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Nathan C. Howe

Nathan Howe is a member of the Power practice group and provides value to clients in a range of regulatory and transactional matters. Nathan's deep knowledge of regulatory processes and practical business perspective allow him to provide strategic advice and tailored solutions, enabling clients to address risks, overcome challenges, and seize opportunities.

Nate guides clients through the intricacies of the evolving energy law landscape for onsite, offsite, distributed, and utility-scale project development for a variety of renewable energy resource types, such as solar, wind, battery storage, and alternative fuels. He has counseled clients on commercial and regulatory risks, interconnection processes, and available incentives, and on a range of contractual arrangements such as power purchase agreements and other offtake arrangements, acquisition agreements, and multi-party collaborations.  

He has also represented clients in regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), and other state regulatory agencies, in proceedings such as utility rate filings, mergers, contract disputes, and rulemakings. He has represented trade groups and industry stakeholders as lead counsel in renewable energy procurement, clean energy technology, and energy efficiency proceedings, including incentives programs proposed by utilities. He assists clients in all phases of these proceedings, including discovery, settlement, evidentiary hearings, and written submissions, from inception to resolution, as well as rehearings and appeals. 

Prior to joining the firm, Nathan was an associate at a regional New Jersey-based firm, where he was part of the environment and energy practice group. His energy practice involved representing clients before regulatory agencies in rate proceedings and utility-proposed programs, providing regulatory advice, and performing regulatory due diligence.

His environmental practice included representing clients in complex litigation involving cleanup costs and natural resource damages for various hazardous substances and emerging contaminants. He also provided advice concerning environmental and related regulations pertaining to waste disposal, pesticides, and site transfers.

Previously, Nathan also has served as an assistant county prosecutor, handling both bench and jury trials, including high-profile homicide cases, and appeals. His argument before the Appellate Division for removing the inadvertency element of the plain view exception to the warrant requirement was embraced by the New Jersey Supreme Court in a 2016 decision.

  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America in Newark
    • Litigation - Environmental, 2023-2024
    • Commercial Litigation, 2022-2024
  • Honored as Attorney of the Week and Attorney of the Month by Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
  • New Jersey State Bar Association – Co-Chair, Renewable Energy, Cleantech & Climate Change Special Committee; Member, Public Utility Law Section
  • Energy Bar Association, Northeast Chapter – Member, Board of Directors
  • Speaker, "Wind Power and NJ," New Jersey State Bar Association 2024 Real Estate Conference, 18 April 2024
  • Speaker, “Hydrogen Energy: Unique Considerations for Transaction Documents,” Renewable Energy Law Institute, 30 January 2024
  • Speaker, "The Future of Nuclear Energy," Energy Policy Conference & Awards Cocktail Reception, 10 October 2023
  • Speaker, "Risk Management in Offshore Wind," Wind, Power, Finance & Investment Summit USA, 5 October 2022
  • Speaker, "Getting to Know SuSI: The Successor Solar Incentive," New Jersey State Bar Association - Public Utility Law Section, 15 March 2022
  • Speaker, "EV Charging Infrastructure - Deployment Challenges" Energy Bar Association's 2021 Mid-Year Energy Forum, 13 October 2021
  • Speaker, "10th Annual Renewable Energy, Clean Tech, and Climate Change Conference," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 8 October 2021

First-place winner of The Environmental Law Institute’s National Writing Competition for his article titled "The Political Question Doctrine’s Role in Climate Change Nuisance Litigation: Are Power Utilities the First of Many Casualties?," 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11229, 2010

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  • Quoted, “Narrow hydrogen guidance may impact hubs,” Project Finance International, 10 January 2024
  • Quoted, “3 questions will shape Biden’s hydrogen plan,” E&E News, 4 January 2024
  • Quoted, “Calif. And NY Climate Change Plans: A Comparison,” Law360, 27 January 2023
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