Jonathan Nase discusses the Commonwealth Court's decision in David N. Hommrich v. Comm., Pa. Pub. Util. Comm’n.
Cozen O’Connor’s Utility & Energy Practice guides clients through complex regulatory approvals by state public utility commissions and other federal and state regulatory agencies, and represents clients in utility- and energy-related transactions, litigation, enforcement actions, and regulatory proceedings. We represent public utilities (water/wastewater, natural gas, electric, transportation, and telecommunication), offshore wind developers, infrastructure investment funds, power producers, renewable and clean energy companies, competitive retail suppliers, municipalities and municipal authorities, large institutional and manufacturing consumers, technology companies, and corporate clients. Cozen O’Connor attorneys have decades of relevant legal experience, both in private practice and as state regulatory agency counsel.
State-Regulated Public Utilities
Cozen O’Connor has a premier state-based utility regulatory practice. Led by former counsel to the chair of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, our attorneys have the requisite knowledge and relationships to help utility clients achieve success. Our clients include water and wastewater, electric, natural gas, steam and chilled water, transportation, and telecommunications service providers. We represent clients before state public utility commissions (primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region) in a range of matters: base rate cases, mergers and acquisitions, certificate of public convenience, fair market valuation, gas and steam cost, distribution system improvement charge, rate clause filings, electric and natural gas supplier licensing, formal complaints and investigations, securities registration, management audits, affiliated interest agreement, public utility and municipality agreement, energy efficiency and conservation, land use and zoning preemption, transmission line and other utility infrastructure siting, rail-highway crossing, utility financing and asset sale/transfer authorizations, rulemaking, policy-making, and tariff proceedings. We also practice before appellate courts in appeals from public utility commission decisions and related issues.
Water, Wastewater & Stormwater
The water, wastewater, and stormwater utility sectors, including investor-owned utilities as well as municipal and authority-owned systems, face unique regulatory and commercial challenges that require counsel with a deep understanding of the law, infrastructure, and operations. Cozen O’Connor’s national water, wastewater, and stormwater practice, which includes the former general counsel of water utilities located in six states and of a national water and wastewater management services company, handles clients’ most critical transactions and litigation. We guide the sale and long-term lease of water, wastewater, and stormwater systems; negotiate management services contracts; site and obtain permits and other approvals for controversial facilities; assist with the development of filtration plants, pump stations, and water towers; negotiate power purchase agreements; provide guidance on public/private partnerships; handle litigation involving water allocation permits; guide providers on lead and PFAS contamination issues; and resolve water, wastewater, and stormwater-related enforcement actions and litigation.
Cozen O’Connor represents common carriers of passengers and property (such as transportation network, household goods moving, shipping, trucking, taxi cab, and autonomous vehicle companies), as well as transportation logistics companies, in state and federal regulatory matters and disputes. We assist clients with market entry, base rate requests, and certificate of public convenience applications; help navigate complex compliance and enforcement issues; and provide commercial contract review and drafting services.
Customer Complaint Defense
Cozen O’Connor recognizes that a significant challenge for state-regulated public utilities is the effective management of customer complaint cases. The disputes often involve a small dollar amount or a minor service issue; yet, discovery and a full-blown evidentiary hearing is required by the state public utility commission. Using alternative fee arrangements and junior attorneys/staff supervised by experienced utility lawyers, our firm is able to manage customer complaint cases in an efficient and economical manner while keeping a keen-eyed view of broader policy issues that may be implicated by any particular case.
Combined Heat & Power
Cozen O’Connor is an industry leader in combined heat and power (CHP) projects, an increasingly viable option for large energy users to reduce costs, become energy resilient, and generate revenue. The firm has advised and guided CHP projects for universities, health systems, data centers, industrial firms, and hotel/resort/casino complexes. We handle every phase of project development, including due diligence, energy sales and design, build, operating agreements; financeable land leases; regulatory advice; land use and environmental permitting; tax exempt and taxable finance; public/private partnership transactions; land and easement acquisition; incentive programs; and tax planning. Cozen O’Connor also has strong relationships with developers and consultants in the field, enabling the firm to deliver turnkey projects to its clients.
