Douglas L. Patch

by wpengine | September 14, 2016 12:01 am

Doug represents clients on energy matters, primarily in regulatory, administrative, and legislative venues.  Doug has represented clients before the Public Utilities Commission, Site Evaluation Committee, Department of Safety, and in other administrative proceedings as well as before the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  He has worked on regulatory approvals for electric generation facilities, including wind, solar, 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 siting and utility proceedings for various companies, competitive suppliers, organizations, ratepayer groups, and municipalities, on natural gas, electric transmission, and water issues.  Through his alternative dispute resolution practice he has mediated and arbitrated issues related to electric, telecommunications, and water industries, as well as environmental matters.

Past Experience

In addition to nineteen 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.

Notable cases


Doug enjoys tennis, gardening, and reading.

Personal Qualities

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

Professional Involvement

Community Involvement

Honors & Distinctions


  1. Orr & Reno Energy/Environmental Blog:
  2. How Using Solar Energy Can Benefit Home and Business:
  3. PSNH Should Exit Power Generation Business:
  4. Fundamentals of the Site Evaluation Process:
  5. Are Smart Meters Spying on You?:
  6. Legislature’s Energy Plate Will Be Full in 2012:

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