Attorney Rodier is an acknowledged leader in the movement toward retail competition and deregulation of the electric utility industry. He was the lead attorney in the watershed 1996 ruling by the New Hampshire Supreme Court that utility franchises were non-exclusive. He has been referred to by Energy Buyer’s Guide as the “champion of New Hampshire deregulation” for his leadership role in restructuring the utility industry. In fact, Attorney Rodier was a key figure in the development and implementation of the first in the nation New Hampshire electric deregulation pilot program in 1996. Jim also spearheaded the passage of the Ninety-Ninth Amendment to the NEPOOL Agreement that became effective on March 1, 2004. This amendment permits a Market Participant End User to participate directly in the hourly wholesale ISO-NE market.
Attorney Rodier brings a wealth state and federal regulatory experience, as well as an in depth knowledge of the inner workings of ISO New England and the energy market in general to his retail marketing clients. Most recently, he represented a prominent biomass energy developer in a series of regulatory hearings in New Hampshire. He has also advised, marketed and sold electricity to large users throughout the Northeast for the last 12 years.
Attorney Rodier received his law degree (J.D.) from Suffolk University Law School, as well as a B.S.E.E. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is admitted to both the Massachusetts Bar and the New Hampshire Bar.
Power Players, NH Sunday News Special Report, May 26, 2013 – “Rodier was a pioneering attorney in deregulation, promoting consumer choice and challenging utility monopolies in the 1990s before restructuring legislation existed. He was able to navigate the courts and regulatory agencies to gain access to the wholesale market, first in Maine and then in New Hampshire.”
N.H. Marketer Makes Point by Shopping Wholesale Market to Power His Home, Northeast Power Report, April 8, 2002 – “New Hampshire energy marketer James Rodier has proposed a plan to buy power directly from the New England wholesale spot market for use in his own house in Rye, N.H. He would become the first such individual end user to buy energy from the pool. Rodier has been active in energy deregulation issues since the mid-1990′s and has often acted as a maverick making proposals to encourage competitive power use in the state.”
Electric Hype Powers Utility Competition – Boston Sunday Globe June 2, 1996, “James Rodier, led the fight in the Legislature and the courts, to introduce competition as a way to counter Public Service’s high rates.”
Deregulation Trailblazer Rodier ready for Competition, N.H. Business Review, June 21, 1996 – “When it comes to deregulating the electric industry the guy with the arrows in his back is Attorney James T. Rodier of Bedford. Rodier founded the upstart competitor that beat Public Service of New Hampshire in the state Supreme Court when the judges ruled that PSNH did not have an exclusive franchise in its service territory.“
PS New Hampshire Attacks Commission Ruling Denying Exclusive Service Area, INDUS. ENERGY BULL., July 14, 1995, at 4 – “Public Service of New Hampshire , in a harshly worded filing, has asked the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission to reconsider a precedent-setting ruling in the Freedom Electric Power case.”
Utilities Flock to Condemn Freedom Plea for Wholesale Wheeling Order from FERC, NORTHEAST POWER REP. Sept. 1, 1995 at 10 – “The prospect of an aggregator garnering a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wholesale wheeling order prompted utilities from around the country to rush to protest Freedom Energy’s petition.”
Debate Focuses on Deregulation of Utilities, Boston Sunday Globe, December 4, 1994 – “The wholesale prices are less than half of the retail price, Rodier said, if we can expand the choices available to consumers, it will foster competition.”
Transcript Excerpt — U.S. District Court-NH — April 21, 2005
THE COURT: All right. I hear you on it. I appreciate — counsel, I do appreciate your effective representation here. What I like about the way you presented yourself is you’ve been forthright. You didn’t waste my time. You maintained your positions firmly in the face of, you know, a judge who is kind of pushy. And I appreciate your behavior here, because it’s helpful to me. I mean, you weren’t being equivocal about it. You weren’t trying to dodge anything. You state your positions and live with the consequences. So I appreciate that.
MR. RODIER: Thank you, your Honor.