Renewable and Clean Energy
Our attorneys have deep experience with solar, wind energy, hydro-electric, and biofuels, and we regularly represent utility companies, renewable and clean energy developers, manufacturers, investors, lenders, and energy consumers. Cozen O’Connor assists renewable and clean energy projects from start to finish, managing negotiation of sophisticated commercial contracts, pursuit of federal and state government incentives, regulatory filings and compliance, agency outreach, and all aspects of renewable and clean energy project financing, tax strategy, real estate, land use, and zoning.
Oil & Gas
The firm provides corporate, regulatory, and litigation services to upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas clients. We help exploration and production (E&P) companies, oil field service companies, vendors, suppliers, gathering and pipeline companies, refineries, and investors complete transactions, pursue land and access rights, negotiate operational agreements, file comments to rulemakings, and achieve regulatory compliance. Our team also represents clients in diverse litigation and enforcement actions before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. We have notable experience working with companies developing the Marcellus and Utica shales.
October 18, 2021
Jonathan P. Nase discusses why both the buyer and the seller must do their due diligence identifying any permits, licenses, or certificates that must be transferred to the buyer (or otherwise obtained by the buyer) at or before closing.
July 19, 2021
David P. Zambito and Jonathan P. Nase discuss the PUC's various orders gradually ending the emergency measures it took in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 13, 2021
Jonathan Nase discusses the PUC's Act 40 and Act 114 implementation orders regarding alternative energy sources.
March 17, 2021
Michael Connolly, Amorie Hummel, William Lesser, Heidi Schwartz, Josh Stein, and James Van Orden discuss New Jersey and New York's offshore wind energy policies and what the Biden administration has already done to advance offshore wind energy development in federal waters.
March 15, 2021
David P. Zambito and Jonathan P. Nase discuss the additional steps toward returning to pre-COVID-19 pandemic procedures for collecting amounts due for public utility service in Pennsylvania.
February 26, 2021
David P. Zambito and Vincent Candiello discuss how Pennsylvania’s regulated public utilities would be impacted by the legalization of marijuana and if they are not permitted to continue their zero-tolerance drug use policies for employees involved in the operation of critical infrastructure.
February 23, 2021
Jonathan Nase discusses the PUC decisions in response to Armstrong Telecommunications Inc. Petition for Declaratory Order.
February 22, 2021
Jonathan Nase discusses the emergency order generally prohibiting the termination of public utility service by electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunications, and steam utilities, and encouraging the impacted utilities to reconnect service to customers previously terminated, to the extent it could be done safely.
February 19, 2021
Jonathan Nase discusses a provision in the Pennsylvania code that gives the PUC authority to order a proximate capable public utility to acquire a small water or sewer utility that is struggling to remain viable.
February 19, 2021
Michael Klein provides an update on an emergency order issued by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).
February 04, 2021
Jonathan Nase discusses the differences between the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s procedural rules, the General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure, and the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure.
October 22, 2020
Amorie Hummel, Evan Preminger, Michael Connolly, and Greg Eisenstark discuss the New Jersey law that is the first in the nation to require mandatory permit denials under state law for new facilities and to expressly allow the imposition of conditions on renewal and expansion permits for existing facilities based on environmental justice concerns alone.
October 19, 2020
David P. Zambito and Jonathan P. Nase discuss Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille's modifications to the emergency order.
October 13, 2020
Michael Connolly and Greg Eisenstark discuss the NJBPU's Community Solar Program Year 2 application process. Applications for Year 2 community solar projects are due by February 5, 2021.
September 01, 2020
Gregory Eisenstark and Michael J. Connolly discuss the voluntary moratorium on utility shut-offs for non-payment of bills that Gov. Murphy extended to October 15, 2020. The moratorium applies to electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities regulated by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
August 28, 2020
David P. Zambito and Jonathan P. Nase discuss the PUC's postponement of its motion addressing termination of the moratorium so the commission would have more time to evaluate comments that had been filed with the PUC.
August 04, 2020
Jonathan P. Nase discusses the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision in Crown Castle NG East LLC and Pennsylvania-CLE LLC v. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
July 20, 2020
Michael Klein discusses a long-awaited decision by the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, Pa., involving the City of Chester’s request that the court declares that the city is authorized by law to convey the water system assets of the Chester Water Authority (CWA) to the city for its own use.
