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Practice Area | Energy

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Orr & Reno's energy practice group is a knowledgeable and skilled team of attorneys who have extensive experience assisting clients with a broad range of energy-related needs, including regulatory compliance, environmental issues, and the acquisition, operation and sale of facilities and other interests.

In addition, we regularly assist clients in the development of energy projects and provides comprehensive support in connection with financing, siting, permitting, construction and taxation of new energy facilities. Our team also helps real estate developers and other commercial and industrial consumers of energy with energy-related issues. The firm's clients include electric and gas utilities, independent (merchant) generators, competitive electric suppliers, competitive electric and gas aggregators, commercial, industrial and residential customers, and owners and developers of generation projects, including commercial wind energy, hydroelectric and biomass facilities.

The group has over seventy five (75) years of combined experience representing these interests before various tribunals, including the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the New Hampshire courts. The group works closely with other practice groups, including Environmental, Land Use, Real Estate and Litigation,to ensure that clients receive the full range of expertise. 

Practice Focus

Orr & Reno represents energy clients in a broad range of concerns, including:


  • Distribution rate cases and related proceedings
  • Periodic Rate adjustment proceedings
  • Special contracts
  • Proceedings relating to deregulation, and competitive generation and supply issues
  • Transmission issues
  • Siting approval, permits and general regulatory compliance
  • Merger and Acquisition approvals
  • Energy efficiency
  • Rulemaking proceedings


  • Federal and state air permits, including Clean Air Act Title V permits, and related operational compliance issues
  • Federal storm water and water discharge permits for construction and industrial operations compliance counseling for air, water, waste and energy issues
  • Federal and regional greenhouse gas compliance counseling
  • Environmental due diligence, brownfields and related liability protections
  • State-related determinations for pollution control tax exemptions
  • Energy-related certifications and funding


  • Utility mergers and acquisitions
  • Due diligence for parties interested in purchasing or financing utility development
  • Power purchase agreements
  • Interconnection agreements
  • Contract negotiation and restructuring
  • Transactions related to generation facilities including property sale, acquisition and financing
  • Real estate matters, e.g. leases, easements, conservation easements, deeds, etc.

Local and Municipal

  • Local land use and municipal permitting concerns
  • Taxation issues, including PILOT agreements, tax abatements and exemptions
  • Pollution control and other environmental exemptions


  • Litigation, including administrative, trial court and appellate matters
  • Power purchase agreements
  • Contract disputes
  • Bankruptcy
  • Appellate litigation of regulatory decisions
  • Tax Abatement

Best Lawyers in America ranks Orr & Reno’s Energy practice as a “Tier 1” group.

Connie Boyles Lane
Lane, Connie Boyles
(603) 223-9129
Susan S Geiger
Geiger, Susan S
(603) 223-9154
Maureen D Smith
Smith, Maureen D
(603) 223-9166
Douglas L Patch
Patch, Douglas L
(603) 223-9161
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