William S. Harwood - Verrill Dana LLP

William S. Harwood

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993

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.

Harvard UniversityBA 1974Fordham UniversityJ.D. 1978
Maine Bar FoundationMassachusetts Bar AssociationMaine State Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Foundation

Office Location

One Portland Square
P.O. Box 586
Portland, ME 04112-0586
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law of the Portland-ME Metro Area
William S. Harwood has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law (Energy, Regulatory, Utilities)
Energy Law (Administrative, Cogeneration, Electricity, Energy Companies, Hydroelectric, Mergers & Acquisitions, Public Utility, Regulatory, Water)
Energy Regulatory Law

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