Jared des Rosiers' practice focuses on complex energy regulatory, infrastructure development and siting, and litigation matters before the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and state and federal courts around the country.

In each case, Jared strives to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for success in collaboration with his clients and then to efficiently implement that plan through advocacy, negotiation and creativity.  When litigation is necessary, Jared uses discovery, witness preparation, motion practice, and trial, as necessary, in order to achieve his clients' business, regulatory, and policy goals in the most cost-effective manner possible.

Jared has broad experience on energy regulatory, siting, and investigation matters including representation of clients with respect to issues of transmission development and siting, rate recovery and design, ISO/RTO participation and market design, enforcement investigations, power purchase agreement disputes, and smart grid implementation.

Jared is also a member of the firm's Management Committee and Chair of the firm's energy infrastructure development group.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Named 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" for Energy Law in Portland, Maine by The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Nominated as Avangrid's "Supplier of the Year" for Service Excellence in 2016 and 2017
  • Included since 2010 in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and Energy Law
  • Recognized in Chambers USA in the area of Energy & Natural Resources
  • Named by Super Lawyers as a top rated lawyer in Maine for Energy & Natural Resources since 2012
  • Named a Maine Bar Fellow in 2010

Professional Activities

  • Member, Cumberland County and Maine State Bar Associations
  • Member, Energy Bar Association
  • Jared regularly participates in regulatory and energy infrastructure seminars, including Burns & McDonnell's symposium on stakeholder relations for transmission projects (October 2016), the LSI, Energy in the Northeast programs (September 2016 & 2015), ABA’s webinar Current Legal Challenges in Energy and Water Infrastructure Development (August 2016), Harvard Electricity Policy Group's winter meeting (February 2007) and the ABA's "Quick Teleconference" (January 2007) on the Ninth Circuit's decision in Public Utilities Commission of California v. FERC.
  • Jared also organizes and hosts Pierce Atwood's annual Energy Infrastructure symposium, which strives to educate and connect policymakers, developers, investors and other stakeholders interested in the development of energy infrastructure in the Northeast.

Publications

  • Co-author, Mobile-Sierra and Market-Based Regulation: How Will the Supreme Court Strike the Balance? American Bar Association Energy Litigation Journal. Spring 2008
  • CAISO's Physical Validation Settlement Service: A Useful Tool for All LMP-Based Markets. The Electricity Journal, Vol. 18, Issue 8. October 2005

Civic Activities

  • President, Notre Dame Law Association, 2013-2015
  • Regional Director, Notre Dame Law Association, 2007-2013
  • Member, Notre Dame Law School Advisory Council, 2013-2015
  • Trustee, Maine Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection, 2011-2017
  • Finance Council Member, Holy Martyrs Parish, Falmouth, Maine, 2006-2011
  • Alternate Public Member, Maine Labor Relations Board, 2000-2010
  • Volunteer, Preble Street Resource Center, 2015-present 

Practice Areas

In recent years, Jared has successfully served as lead counsel on several major energy regulatory proceedings, transmission projects, and commercial disputes in Maine, the other New England states, Utah, and Washington, DC.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of Maine's largest transmission and distribution utility in:
    • Preparing proposals for high voltage transmission solutions to deliver clean energy from western and northern Maine and Canada in response to Massachusetts 2017 Section 83D solicitation 
    • Serving as lead counsel for permitting a high voltage transmission line between Maine and Quebec before the MPUC, Maine DEP, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. DOE and ISO-NE
    • Participating in a Maine PUC investigation regarding affiliate generation issues (MPUC Docket No. 2017-00006) and Maine PUC rulemaking (MPUC Docket No. 2017-00262)
    • Proposing two 345 kV transmission solutions in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Clean Energy RFP to transmit large quantities of new renewable resources located in northern and western Maine to the ISO-NE grid
    • Obtaining approval for the implementation of a new Customer Relationship Management and Billing System (MPUC Docket No. 2015-40)
    • Seeking approval of a 345 kV transmission line linking the Northern Maine Transmission System to ISO New England in a first-of-its-kind competitive transmission approval proceeding before the Maine PUC (MPUC Docket No. 2014-48) 
    • Obtaining approval of a 10.7% increase in distribution rates, significant modifications to rate design and revenue decoupling mechanism, and an improved storm cost recovery mechanism in a 16-month rate case proceeding (MPUC Docket No. 2013-168)
    • Obtaining a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for the Maine Power Reliability Program, a $1.4 billion transmission upgrade across the state of Maine (MPUC Docket No. 2008-255) and representing the client utility on related disputes with neighboring landowners and contractors before the Maine PUC and in the U.S. District Court for Maine
    • Obtaining a CPCN for major transmission upgrades in the Lewiston/Auburn area (MPUC Docket No. 2011-420)
    • Participating in the Maine PUC investigation of transmission planning criteria which established "safe harbor" standards that closely tracked those proposed by firm clients (MPUC Docket No. 2011-494)
  • Representation of a major transmission developer regarding the development of a 1000 MW HVDC transmission solution in New York State, including assistance on NYISO public policy transmission planning and NYPSC Article VII filing
  • Representation of a power marketer in a confidential investigation by FERC's Office of Enforcement concerning scheduling certain physical power transactions between ISO/RTOs
  • Representation of a large power marketer in an arbitration against the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) regarding MISO's after-the-fact rejection of certain Financial Transmission Rights    

Representative Experience

  • Representation of Maine's largest transmission and distribution utility in:
    • Preparing proposals for high voltage transmission solutions to deliver clean energy from western and northern Maine and Canada in response to Massachusetts 2017 Section 83D solicitation 
    • Serving as lead counsel for permitting a high voltage transmission line between Maine and Quebec before the MPUC, Maine DEP, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. DOE and ISO-NE
    • Participating in a Maine PUC investigation regarding affiliate generation issues (MPUC Docket No. 2017-00006) and Maine PUC rulemaking (MPUC Docket No. 2017-00262)
    • Proposing two 345 kV transmission solutions in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Clean Energy RFP to transmit large quantities of new renewable resources located in northern and western Maine to the ISO-NE grid
    • Seeking approval of a 345 kV transmission line linking the Northern Maine Transmission System to ISO New England in a first-of-its-kind competitive transmission approval proceeding before the Maine PUC (MPUC Docket No. 2014-48) 
    • Obtaining a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for the Maine Power Reliability Program, a $1.4 billion transmission upgrade across the state of Maine (MPUC Docket No. 2008-255) and representing the client utility on related disputes with neighboring landowners and contractors before the Maine PUC and in the U.S. District Court for Maine
    • Obtaining a CPCN for major transmission upgrades in the Lewiston/Auburn area (MPUC Docket No. 2011-420)
  • Representation of a major transmission developer regarding the development of a 1000 MW HVDC transmission solution in New York State, including assistance on NYISO public policy transmission planning and NYPSC Article VII filing

Representative Experience

  • Represented major spring water company obtaining Maine PUC approval for a contract with a local water utility (MPUC Docket No. 2012-487; Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 2016 ME 71)
  • Represented Canyons ski resort in Park City, Utah in a breach of contract dispute in Utah State Court that resulted in a $54.4 million verdict, one of the largest in Utah history, for our client
  • Represent on a pro bono basis non-profit senior transportation provider in breach of contract/non-competition lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Maine