Adam Cote is a member of Drummond Woodsum Strategic Consulting and leads Drummond Woodsum’s Energy and Utilities Practice group. He brings substantial knowledge and in-depth understanding of public policy, organizational development, law and regulation. His legal practice focuses primarily on renewable energy providers, start-ups, and regulated utilities. He has provided advice and counsel to many clients on renewable energy development, the wholesale purchase of electricity, the development of renewable energy credit policies, and renewable portfolio standards. He also has significant experience in energy storage, demand response, and non-transmission alternative technologies.
Adam has also been deeply involved in politics for many years. Most recently, Adam was a candidate for Governor in Maine, placing a close second out of seven candidates in the Democratic primary.
Adam was a co-founder and CEO of Thermal Energy Storage of Maine, a company that worked closely with utilities and renewable energy providers to promote thermal energy storage in New England. Adam also previously worked as an energy attorney at Pierce Atwood in Portland, where his practice included advising countries such as Albania, Bosnia and Croatia on behalf of USAID on ways to restructure their energy sectors and encourage outside investment.
In 2014 Adam was named a White House “Champion of Change” by the Obama Administration as one of twelve veterans nationally recognized for “advancing clean energy and climate security.” Adam has also been recognized as part of Best Lawyers USA, Energy Law, and Chambers USA Maine Guide for Energy and Natural Resources for his notable work.
In addition, Adam served as a member of the Maine Army National Guard for twenty years and deployed to Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In Iraq, he created the “Adopt an Iraqi Village Program” which distributed toys, school supplies and household items to Iraqi villages. In Afghanistan, Adam served as a company commander in Maine’s 133rd Engineer Battalion. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge, along with numerous other awards and distinctions.
Adam was born and raised in Sanford and still lives there with his wife and five young children. He has served on numerous local and statewide boards and is active in coaching youth sports.
Colby College, B.A., with honors (1995)
University of Maine School of Law, J.D., cum laude (2001)