July 20, 2020
David P. Zambito and Jonathan P. Nase discuss the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission vote on party lines to maintain its moratorium on utility terminations while Governor Tom Wolf’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency on COVID-19 remains in effect.
June 22, 2020
David P. Zambito and Jonathan P. Nase discuss the history and the next steps for Pennsylvania's moratorium on utility terminations.
May 19, 2020
Jonathan Nase discusses the Commonwealth Court's decision in David N. Hommrich v. Comm., Pa. Pub. Util. Comm’n.
April 23, 2020
William Lesser discusses how the extension of Gov. Cuomo's New York State on PAUSE order impacts the utility industry.
April 20, 2020
Greg Eisenstark and Michael Connolly discuss New Jersey's executive order extending deadlines until after the public health emergency.
April 17, 2020
Michael Klein discussed Pennsylvania's new order providing guidance for essential businesses, including utilities, to protect employees and the public.
April 13, 2020
Michael Klein and Michael Connolly provide updates to restrictions Pennsylvania and New Jersey have issued on the energy industry.
April 07, 2020
Dave Zambito, Michael Klein, Michael Connolly, and Jonathan Nase explain what utility companies need to know about their construction projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
March 24, 2020
David Zambito, Michael Klein, Michael Connolly, Gregory Eisenstark, Ira Megdal, and Jonathan Nase discuss the executive orders in New Jersey and Pennsylvania impacting the utility industry.
February 07, 2020
Michael Klein authored an article in the Pennsylvania American Water Works Association’s quarterly magazine, The Water News Source, on regulations related to PFAS contamination.
January 29, 2020
Jonathan P. Nase, James R. Potts and Eric L. Scherling discuss how to address unresolved issues when the PUC orders public utilities to serve as receivers for troubled small utilities.
June 11, 2019
Jonathan Nase co-authored an article explaining the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) powers, rules, and regulations that may apply to municipalities.
May 20, 2019
Peter Fontaine, Michael Klein, and Marcia Mulkey discuss the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's tracking approximately 19 sites with known contamination with PFOA and PFOS and its PFAS sampling plan, targeting 300 public water supplies with elevated potential for contamination and testing for six PFAS compounds
April 18, 2019
Michael Klein authored an article on a ballot question in Baltimore that would determine if the city’s water and sewer systems could be sold, leased, or privatized.
April 12, 2019
Jonathan Nase discusses why it is important for municipal solicitors to understand the Public Utility Commission (PUC) rate making process.
March 29, 2019
Michael Klein discusses the civil and criminal charges water companies could face if found in violation of the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act.
May 18, 2018
David P. Zambito and Jonathan Nase discuss the choice to order 17 Pennsylvania utilities to return more than $320 million to ratepayers.
April 09, 2018
David Zambito and Jonathan Nase discuss Duquesne’s proposed rate increase, which is scheduled to take effect May 29, 2018, and how the PUC proceedings will be one of many cases in which the commission may attempt to implement the new statement of policy to promote CHP.
March 19, 2018
Jonathan Nase discusses the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission' temporary rates order that converted commission-approved rates of most large Pennsylvania public utilities into “temporary rates” for a period of six months in response to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
January 10, 2018
David Zambito, Ira Megdal, Rich Silpe, and Rory Moore discuss the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the changes to the taxation of business enterprises that have significant implications for public utilities.
January 03, 2018
Jonathan Nase and David Zambito discuss proposed changes to 52 Pa. Code § 53.53, including the addition of Exhibit E.
January 01, 2018
Michael Klein, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Utility, Environmental & Energy Practice Group, discusses the rise of sexual harassment awareness in every sector of society, including the water industry, in Pennsylvania American Water Works Association's magazine, The Water News Source.
November 06, 2017
Jonathan P. Nase and George A. Bibikos discuss the transfer of authority from Labor and Industry to the PUC and the significant penalties authorized by the act, as well as steps facility owners or excavators that have obligations under the act should take to understand the amendments.
