Energy and Public Utilities Law

Energy and Public Utilities Law

Whether you are an independent power producer, private utility company, or a public utility, doing business in Hawai`i requires understanding Hawaii’s public utilities law and being able to interact effectively with the State of Hawai`i Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and other stakeholders.  Our attorneys understand the applicable law, know how the Hawai`i PUC functions, and can get your matters properly represented before the commission.  Our calls get returned and your interests get protected.    

We provide certain Energy and Public Utilities services on a flat fee basis.  Our Energy and Public Utilities Services include:

  • Applying for a certificate public convenience and necessity for energy, water, and wastewater utilities as well as for motor carriers
  • Obtaining change of control and other approvals from the public utilities commission
  • Negotiating power purchase agreements for independent power producers
  • Negotiating agreements for the creation of a microgrid
  • Intervening in utility dockets
  • Reviewing and negotiating financing agreements, contribution agreements, and other documents required for project development
  • Issuing legal opinions on regulatory and corporate matters for financing arrangements

Representative Experience in Public Utilities Law and Energy Law

  • Represented a publicly-traded, energy corporation with over 200 million dollars market cap in an investment by a private equity fund to expand operations
  • Represented a land developer in negotiating a power purchase agreement with an independent power producer
  • Represented a telecommunications company in obtaining pole access on county-owned poles
  • Represented a nationally-known developer in the acquisition of water and wastewater utility
  • Represented a state-wide motor carrier in the attempted acquisition of substantially all the assets of a competitor
  • Issued legal opinions that allowed a publicly-traded energy company to obtain financing and investment to build solar farms with up to 110 MW capacity
  • Negotiated a proposed equity sale of a wind farm to a potential investor

Flat Fee Services

  • Applications to the Hawaii PUC
  • Power Purchase Agreements
  • Operations and Maintenance Agreements
  • Financing Agreements
  • Contribution Agreements
  • Legal Opinion Letters