BALTIMORE—Womble Bond Dickinson had an active role in the 2018 Maryland Clean Energy Summit, which took place Oct. 8-10 in Baltimore.
Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Belton Zeigler, the Co-Leader of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Team, participated in a panel discussion on “The Mechanics of Offshore Wind: Moving Toward the Grid of the Future”. The panel discussed offshore wind development in the Mid-Atlantic, and how that may facilitate improvement in grid efficiency, security and resiliency. They also looked at what states are leading in efforts to capitalize on planned wind energy development, as well as what barriers to success may exist.
Zeigler was joined in the discussion by Jason Folsom of Siemens Gamesa Wind, Atlantic Grid Development LLC President Markian Melnyk, Deepwater Wind Development Manager Joy Weber and Polity Partners Founder/Principal Josh Cohen, who moderated the panel discussion.
In addition, firm attorneys Mike Dow, Lisa Rushton and Marty Stern and Director of Client Service Candace Gill represented Womble Bond Dickinson at the Maryland Clean Energy Summit. The firm was a sponsor of the event, which focused on strategies and business opportunities aligned with grid modernization in the Mid-Atlantic region. Specific topics of this year’s Summit included:
- Efficiency & the Smart Grid;
- Resiliency & Security;
- Microgrids, Storage & Distributed Generation;
- Customer Analytics & Data Access;
- The Natural Gas Factor;
- Electromobility & Transportation;
- Innovative & Evolving Technologies;
- Finance & Investment; and
- Policy & Regulation.
The Maryland Clean Energy Summit drew more than 400 attendees from across the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, and the broader Mid-Atlantic region. Attendees included government, utility, independent power producers, integrators, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, service and equipment providers among a diverse group of industry experts and stakeholders.
Mike Dow concentrates his practice on public and project finance. He represents lenders, investors, underwriters, issuers, borrowers, and other participants in taxable and tax-exempt transactions for infrastructure projects, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, manufacturing, transportation, and health and higher education facilities.
Candace Gill is Womble Bond Dickinson’s Client Service Director based in the firm’s Baltimore office. She works with attorneys to help grow and build great and lasting relationships with clients.
Lisa Rushton is an industry-leading environmental transactions attorney who guides corporate clients, including global, multi-national, and local corporations, real estate developers, financial institutions and investment funds on matters relating to federal, state, and local environmental, health and safety laws and regulations.
Marty Stern provides legal and strategic counsel on regulatory, policy and commercial matters to telecommunications, information technology and media firms, including network operators, programmers, and technology companies, in the United States and globally. He also develops and executes regulatory and legislative strategies, including through trade associations and the formation and implementation of industry coalitions, and engages in associated advocacy.
Belton Zeigler provides clients with solutions to complex energy, utility, environmental and cybersecurity matters based on more than 30 years of energy industry experience. He has served as general counsel to a major electric and natural gas utility, where he also had managerial responsibility for industrial customer relations, power marketing and strategic planning