Energy/Utilities

Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell’s Energy & Utilities practice has the expertise needed to help local, regional and international clients achieve a wide range of complex energy and environmental goals. The Practice area’s seasoned professionals combine industry experience and regulatory insight with legal know-how, economic analysis, and business understanding. We represent electric and natural gas transmission and distribution companies as well as regulated and merchant power suppliers, including investors, developers, owners, and operators of renewable energy facilities. We also serve as counsel and advisors to businesses and municipalities in their role as consumers of regulated and unregulated energy services.

best law firmThe firm was awarded metropolitan first-tier rankings in the 2018 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings, including a first-tier ranking in administrative / regulatory law. In addition, Donald Pfundstein was selected Concord's Goverment Relations "Lawyer of the Year" for 2018, 2016 and 2013 by Best Lawyers®.

Small renewable generators, large investor-owned utilities, and energy consumers of all sizes turn to us for guidance and assistance. Our professionals are experienced in the electric, gas, petroleum, LNG, nuclear, and hydroelectric industry sectors. We combine the in-depth experience of our Energy and Utilities Practice with the expertise of our other practices, including Corporate, Taxation, Economic Research & Analysis, Government Relations/Lobbying, and Environmental Law, to assist our energy clients with their business needs, including:

  • Utility mergers
  • Power plant sales and purchases 
  • Development and execution of permitting strategies for the design, siting, construction and operation of generation, transmission and distribution facilities
  • Acquisition and condemnation of rights of way
  • Proceedings before state and local siting and permitting authorities, including the state’s Energy Facility Siting and Evaluation Committee and the Department of Environmental Services
  • Negotiation of utility tax assessments and Payment-In-Lieu-of-Tax agreements, and abatement litigation
  • Regulatory proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission
  • Analysis of proposed energy and environmental laws, rules, policies and tariffs
  • Creation of a favorable policy environment by developing and implementing effective legislative and regulatory strategies
  • Funding proposals for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
  • Negotiation and review of energy supply contracts.

The Energy & Utilities practice provides its clients with a wide range of services, for example:

  • Representing regulated electric and natural gas utilities before the NH Public Utilities Commission in a variety of proceedings involving rates, financings, energy efficiency programs, and infrastructure upgrades and maintenance    
  • Advising on the construction and reconductoring of electric transmission lines
  • Representing and securing approvals for an international natural gas pipeline, one of the largest linear infrastructure projects ever constructed in the region
  • Securing approvals for a 525-megawatt combined cycle electric generation plant
  • Securing approvals for a natural gas compressor station.
  • Securing an exemption from certification for a petroleum "fuel transfer" pipeline
  • Serving as New Hampshire counsel on the sale of a $750 million combined cycle electric power plant
  • Developing database management tools to track energy facility permitting and the acquisition and condemnation of transmission rights of way
  • Assisting an industrial client in creating an efficient energy strategy that included co-generation, by using economic, regulatory and cost-benefit analyses of energy options.
  • Working to pass a law enabling Payment-in-Lieu-of-Tax Agreements for renewable generators and then negotiated such agreements under the new law
  • Assisting in preparation of a proposal requesting funding from NH’s Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) fund for a small wind generation project
  • Assisting in preparation of a proposal requesting funding from NH’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) fund for an energy efficiency jobs training program.