Energy Facility Siting

McLane Middleton is a leading New England law firm in matters pertaining to the siting of energy facilities and infrastructure, including assisting clients in proceedings before the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (NHSEC), as well as local permitting and land use approvals for smaller projects.

McLane Middleton has a well-established presence in Massachusetts.  With offices in Boston and Woburn, our Massachusetts practice covers a broad range of areas that complement our siting practice.

Some of our Energy Practice Group’s representative siting work is highlighted in the following professional engagements:

  • McLane Middleton obtained a Certificate of Site and Facility from the NHSEC for Eversource to build the Seacoast Reliability Project, a new 115 kV transmission line in four New Hampshire seacoast towns.
  • We represent Northern Pass Transmission LLC and Public Service Company of New Hampshire before the NHSEC and the New Hampshire Supreme Court regarding the siting of a new 192 mile DC/AC electric transmission line from the Canadian border to southern New Hampshire.
  • We obtained a Certificate from the NHSEC for Eversource and National Grid to construct the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project, a new 345 kV electric transmission line in southern New Hampshire.
  • We secured a Certificate from the NHSEC for Antrim Wind Energy regarding the siting of a new 29 MW wind farm in Antrim, NH.
  • Our attorneys handled all siting work before the NHSEC pertaining to the redevelopment of a former paper mill site in Berlin, NH, into a new 75 Megawatt (MW) biomass power plant.
  • We handled the siting work before the NHSEC regarding the construction of the AES Londonderry 720 MW combined cycle natural gas-fired power plant in Londonderry, NH.
  • McLane Middleton managed all siting work before the NHSEC in connection with the expansion of a 17-mile interstate gas transmission pipeline from Dracut, MA to Manchester, NH.
  • McLane Middleton obtained a Certificate for a new 230 kV tap line in Littleton, New Hampshire.
  • We have been involved in various Certificate transfer and exemption proceedings before the NHSEC.

McLane Middleton’s Energy Practice Group also provides comprehensive and innovative solutions to renewable and clean technology companies, working collaboratively with our Corporate, Tax and Intellectual Property practice groups.  Together, we specialize in managing the legal needs of innovators, start-ups, and established companies as they strive to navigate complex regulations and requirements in the renewable energy space.  Our Energy Practice Group is experienced with many different renewable energy technologies, including Solar, Wind and Hydropower.

In addition to the NHSEC, our attorneys practice before federal and state agencies and tribunals in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), New Hampshire Public Utility Commission (NHPUC).


For additional information, contact Barry Needleman, chair of the firm's Energy Law Group.