Energy, Public Utilities and Telecommunications

Serving Hawai‘i public utility companies for decades.

Our Expertise

Goodsill has long served as outside general counsel to several major Hawai‘i public utility companies, including those providing electric, communication, water and sewer services, motor carriers of property and passengers, as well as exempt telecommunications providers.

Examples of our work in these areas include

  • Agency Matters - Representing clients in rate-setting, certificate of public convenience and necessity, power purchase agreements with independent power producers, integrated resource planning, merger and consolidation of public utility corporations, certification to provide telecommunications service, and other administrative proceedings of the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission. We’ve also participated in proceedings before the Environmental Protection Agency, the Hawai‘i Department of Health, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and appeals involving administrative decisions to state and federal courts.
  • Corporate Matters - Negotiating, representing, and advising clients with respect to contracts, leases, financing agreements, and general corporate matters.
  • Compliance Matters – Representing, assisting, and advising clients with respect to compliance with applicable federal and state statutes and regulations, including emissions and thermal and other environmental standards. Assisting clients in obtaining government permits and variances, drafting proposed legislation, and in legislative matters.
  • Litigation – Representing utility clients in pursuing claims ranging from breach of contract or warranty, to the recovery of damages resulting from destruction of fixtures or equipment, as well as defense of self-insured claims. The firm is also retained by insurers of major utility clients to defend against liability claims for injury and property or other damages resulting from construction accidents, collisions with utility poles, and thermal and chemical pollution.