October 30, 2017
David P. Zambito and Jonathan P. Nase discuss Pennsylvania-American Water Company’s acquisition of the wastewater system owned by the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport.
November 18, 2016
This analysis provides insight into some of the most pertinent business issues President-elect Trump will likely address during his term, and what the election could mean for your industry and your business.
October 25, 2016
Robert Fallon and Mark Lazaroff discuss FERC's recent audit of a company participating in numerous wholesale power markets and highlight errors that can occur with electronic quarterly reports, as well as the actions suggested by FERC and taken by the company to prevent such errors in the future.
May 04, 2016
Michael Klein, David Zambito and Troy Sellars discuss Act 12 that revises Chapter 13 of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Code to provide a framework for valuing, for ratemaking purposes, water and wastewater systems that are owned by a municipal corporation or authority and that are to be acquired by another entity that is or will be regulated by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission as a public utility.
April 19, 2016
Robert Fallon discusses the CFTC issued proposed guidance that two products – common in competitive wholesale electric and natural gas markets – would not be considered swaps under the Dodd-Frank Act.
March 24, 2016
Robert Fallon and Mark Lazaroff discuss the CFTC's final rule that took effect on March 21, 2016. The final rule expands CFTC’s “trade option exemption” and ensures that commodity options will not be subject to the full panoply of regulatory requirements associated with swaps under Dodd-Frank.
February 04, 2016
Robert Fallon and Mark Lazaroff discuss the Supreme Court's decision in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association, et al., upholding FERC Order No. 745 which allows demand response providers to participate in wholesale energy markets.
November 11, 2015
The court upheld a DSIC calculation methodology approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission that excludes an adjustment to the surcharge for ADIT and allows the utility to account for the full amount of state income taxes, without anticipated deductions, associated with DSIC revenues.
October 15, 2015
Michael Klein discusses the Commonwealth Court’s recent decision in Valley Forge Sewer Authority v. Hipwell et all. involving a municipal authority’s efforts to collect rates for several years of services that had been rendered, but not previously billed by the authority due to inaccurate information.
May 29, 2015
The ban generally prohibits PUC employees and their families from accepting any gifts or favors that would influence the manner in which the employees perform their work, make their decisions, or otherwise perform their duties.
April 21, 2015
The Supreme Court today allowed the states a greater role in regulating the energy sector.
January 29, 2015
In September 2014, responsibility for regulation of water and wastewater utilities was transferred from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to the Public Utility Commission (PUC). The transfer allows TCEQ to focus on its core environmental mission while taking advantage of PUC’s historic ratemaking expertise. The PUC originally regulated water and sewer rates, and the agency historically has regulated rates and services of electric and telecommunications companies in areas where competition was weak or nonexistent. According to Darryl Tietjen, director of Rate Regulation for the PUC, one of the basic objectives of the move is to make water regulation more consistent with the way electric utilities are regulated.
November 18, 2014
On October 22, 2014, Governor Corbett signed Act 155 into law. The Act will go into effect 60 days from the date the governor signed it or approximately December 21, 2014. Among other things, this Act revises Section 510 and Chapter 14 of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Code to implement funding changes for the Public Utility Commission (the Commission), expands the types of entities subject to the “responsible utility customer protection[s]” contained within Chapter 14 and extends Chapter 14’s expiration through 2024. These changes will be discussed in more detail below.
June 17, 2014
Cozen O'Connor's Energy Environmental & Public Utility Group convenes a symposium of national experts in Philadelphia to discuss emerging issues surrounding catastrophic releases of hazardous materials.
March 19, 2014
In an article titled “Your Vulnerability and Emergency Response Plan – Friends or Enemies?” Michael Klein recommends – following the recent Elk River chemical spill in West Virginia – that every public water system consider doing at least two things: (1) review and update existing vulnerability assessments and emergency response plans; and (2) regularly train and educate employees with respect to the assessments and plans.
