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Paul R. McCary, of counsel at Murtha Cullina, has practiced in the energy and public utility areas since 1981.  Beginning with early PURPA projects, he negotiated power sales agreements involving cogeneration and small power production projects.

Before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Paul has handled several traditional gas and water utility rate cases and has represented merchant generators in numerous proceedings involving utility divestiture, standard service procurement and requests for proposal proceedings. He has also represented large gas and electricity consumers with respect to commodities acquisition and gas transportation agreements. On behalf of large electric users he has supported the development of behind-the-meter distributed generation facilities, sub-metering and participation in demand response programs. Paul was an active participant in the electric industry restructuring effort in Connecticut, representing a power marketer seeking to implement customer choice at the retail level and independent power producers seeking to design, permit, finance and construct merchant power plants.

Paul is the author of several articles concerning cogeneration, including “Cogeneration in Connecticut” which appeared in the Connecticut Bar Journal. He co-authored a chapter of a book published by the American Bar Association on evaluating competitive electricity offers. He served on the Connecticut General Assembly’s Electric Industry Restructuring Task Force. He co-authored an article on microgrids which was published in the March 2013 edition of Public Utilities Fortnightly.

  • "Cogeneration in Connecticut," Connecticut Bar Journal Vol. 59 No. 5 (1985)

  • "Reducing Interconnection Costs: Avoiding The CIAC Trap, " The Generation Journal Vol. 4 No. 2 (1989)

  • Co-author, "Capturing the Power of Electric Restructuring," American Bar Association Chapter on Evaluating Competitive Offers (2009)

  • Co-author, "Peaceful Co-Existence - Independent Microgrids," Public Utilities Fortnightly (March 2013)

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Public Utility Law Section Executive Committee

  • American Bar Association, Section of Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law

  • Energy Bar Association

  • Northeast Energy and Commerce Association, Board of Directors

  • Connecticut Power and Energy Society (formerly known as the Connecticut Cogeneration Society), Past President

  • National Association of Water Companies

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Leo Parskey, Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court (1980-1981)

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