Douglas L. Patch
Doug represents clients on energy matters, primarily in regulatory, administrative and legislative venues. He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator as part of his alternative dispute resolution practice. Doug has represented clients before the Public Utilities Commission, Site Evaluation Committee, Department of Safety and in other administrative proceedings. He has helped obtain regulatory approvals for electric generation facilities, including wind farms and other generating facilities, has represented clients seeking approval for mergers, acquisitions and transfers of ownership, and has conducted due diligence reviews for potential purchasers. He has represented utilities and intervened in utility proceedings for various companies, organizations, ratepayer groups, and municipalities. Through his alternative dispute resolution practice he has mediated and arbitrated issues related to electric, telecommunications and water industries, as well as environmental matters.
In addition to fifteen years in private practice representing a variety of clients, Doug brings twenty-three years of public service experience to his practice, including a nine and one-half year term as Chairman of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, three and one-half years as an Assistant Attorney General, and six years as Assistant Commissioner for the Department of Safety.
- Represented Granite Reliable Power in obtaining approval for a 99MW wind project
- Represented TransCanada Power Marketing in various PUC matters and before the Legislature
Doug enjoys tennis, gardening and reading.
Doug prides himself on being responsive and helping clients to evaluate practical solutions to their problems, including legal and legislative remedies.
Professional and Community Involvement
- American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Neutrals, Commercial Panel, Boston Regional Office
- Former Chair, New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners
- Former Co-Chair, New England Governors’ Conference Power Planning Committee
- Former member, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Committee on Electricity and Sub-committee on Nuclear Issues – Waste Disposal
- Former Chair, NH Nuclear Decommissioning Finance Committee
- Former Vice Chairman, New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee
- Chairman, Y2K Task Force
- Chair of the Board of Directors, The Jordan Institute
- Former coach, Little League Baseball
- Board Member, Bow Soccer Club
- Campaign Chair, Merrimack County United Way
Honors & Distinctions
- Cited in The Best Lawyers in America, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for energy law
- New Hampshire Magazine’s Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year 2016, Energy Law – Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America
- PSNH Should Exit Power Generation Business – New Hampshire Business Review (2013)
- Fundamentals of the site evaluation process – New Hampshire Business Review (2013)
- Are smart meters spying on you? – New Hampshire Business Review (2012)
- Legislature’s Energy Plate Will Be Full in 2012 – New Hampshire Business Review (2012)