Carol J. Holahan

Counsel - Boston

Carol Holahan
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Carol Holahan is a counsel in Foley Hoag's Energy & Cleantech practice. She advises large, competitive regional generators and other participants in the wholesale and retail competitive electricity markets on regional policy initiatives, changing environmental regulations, decommissioning and sale of plants, and matters pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In addition to concentrating on traditional fossil fuel generation, Carol’s practice includes renewable energy resources. She also has considerable experience with matters involving legal challenges to new or existing laws and regulations, environmental permitting, facility siting and assessment or limitations of liability as a result of the sale or retirement of generating facilities.

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  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Georgetown University, B.S.



Professional Experience

  • Senior Director of Government Affairs, Dynegy Inc.
  • Director of Government Affairs, New England Power Generators Association, Inc.
  • Director, Office of Legislative Services, State of New Hampshire
  • Assistant Commissioner, Department of Administrative Services, State of New Hampshire
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Joseph R. Nolan, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • "Massachusetts’ New Clean Energy Bill: Heavy On Storage, Light On Solar," Solar Industry and North American Windpower online publications (August 14, 2018)
  • "Constitutional and Legislative Considerations in the Administrative Rulemaking Process" (detailed summary of administrative and legislative process and state agency adjudicative hearings, prepared for a continuing legal education program sponsored by the New Hampshire Bar Association)
  • "Appeals from Administrative Agencies" (detailed summary of New Hampshire law relating to appeals under New Hampshire’s Administrative Procedures Act and by writ of certiorari, prepared for a continuing legal education program sponsored by the New Hampshire Bar Association)
  • "History of Legal Aid in the United States," 18 ABA-related Education, vol. 16, at 6 (with R. J. Steiner, 1994)
  • Note, "Private Sector Drug Testing: Availability of State Statutory Remedies for Aggrieved Employees," 21 Suffolk University Law Review 1067 (1987)


  • Suffolk University Law Review


  • Former board member, Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (NECA)
  • Former Chair, American Diabetes Association, NH Chapter
  • Former Chair, New Hampshire Bar Association Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities Law Section
  • Member, New England Women in Energy and the Environment
  • New Hampshire Energy Summit, September 23, 2019
  • Power Magazine podcast, February 2019
  • New Hampshire Energy Summit, September 24, 2018
  • New England Energy and Commerce Association event, September 13, 2018
  • Exploring the Diversity of Potential Regional Energy Projects, EBC Energy Resources Program, March 18, 2016
  • New Hampshire Annual Energy Summit, October 5, 2015
  • Zoning and Land Use Issues for Wireless Telecommunications Facilities: The Interplay of Federal, Sate and Local Law, Real Estate Bar of Massachusetts (REBA) 2015 Spring Conference, May 4, 2015
  • The Evolving Energy Landscape, Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies, April 17, 2014
  • Administrative and Legislative Process and State Agency Adjudicative Hearings, NH Bar Association CLE, April 9, 2014
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court