Brian Calabrese

Brian E. Calabrese


Brian E. Calabrese


  • Overview


    Brian E. Calabrese concentrates his practice on energy-related regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters. He is a member of the firm’s Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group.

    Energy Regulatory and Transactional

    Brian assists a range of clients, including utilities, electricity suppliers, renewable energy companies, solar companies, developers, and municipalities. He provides guidance on utility ratemaking, energy regulation, energy transactions, renewable energy, and regulatory compliance. He represents retail competitive electricity and natural gas suppliers in proceedings before regulatory authorities. He appears before agencies such as the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), the Connecticut Siting Council, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and local land use boards.

    Brian has a record of success on behalf of his clients. He has represented clients in connection with obtaining regulatory approvals for a wind power purchase agreement and for the construction of transmission infrastructure. Brian has litigated many rate proceedings, including cases for surcharge rates to recover fuel, purchased power, and other costs. He secured for electric utility clients an annual increase in base rates of more than $120 million.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Brian worked as an associate for a law firm in Charleston, West Virginia, where his practice was primarily focused on public utility regulation matters, including representing public utilities before the Public Service Commission of West Virginia in ratemaking proceedings. He previously served as a lecturer at the University of Michigan, where he taught Latin and Ancient Greek. 

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Represented subsidiaries of one of the largest U.S. electric utility holding companies before the Public Service Commission of West Virginia.*

      • Litigated rate proceedings, certificate applications, complaint cases, and other regulatory proceedings before the Public Service Commission of West Virginia.*

      • Secured annual increase in electric utility base rates of more than $120 million.*

      • Secured West Virginia regulatory approval for approximately $800 million of transmission infrastructure construction.*

      • Secured West Virginia regulatory approval for 120 MW wind power purchase agreement.*

      * Atty. Calabrese was counsel in these representative matters before joining Robinson+Cole.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Energy, Public Utility and Communications Law Section
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed as a Rising Star in the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2018 to 2021.

    • Presentations


      "Energy Storage Developments," (10/22/2021)
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    • News

      R+C News Releases

      • October 14, 2021

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • November 18, 2020

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partners and Counsel

      • October 15, 2020

        47 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized in Super Lawyers®

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      • October 19, 2019

        52 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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