John K. Habib (Jack) is a partner in Keegan Werlin LLP’s energy and regulatory and governmental and legislative relations practices, specializing in energy and public utility law, as well as governmental and legislative advocacy. He represents a number of electric and gas utilities and an interstate natural gas transmission company on issues concerning rates, planning, energy procurement and facility siting.
Mr. Habib’s representation of electric and gas utilities before the Department of Public Utilities includes advocacy on issues relating to distribution rates, energy supply, renewable energy, energy efficiency, system reliability, competitive market initiatives and service quality. Specifically, he has represented electric utilities in proceedings relating to the implementation of the Electric Restructuring Act of 1997, including proceedings governing the divestiture of generation facilities and purchase power agreements, implementation of default service policy and service quality. He has also represented electric utilities in proceedings before the DPU regarding the Massachusetts Green Communities Act and related legislation, including proceedings governing the procurement of long-term renewable power, smart grid investments and the interconnection of distributed generation. Mr. Habib has represented gas utilities in proceedings before the DPU regarding gas procurement and related issues.
Mr. Habib’s energy facility siting experience includes representation of generation facility developers and public utilities before the Energy Facilities Siting Board and the DPU in order to obtain state permits and zoning exemptions relating to the construction of energy infrastructure.
Mr. Habib has represented an interstate natural gas pipeline company before the Massachusetts Legislature and various municipalities on governmental relations issues regarding pipeline siting. He has also represented clients in appellate proceedings before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on issues concerning administrative and regulatory law.
In addition, Mr. Habib has represented competitive energy brokers in obtaining licenses from state regulatory bodies throughout New England.
Before joining Keegan Werlin in 1998, Mr. Habib was an attorney at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. He was also General Counsel to Massachusetts State Senator John D. O’Brien from 1993 to 1997, during which time he authored legislation on behalf of the Joint Special Committee on Electric Utility Restructuring.