February 27, 2014
On February 20, 2014, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (Commission) issued a proposed rulemaking in connection with its implementation of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004 (AEPS Act). While the Commission has proposed a number of changes that merely implement the requirements of Act 35 and Act 129, there are several new substantive provisions impacting net metering and large customer-generators and that merit close review by electric utilities, merchant generators and customers proposing to self-generate. The proposed rulemaking will be open for public comment for 30 days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
January 01, 2013
Over the last several years, attorneys have begun to see the focus of environmental regulations in the United States shifting from cleaning up legacy contamination to anticipating the environmental challenges of the future.
December 13, 2012
After months of hearings and petitions, at their December 5, 2012 meeting, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissions (PUC) upheld PECO’s and FirstEnergy’s energy efficiency savings targets for the second phase of Pennsylvania’s Act 129 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program (EE&C program).
November 15, 2012
Starting on January 1, 2013, New Jersey commercial and industrial (C&I) ratepayers will be eligible for a new credit
against their Societal Benefits Charge (SBC) contributions. The credit was signed into law by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on January 17, 2012. Under the provisions of the statute (N.J.S.A. 48:3-60.3), C&I ratepayers may be eligible for a credit against their SBC charge equal to one-half of the costs incurred for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency products and/or services.
November 06, 2012
On October 12, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania issued an opinion and order in Kristie Bell v. Cheswick Generating Station, GenOn Power Midwest, L.P., No. 2:12-cv-929, holding that state law nuisance claims are preempted by the federal Clean Air Act (CAA).
October 10, 2012
Ninth Circuit Rejects Global Warming Nuisance Claim: Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp - Energy, Environmental and Utilities Alert - On September 21, 2012, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a District Court decision dismissing the claims of the Native Village of Kivalina and the City of Kivalina (collectively Kivalina) asserting that some of the largest
energy companies in the United States(collectively Energy Producers) were responsible for coastal erosion caused by
greenhouse gas emissions and resulting global warming.
September 14, 2012
D.C. Circuit Court Rejects EPA's Multistate Power Plant Rule - Energy, Environmental and Utilities Alert - On August 21, 2012, two judges on a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an opinion vacating the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), a complex rule designed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) from multiple power plants across 28 states.
August 22, 2012
Sixth Circuit Vacates EPA Aggregation of Gas Facilities as Illogical - Energy, Environmental and Utilities Alert - On August 7, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit rejected a determination of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to agency policy that functionally related gas facilities, including a sweetening plant and roughly 100 natural gas wells spread out over a 43-square-mile area, should be treated as a single “major” source for the purposes of regulation under the federal Clean Air Act (CAA).
August 13, 2012
PUC Extends Energy Efficiency Program Into Second Phase, But Sets Stage For Additional Act 129 Proceedings - Energy, Environmental and Utilities Alert - On August 3, 2012, pursuant to Act 129 of 2008 (“Act 129”), the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (“PUC”) issued an order extending mandatory electricity consumption reduction targets in the Commonwealth into a second phase.
July 26, 2012
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Voids Act 13 Zoning Provisions - Energy, Environmental and Utilities Alert - On Thursday, July 26, 2012, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued an order voiding those provisions of Act 13 that would have required municipalities to change their zoning rules to accommodate natural gas development activities.
July 23, 2012
Recent NY Enforcement Action Highlights Need for Periodic Reviews of State Ethics Requirements - Energy, Environmental and Utilities Alert - Public utilities, as well as other entities that regularly negotiate with, appear before and attempt to influence regulators, are reminded of the importance of complying with applicable ethics laws when dealing with public officials and employees of state agencies.
July 05, 2012
Pennsylvania Amends Municipality Authorities Act to Restrict Authority Expenditures - Energy, Environmental and Utilities Alert - On June 27, 2012, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 375, which had been approved by a vote of 47-0 in the Senate on June 13 and by a vote of 196-0 in the House on June 19. The bill places certain restrictions on municipal water and sewer authorities’ ability to expend resources on activities not related to their core purpose.
June 21, 2012
Philadelphia Enacts Mandatory Energy and Water Use Disclosure Ordinance for Commercial Buildings - Energy Policy Alert - To spur commercial building owners to invest in energy efficiency, Philadelphia City Council passed a mandatory energy and water disclosure ordinance on June 21, 2012.
