Joey Lee Miranda is a member of the firm’s Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group, and her practice focuses on energy, telecommunications, and water matters, including litigation, transactional and regulatory representation, and counseling. She regularly participates in proceedings before state regulatory agencies, including the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and the Connecticut Siting Council, on utility, telecommunications, and energy-related matters. Joey Lee also handles administrative appeals of agency decisions to state courts. An important aspect of her practice also involves counseling clients on regulatory compliance matters. Her representative experience reflects a range of legal matters in all areas of the energy industry.
Joey Lee assists energy clients with securing siting and permit approvals for projects, and helps them obtain regulatory approvals for the purchase and sale of renewable and traditional energy-generating facilities. For example, she has assisted clients in obtaining the necessary approvals for the first utility scale solar project in Connecticut and the largest fuel cell project in the United States.
She has helped clients obtain long-term electricity purchase agreements for renewable energy projects, and obtained necessary approvals for facility construction and operation. Joey Lee negotiates interconnection agreements, and drafts and negotiates long-term power purchase contracts. She counsels clients on locating and accessing federal, state, and local funding sources for renewable energy and distributed generation projects, and also advises them on opportunities to earn income.
Joey Lee also helps clients secure renewable attribute accreditation for projects and assists with disputes related to ownership of renewable energy credits.
Competitive Energy Markets
Joey Lee assists clients in obtaining market participant status, and advises them on rules associated with regional wholesale markets, including the wholesale electric markets administered by ISO New England.
She represents retail competitive electricity and natural gas suppliers in obtaining necessary licenses and in various regulatory matters before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission. For example, she has represented retail competitive suppliers in proceedings related to: supplier choice programs; trade practices investigations; default service procurement and pricing policies; billing and collection policies; Renewable Portfolio Standard policies; “Price to compare” rate design; and integrated resource planning.
Joey Lee also counsels suppliers regarding compliance with consumer protection laws and developed a multistate compliance program for the sales and marketing activities of a competitive supplier of electricity and natural gas operating throughout the Northeast. In developing this marketing program, she recommended the implementation of changes to the sales process, prepared manuals for sales representatives and managers, and developed sales agreements, forms and sales presentation outlines for use by sales representatives. Once the marketing compliance portion of the program was completed, she developed a compliance program for ongoing consumer protection, reporting, billing and collections.
Joey Lee also represents clients, including educational and healthcare institutions, in negotiating electricity, natural gas, and renewable energy credit purchase and sale agreements throughout the United States.
Joey Lee represents clients in regulatory proceedings, helping them obtain long-term contracts for the sale of natural gas capacity. She also represents clients in telecommunication facility siting proceedings, and she has assisted the nation’s leading wireless telecommunications provider with obtaining all necessary approvals to install wireless facilities throughout Connecticut. She also has represented clients in evaluating the purchase of a regulated water company.
Joey Lee has been recognized by Client Choice as the exclusive 2019 winner in the Energy & Natural Resources category for Connecticut. She has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Environmental Law since 2013 and as Hartford Lawyer of the Year in the area of Environmental Law for 2016. She is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Energy Law for 2019. Ms. Miranda was selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2015 to 2018. For 2010, she was recognized in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Women in the Law: High Achievers Yearbook.