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Public Utilities and Telecommunications

Goodsill has long served as outside general counsel to several major Hawaii public utility companies, including those providing electric, communication, water and sewer services, as well as exempt telecommunications providers and common carriers of property and passengers. Examples of our work in these areas include:

  • Agency Matters - represent clients in rate-setting, certificate of public convenience and necessity, power purchase agreement with independent power producer, integrated resource planning, merger and consolidation of public utility corporations, certification to provide telecommunications service, and other administrative proceedings of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission; as well as proceedings before the Environmental Protection Agency, the Hawaii Department of Health, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and appeals of administrative decisions to state and federal courts.
  • Corporate Matters - negotiate, represent and advise clients with respect to contracts, leases, financing agreements, and general corporate matters.
  • Compliance Matters - represent, assist and advise clients with respect to compliance with applicable federal and state statutes and regulations, including emissions, thermal and other environmental standards; assist clients in obtaining government permits and variances; and assist in drafting proposed legislation and advise in legislative matters.
  • Litigation - represent utility clients in pursuing claims ranging from breach of contract or warranty to recovery of damages resulting from destruction of fixtures or equipment, as well as defense of self-insured claims. The firm is also retained by insurers of major utility clients to defend against liability claims for injury and property or other damage resulting from construction accidents, collisions with utility poles, and thermal and chemical pollution.

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