transaction involved identifying and acquiring hundreds of assets of the Cooperative, including numerous utility easements that had been used by the Cooperative for decades. The Verrill Dana team was led by Mark Googins, Tony Calcagni and Bill Harwood.
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).
Iberdrola: Acquisition of Energy East and Central Maine Power
In 2007, Verrill Dana served as local counsel to Iberdrola in its acquisition of Energy East and Central Maine Power Company.
Merger Agreement and Shareholder Class Action
When Emera Inc. acquired Maine Public Service Company in 2010, our Energy Group was actively involved in drafting the merger agreement and securing regulatory approval from the Maine PUC. Further, Verrill Dana defended Emera in a shareholder class action suit in U.S. District Court resulting from the proposed merger.
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.
Northeast Reliability Interconnect
In 2005, Verrill Dana obtained a Maine PUC CPCN and Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers environmental approvals for the construction and operation of the Northeast Reliability Interconnect (NRI).
Penobscot River Restoration Trust: Project Management
The Penobscot River Restoration Project is one of the largest and most creative river restoration projects in our nation’s history. Verrill Dana has partnered with the Trust and its member organizations to coordinate the complex and multi-disciplinary project, which has spanned over six years.
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 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.
Water and Wastewater: Helping Water Systems Develop and Carry Out Consolidation Plans That Are Right for Their Community
Verrill Dana has assisted local water districts in a wide range of regional planning efforts, ranging from enhancing communications with local municipalities, to formation of a regional water council, to the interconnection of water systems, to full merger or consolidation.

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

June 6, 2017
Muskie Fund Honors Verrill Dana’s William Harwood for 30 years of Leadership and Advocacy
Press Releases
William S. Harwood

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

July 19, 2016
Verrill Dana’s Energy and Utilities Groups Recognized for Best Client Service in BTI Power Rankings 2016
Press Releases
Juliet T. Browne, William S. Harwood

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

October 7, 2013
Governor and PUC Chair to Keynote Natural Gas Seminar
Press Releases
William S. Harwood

August 15, 2013
Six Verrill Dana Attorneys Selected as Lawyers of the Year
Press Releases
David S. Abramson, Charles P. Bacall, Gregory S. Fryer, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, William S. Harwood

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

January 24, 2013
Verrill Dana Partner to Chair 10th Annual Campaign for Justice
Press Releases
William S. Harwood

June 7, 2012
Verrill Dana Ranked Among Top Firms 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., Christopher J.W. Coggeshall, James I. Cohen, Kimberly S. Couch, Douglas P. Currier, Gregory S. Fryer, Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Nathaniel R. Hull, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier, Christopher R. Smith

June 30, 2011
William Harwood Elected Chair of the Boards of Brady Campaign and Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Press Releases
William S. Harwood

June 20, 2011
William Harwood’s Pro Bono Efforts Honored by Maine State Bar Association
Press Releases
William S. Harwood

October 23, 2009
Verrill Dana Congratulates VLP On Pilot Program
Press Releases
William S. Harwood

October 22, 2008
NRCM Gives Award to Law Firms in Portland and D.C. for River Restoration Efforts
Media Mentions
William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy

July 5, 2006
Two Verrill Dana Attorneys Appointed as Adjunct Professors at the University of Maine School of Law
Press Releases
William S. Harwood, William H. Stiles

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

June 28, 2018
PODCAST: Verrill Dana Utilities Group Publishes Maine Regulation of Public Utilities: Second Edition
Published Works
William Harwood

September 28, 2017
Natural Gas: Powering Maine’s Future
Seminar Materials
James Cohen and William Harwood

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

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

September 10, 2011
Hallowell Group Urges Lawsuit About Sewer Rates

May 27, 2010
Water System Sustainability- Symposium Materials
Seminar Materials

November 12, 2009
Liability for Accidents at Construction Sites: Do Water Districts Have Immunity?
Published Works
William Harwood

April 1, 2005
Keep it Flowing
Published Works
Nora Healy and William Harwood

Events

October 18, 2018
Natural Gas: Focus on the 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

September 29, 2016
Gun Violence in Maine: How Best to Respond
Speaking Engagements
William S. Harwood

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

February 12, 2015
The Challenges of Controlling Winter Heating Costs William S. Harwood

October 9, 2014
Natural Gas: Continued Growth in Maine?
Hosted Events

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

December 14, 2012
Public Utilities Regulation: The Best Path Forward
Speaking Engagements

of the American Bar Foundation (1999)

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Energy
  • Telecommunications
  • Water & Wastewater Utilities
  • Energy - Electric Transmission & Distribution
  • Energy - Hydro Power
  • Energy - Judicial Appeals
  • Energy - Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Energy - Natural Gas
  • Energy - Rate Cases
  • Energy - Solar Power

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4702  Phone
(207) 253-4703  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/wharwood
University Attended:
Harvard University, B.A., 1974
Law School Attended:
Fordham University, J.D., cum laude, 1978
Year of First admission:
1978
Admission:
1979, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; 2000, U.S. Court of Appeals (First Circuit); 1978, Massachusetts; 1979, Maine
Memberships:

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association: Chair, Administrative Law Section (1990 to 1994)
fellow, Maine Justice Foundation
Massachusetts Bar Association
Maine Bar Foundation (Director, 1986-1992; President, 1991)
Elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation (1999)

ISLN:
906639861

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