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Pioneers in Maryland's Energy and Environmental Law including a focus on Climate Change Law.

We draw upon the experience and resources of our Energy and Environmental lawyers to navigate the often complex planning issues and approval processes surrounding power development, climate change law, environmental response and urban redevelopment in Maryland and beyond.

Our team is up to date on key legislation, climate change response, and upcoming regulatory issues and are regularly speaking on these issues.

Most recently, Michael Powell spoke at the NFMT (National Facilities Management Association) 2024 Convention on The impact of Current and Proposed Building Energy Performing Standards (BEPS). 

Recent videos from our team include:



Climate Change Law

We are the go-to resource for the most up to date guidance on climate change laws in Maryland.

Power Development

Solar? Wind? Battery Storage? Gas? Electric? Transmission? We've done it all and often first. We have decades of experience concerning all aspects of developing and redeveloping the full spectrum of power sources including more than 90% of all large-scale solar CPCN projects approved in Maryland, starting with the first in 2011.

Urban Redevelopment

Our Team provides advice to developers and builders of urban projects regarding purchase, sales, planning, environmental and execution strategies.

Environmental Response

Our Environmental Response Team advises property owners, developers, builders and corporations grappling with existing and potential environmental challenges that may demand corrective action and that often require creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

Core Services


  • Greenhouse gas reduction/climate change regulations
  • Wetlands issues
  • Brownfields
  • Preventing and defusing regulatory conflicts
  • Environmental due diligence


  • Transitioning to renewable energy in response to climate change
  • Fuel switching and fossil fuel redevelopment
  • Utility scale and community solar advice and advocacy
  • Offshore and onshore wind advice and advocacy
  • Compliance with climate change regulations for building owners
  • Provide highly regarded counsel with the Public Service Commission (PSC)
  • Transportation transition and electric vehicle charging and infrastructure
  • Regularly participate in gas, electric and water rate cases
  • Tax counsel including PILOT agreements, state property taxes, federal tax credits and tax equity transactions
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We need to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA). Which details are most important?

  • Pricing: Is it fixed or variable? Even if fixed, is it subject to change in law?
  • Termination: Is there a penalty for early cancellation, and if your supplier cancels, what is the default?
  • If the supply is tied to your property (e.g. rooftop solar), what recourse do you have if there is property damage during installation or years after the installation?

For more information or for advice in entering into a PPA, please contact Todd Chason, Doug Coats or Michael Powell.

The information contained herein is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion and should not be acted upon without consulting an attorney.


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