Administrative, Energy & Regulatory Law; Public Utilities;
Government Relations & Lobbying
Kevin Penders serves as a Partner and the Practice Manager for Keegan Werlin’s Energy & Regulatory Practice. Mr. Penders focuses on energy, regulatory, public utility law and governmental relations for utility clients, and represents electric and gas utilities before public utility commissions on issues associated with rates, forecast and supply planning, corporate financing, energy procurement and contracting, pipeline safety, and energy efficiency.
Kevin F. Penders
● Administrative Law
● Energy & Regulatory Law
● Public Utilities
● Government Relations & Lobbying
U.S. Supreme Court
As the former General Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), Mr. Penders served as the chief legal and policy advisor for regulating the Commonwealth’s investor-owned electric distribution, natural gas and water companies, handled complex rate design and base rate cases, and helped to write the playbook for future regional energy solutions. Under his management, the DPU’s legal division issued over 2,000 orders on a wide range of energy issues, including traditional rate recovery obligations, initiatives to encourage grid modernization for the electric industry, including solar, battery storage and electric vehicle deployment, initiatives to quantify and reduce gas leaks in the Commonwealth, and initiatives to ensure energy efficient and renewable energy deployment to meet the Commonwealth’s clean energy and climate goals. He provides clients an in-depth knowledge regarding the regulation of electric power, natural gas and water companies, and was part of the team that created the regulatory oversight of the Transportation Network Company industry.
Prior to rejoining the firm in 2021, Mr. Penders served as a policy advisor with Preti Strategies, providing business, political and strategic advice to clients on public policy and energy law issues, and of counsel in the Energy Practice Group of its affiliated law firm, Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios. Mr. Penders was an attorney with Keegan Werlin from 2006 through 2015, and has previously held positions within the energy industry and in government, at National Grid, the former New England Gas Company, the DPU, the House Committee on Taxation, and the Senate Committee on Post-Audit and Oversight.
Kevin lives in Foxborough, MA with his wife, three kids, two rescue dogs and a domesticated corn snake.
Boyden Library Board of Trustees, Foxborough, MA, 2011 to present
Board of Directors, NexDine Foundation, 2018 to present
Zoning Board of Appeals, Town of Foxborough, MA,
2010 to 2015
Adjunct Professor, “Legislation”, New England Law Boston, 2003 to 2013
New England School of Law, J.D., 1996
College of the Holy Cross, B.A.,
Political Science, 1993
St. John’s Preparatory High School, 1989
Lecturer, Business Law & Ethics, Boston University School of Management, 2008
Visiting Professor, Tufts University Experimental College, 2000 to 2004
Lucius Beebe Library Board of Trustees, Wakefield, MA, 1994 to 2001
Massachusetts’ Super Lawyers, 2013, 2014