Clients say Adam “has very broad horizons and a high intellect” and that “he is a great attorney and very effective for his clients.” Chambers USA
Adam Cote is the Leader of the Energy Practice Group and a member of Drummond Woodsum Strategic Consulting. Adam has nearly 20 years of experience serving the legal needs of clients in renewable energy matters, with a focus on renewable energy development, the wholesale purchase of electricity, the development of renewable energy credit policies, renewable portfolio standards, energy storage, demand response and non-transmission alternative technologies. A former renewable energy business owner, Adam brings a sophisticated understanding of the business dynamics of the industry to his legal practice.
Adam also combines substantial knowledge of public policy, organizational development, law and regulation with deft political handling to deliver tremendous value to his clients. Adam regularly advises a cross-section of businesses, regulated utilities, landowners, municipalities, school districts, and trade associations on strategic goals such as navigating a complex legal issue, passing a law, or initiating and closing a deal.
Adam was recognized as part of Best Lawyers USA, Energy Law 2020-2021 for his notable work. In 2014, Adam was one of twelve veterans named a White House “Champion of Change” by the Obama Administration for “advancing clean energy and climate security.”
Adam is also deeply committed to serving his country. He proudly served as a member of the Maine Army National Guard for twenty years and was deployed to Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge, along with numerous other awards and distinctions.
In his free time, Adam spends time with his wife and five active kids in Sanford – his hometown. He coaches football, basketball, and baseball in local youth sports and travel teams. He has served on numerous local and statewide boards including Colby College Alumni Council, the Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Vet2Vet Maine, a non-profit that provides support for Maine veterans. In 2018, Adam was a candidate for Governor of Maine, placing a close second out of seven candidates in the Democratic primary.
University of Maine School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2001
Colby College, B.A. International Studies, with honors, 1995
Representative Clients & Matters
Adam Cote’s extensive experience includes representing:
- A consortium of Maine businesses, municipalities, colleges and school districts in negotiating net energy billing credit agreements for several large scale solar developments throughout the State.
- Several environmental organizations, businesses and Maine ratepayers opposed to the construction of a large-scale transmission corridor project.
- Several Maine towns and school districts in negotiating solar development projects on their landfills or other properties.
- A leading Maine non-profit in developing a solar array on their property.
- A large renewable energy developer in negotiating power purchase agreements with purchasers of electricity
Youngest alumni to receive Colby College, “Distinguished Alumnus Award”
Youngest in chapter history to receive Maine Chapter, National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame “Distinguished American Award”
White House “Champion of Change” Recognized as one of twelve veterans nationally for advancing clean energy initiatives and promoting greater climate security
The NewDEAL, Named as one of ten rising state and local elected officials recognized “for their work championing pro-growth progressive ideas.”
Best Lawyers USA, Energy Law 2020-2022
What We Can Expect from the Federal Government to Address Climate Change and Energy Independence, Maine Policy Review 17.2, 46-50 (2008).
Colby College Alumni Council
Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Association (MRRA), 2009-2011
Maine Veteran’s Housing Coalition
Board Member, 2007-2010
U.S. Small Business Administration
Regional Advisory Committee Member, 2005-2009
Sanford School Committee
Board Member, 2011-2013
Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation