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“It is particularly gratifying to help clients secure approvals needed to advance projects while avoiding costly delays that would risk their investments.”

Raquel Herrera-Soto is an associate at Murtha Cullina and member of the firm’s Energy, Environmental, Utilities and Renewable Energy practices.

Since joining Murtha Cullina in 2021, Raquel has worked with a variety of individuals and companies in the energy and public utility sectors on matters related to permitting, compliance and commercial transactions. She also completed a short-term assignment in the offices of one of the firm’s clients where she assisted their in-house legal department with energy and corporate matters. Raquel’s practice includes monitoring and updating clients on regulatory agency actions; preparing applications, motions and filings for agency proceedings; researching statutory and regulatory requirements related to proposed projects; and preparing agreements for corporate transactions. 

Raquel spent more than 10 years working on permitting and regulatory matters for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. That experience, which provided insight into what regulatory bodies look for when determining compliance, allows her to provide strategic counsel on issues her clients face. Her position with the State also offered the opportunity to work with different industries and learn about the various technologies and processes employed in their operations.  

  • Monitored Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) and Connecticut Siting Council proceedings for an energy company and drafted filings for proceedings involving the client.

  • Advised an energy company in the preparation of bids for renewable energy solicitation programs, applications with the Connecticut Siting Council and filings for PURA proceedings.

  • Prepared motions and related filings for a utility company’s PURA proceedings.

  • Researched statutory regulatory requirements related to a public utility’s Connecticut Siting Council applications for electronic transmission projects. 

  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

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