The structure of our Utilities Group makes us uniquely positioned to service utility and energy clients on both regulatory and environmental matters. Our environmental and utilities lawyers work collaboratively to provide a full range of transactional, structuring, financial, permitting, compliance, risk management, regulatory, and siting needs. This allows us to better understand the broad range of concerns that impact our utility and energy clients and to develop creative, yet streamlined approaches to complex issues.
Our environmental lawyers are well versed in navigating the broad range of local, state, and federal permitting requirements; water quality and quantity concerns; issues related to endangered species, fish, and fish passage; and due diligence related to facility acquisition or expansion.
Successfully defended Verizon Wireless in the closely watched Town of Westport tower siting appeal.
Counsel to competitive suppliers of electricity in various matters before the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control.
Representation of Waterbury Generation LLC, a subsidiary of FirstLight Power Resources, in proceeding to revise master agreement approved by the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) between Waterbury Generation and United Illuminating Company. Required revision to a long-term contract approved by the DPUC to which United Illuminating was counterparty. Robinson & Cole negotiated with various stakeholders to reach an amendment acceptable to all parties and then filed a request to reopen the proceeding and amend the contract.
Persuaded trial court to dismiss appeal for lack of standing where appellant challenged Connecticut Siting Council authorization to build and operate telecommunications facility in Northwest, Connecticut; successfully defended that decision and numerous other issues raised on appeal at the Connecticut Appellate Court and the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Convinced district court to dismiss civil rights action under Rooker-Feldman Doctrine, issue preclusion, claim preclusion, and standing principles where unsuccessful litigant in earlier state and federal cases against telecommunications provider refiled the same claims styled as civil rights violations in federal court. Successfully defended judgement at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.