June 15, 2012
Update - NJ Assembly Environment Committee Approves Bill to Prevent Treatment of Fracking Wastes - Energy, Environmental and Utilities Alert - On the evening of June 14, the New Jersey Assembly and Solid Waste Committee approved A575.
June 14, 2012
NJ Senate Committee Approves Bill Prohibiting the Treatment of Fracking Materials - Energy, Environmental and Utilities Alert - On June 7, 2012, the New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy committee unanimously approved a bipartisan bill, S.253, that aims to prohibit the treatment of waste products from hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking), in New Jersey.
May 20, 2012
EPA Issues Draft Guidance for Hydraulic Fracturing with Diesel Fuel - Energy, Environmental and Utilities Alert - Acting pursuant to its authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 10, 2012, released draft permitting guidance for hydraulic fracturing during oil and natural gas production activities, but which applies only where diesel fuel is a component of the fracturing fluid.
May 04, 2012
EPA Issues Final Emissions Standards for Oil & Natural Gas Sector - Energy, Environmental and Utilities Alert - On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized performance and emissions standards for emissions from hydraulically fractured natural gas wells and
other source categories in the oil and natural gas sector. Specifically, the rule revises New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) under 40 C.F.R. part 60, subparts KKK, LLL and new OOOO as well as National Emissions Standards for hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) under 40 C.F.R. part
63, subparts HH and HHH.
May 01, 2012
Pending Maryland Law Requires Largest Counties and Municipalities to Set Stormwater Management Fee - Energy, Environmental and Utilities Alert - On April 6, 2012, the Maryland Senate passed, by a 33-14 vote, SB 614 or the “Stormwater Management - Watershed Protection and Restoration Program.”
March 01, 2012
Arguing for Liability Reform to Help Solve an Old Problem - The Pennsylvania Lawyer - Thousands of current and future Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction wells are located near Pennsylvania’s 250,000- plus abandoned coal mines, many of which discharge acid mine drainage into local streams and rivers. Acid mine drainage, which leaches heavy metals from surrounding rocks and kills aquatic life, is the biggest single cause of stream impairment in Pennsylvania. It has rendered unusable more than 5,500 miles of streams, contaminated...
June 29, 2011
"Let the sun shine in: Owners guide to solar rooftop agreements" - Real Estate Weekly - In New York City, the Bloomberg administration recognizes that renewable energy will play a significant role in our energy supply with solar having the greatest potential to generate electricity in the five boroughs. Tax credits and other incentives have been established to make installation of solar photovoltaic systems on buildings more economically attractive. This includes a Solar Electric Generating System
August 17, 2009
The American Clean Energy and Security Act: HR 2454 - Utility, Environmental & Energy Alert! - On June, 26, 2009, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (“ACESA”) by
the close margin of 219 votes in favor of the bill and 212
against it. This bill, House Bill No. 2454, is popularly called the
Waxman-Markey energy bill for its co-sponsors Rep. Henry
Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ed Markey (D- Mass.).
May 26, 2021
Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.
September 01, 2020
Harrisburg, Pa., September 1, 2020 – Michael D. Klein, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Utility & Energy Practice, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Gold Star Award by the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania’s Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (PAWARN).
November 05, 2019
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.
April 01, 2019
Gregory Eisenstark and Michael J. Connolly join Cozen O’Connor and will lead the Newark office
November 02, 2018
Michael Klein, a member of the firm’s Utility, Environmental & Energy Practice, is quoted in Bloomberg on a ballot measure that, if approved, would prevent the city of Baltimore from selling its government-owned water and sewer system.
June 12, 2018
Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.
June 01, 2018
David Zambito is quoted in the Central Penn Business Journal on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s decision to exclude Columbia Water Co. customers from utility rate cuts.
April 09, 2018
Cozen O’Connor has elected 19 associates to membership in the firm. The management committee appointed this qualified group of attorneys to membership based on demonstrated professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to Cozen O’Connor.
February 01, 2018
In the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms, Cozen O’Connor is ranked nationally in 17 practice areas and regionally in 64 practice areas.
January 11, 2018
David Zambito, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Utility, Environmental & Energy Practice Group, discusses the impact that federal tax reform may have on utility rates in the Central Penn Business Journal.
November 23, 2016
Firms included in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.