Biography

Eric J. Krathwohl, a Managing Director and member/shareholder of the firm., concentrates on energy, telecommunications and regulatory matters, including renewable energy projects and corporate and finance work for electric, gas water utility, and telecommunications companies. For over thirty years, Eric has had an active practice before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and Department of Telecommunications and Cable and many other regulatory commissions, having represented energy and telecommunications companies in scores of adjudicatory and rulemaking proceedings throughout the northeast U.S. and beyond. Also, his practice has included representation of clients in numerous commercial transactions. He has been active in matters relating to restructuring of the electric, gas and telecommunications industries, and increasing competition in those industries. Eric has represented clients in several matters before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and has been a speaking panelist with top industry and government officials at conferences on a variety of energy, telecommunications, and water issues. He also has considerable experience in a variety of corporate and contractual matters in the telecommunications and energy fields.

Representative Matters

Represented several real estate developers in resolving water supply challenges through establishing water supply companies, including associated environmental and utility regulatory compliance.

Represented developers and off-takers in numerous renewable energy generation projects (primarily wind and solar), handling PPAs, EPC contracts, wind Turbine Supply Agreements, Net-metering contracts, etc.

Developed and implemented strategies yielding a significant institutional client a $1.5 million reduction in connection costs from a local electric distribution company.

Provided counsel for several "inside the fence" cogeneration arrangements, including $15,000,000 financing and $45,000,000 plant development and power sale.

Successfully represented clients including utilities, customers, generators, marketers and the independent system operator in a variety of regulatory and/or contract matters in the electric, natural gas, telecom and water industries.

Assisted electric and gas (and water) distribution companies in obtaining favorable rate treatment in dozens of proceedings, primarily in Massachusetts and New York.

Obtained numerous siting and permit approvals for natural gas and electric facilities, including cases involving environmentally sensitive areas and/or active opposition.

Represented several electric, natural gas, telecom, water and technology companies in mergers and acquisitions (buy and sell sides) and joint ventures with values ranging $10MM to $200MM+.

Honors

Chairman of the NECA Retail Markets Committee

Named a 2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Business, Commercial, Land Use, Zoning and General Practice by Martindale-Hubbell.

Co-chair of NECA’s Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation Committee 2007 – 2008

Awarded the highest ranking by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (AV – Legal Ability Rating: Very High to Preeminent).

Named a “New England Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine 2005-2016.

Speaking Engagements & Publications

“Water Utility Regulation,” presented at the “MA Water Laws and Regulations” Seminar held by HalfMoon Seminars, June 13, 2012.

“Clean Renewable Energy Bonds,” presented to the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Renewable Energy Conference, March 1, 2007.

“Energy Policy Act of 2005: Better or Bitter for Renewables?” presented to Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Renewable Energy Committee, September 13, 2005.

“Interconnection Economics – Regulatory Issues,” presented at the NECA Renewable Energy Conference, March 18, 2004.

“Interconnection Standards for Small Power Projects,” presented to NECA Renewables Committee, November 24, 2003.

“The Convergence of Energy and Telecommunications Industries and Services,” presented October 4, 1999.

Massachusetts Procedure: Administrative Procedure §§ 13:1 – 18:96, Rochester, NY: Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 1996.

“Gas Purchasing – Business, Legal, and Contracting Issues” in Customer Choice: Purchasing Energy in Deregulated Market, compiled and edited by Albert Thumann, Lilburn, GA: The Fairmont Press, Inc., 1999: pp. 187-193.

“Retail Energy Contracts: Choices for Customers” in Cogeneration and Competitive Power Journal Vol. 14, No.2 (Spring 1999): pp. 33-39 (editor-in-chief F. William Payne, published: Lilburn, GA: The Fairmont Press, Inc.)

Community Involvement

Town of Ipswich Cable Contract Advisory Committee Chairperson 2014-2015

Advisory Board Essex County Trails Association

Coach of the Ipswich Youth Soccer Team, 1998 – 2010 (Mass. Tournament of Champions Berth 2010); Girls Director- 2005-2010

Boston Athletic Association Member

Founding member of the Ipswich Citizens Advocating Renewable Energy; Member

Professional Affiliations

Member of the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England

Massachusetts Net-metering Task Force Member

Chairman of the Boston Bar Association Energy and Telecommunications Law Committee from 1995 to 1998 and a member of several other energy and bar associations

Member of the Executive Committee of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (NECA) 2008 - Present

Member of the Executive Board of the International Alliance of Law Firms 2014 - Present

MIT Enterprise Forum Energy Special interest Group and its annual Clean Energy Business Plan Competition 2005 – 2009

Clean Tech Open Mentor 2009-2015