Matthew E. Ross LEED AP

Matthew E. Ross LEED AP Member

P: 202.370.4131
F: 202.292.4744
L: Washington, D.C.

Mr. Ross is an energy attorney who advises renewable energy and fuels project developers on all aspects of project development, finance and operation of renewable energy projects and other transactional and regulatory matters related thereto. He works with all renewable energy and fuels technologies with a particular focus on biogas, biomass, biofuels, waste-to-energy, and waste-to-fuels. In addition, he works with energy services companies (ESCO) and large end-users of energy on energy-efficiency solutions. In that regard, he counsels both ESCOs and commercial real estate developers, investors, and managers to achieve energy cost savings through effective energy efficiency management strategies.

Additionally, Mr. Ross has earned LEED professional accreditation, the leading professional designation for the green building, construction and development industry, thereby further enhancing his ability to advise clients on achieving energy efficient and sustainable business practices.

Representative Engagements

  • Serving as outside general counsel to renewable energy project developer for all aspects of a 500-ton per-day waste-to-gas project in South Carolina.

  • Serving as strategic advisor for a waste-to-energy technology and project developer for all aspects of developing and financing waste-to-energy projects.

  • Representing renewable energy project developer in the purchase and re-positioning of distressed energy assets in Michigan.

  • Representing rooftop solar developer on rolling out a portfolio of residential and commercial projects in Washington, DC.

  • Advising data center developer on all aspects of developing and financing project with a focus on redundant supplies of in-site generation.

  • Advised New Mexico biogas project developer on transactional and finance issues for a project to convert cow manure from 20,000-head farm to renewable gas for transportation use.

  • Served as senior energy counsel to a global private investment and development firm focusing on renewable energy infrastructure development with a portfolio of waste-to-energy development projects.

  • Advised Missouri biogas project developer on transactional and finance aspects of project to convert hog manure into biogas for ultimate clean up and compression for transportation use.

  • Serving as outside general counsel to waste-to-energy project developer and business development firm on all aspects of licensing, marketing, deploying, developing, financing, and operating waste-to-energy and waste-to-fuels projects in the United States and internationally.

  • Serving as outside general counsel to pyrolysis technology manufacturer and assisting with all transaction and finance contracts.

  • Advised renewable energy project developer on developing and financing a 6 MW solar PV project in Massachusetts with 18 MW in standby natural gas generation.

  • Advised renewable energy project developer on all aspects of developing, permitting and financing biomass projects in Georgia, Alabama and Virginia.

  • Advised biodiesel project developer on all aspects of developing, permitting, and financing biodiesel projects in North Carolina and Florida.

  • Advised a manufacturer and a licensee of two advanced, proprietary slow pyrolysis reactors on developing biomass and biodiesel projects and other general corporate and transactional matters.

  • Served as outside general counsel to and advised start-up energy services companies on efficiency projects in Texas and Florida.

  • Advised emissions trading exchange on contracting with purchasers and seller of verified emissions reductions and obtaining financing for corporate expansion.

  • Advised major solar PV project developer on permitting for large solar farm project in North Carolina.

  • Advised energy services companies and commercial property holders/managers on strategies to reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency.

  • Advised a joint venture between a solar energy company and a real estate development company on the creation, development and financing of “green” communities in the Southwest.

  • Advised a landfill gas-to-energy developer on negotiating project agreements and obtaining equity financing for a portfolio of landfill gasification projects on the East Coast.

  • Advised a biogas company on (1) contracting with dairy farmers to install on-site digesters to accept and convert cow manure to methane for delivery to natural gas utilities and (2) on obtaining financing for same. Assisted with negotiating joint venture on company’s behalf for supply of and financing for solid waste gasification technology for farms. Helped negotiate and close $10 million municipal bond-finance transaction with two dairy farms with pipeline-quality methane supplies going to local utility.

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • Presenter, The Nexus of Energy, Water and Agriculture: New Technologies, Livingston Securities Energy and Water Seminar, Washington, DC (December 1, 2016)

  • Panel Moderator, Biomass and Waste-to-Energy , Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum, Miami, Florida (October 19, 2016)

  • Presenter, Scaling Up Biofuels, Livingston Securities Energy Seminar; Denver, Colorado (November 2, 2015)

  • Presenter, Bringing all of the Pieces Together for a Successful Financing; Project Finance, Waste Conversion Congress West Coast, San Diego, California (December 3, 2014)

  • Panelist, Project Finance Workshop, Gasification Technologies Conference, Washington, DC (October 26, 2014)

  • Presenter, The Changing Face of Baseload in the Caribbean, Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum; Miami, FL (October 8, 2014)

  • Panelist, Project Finance Workshop, Gasification Technologies Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado (October 13, 2013)

  • Panel Moderator, Biomass and Waste-to-Energy, Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum, Oranjestad, Aruba (October 11, 2013)

  • Panelist, Financing the Commercialization of Global Biorefinery Projects, 2013 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Montreal, Quebec (June 18, 2013)

  • Panel Moderator, Investor Demands: Getting the Finance Community on Board, Waste Conversion Congress East Coast, Boston, Massachusetts (June 17, 2013)

  • Chair, Waste Conversion Congress Finance Panel, Long Beach, California (November 29, 2012)

  • Panel Moderator, Waste to Energy: Over-Hyped or Real World Solution, Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum, San Juan, Puerto Rico (October 17, 2012)

  • Presenter, Legal Strategies for Making Green Pay, CLE Symposium, Greensboro, North Carolina (May 5, 2011)

  • Author, Addressing the Major Climate Change Issues, Aspatore Special Report: Understanding Recent Climate Change Developments (December 2010) (with Richard Morton)

  • Author, SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance on Climate Change Disclosure, BNA’s Corporate Counsel Weekly (February 2010) (with Benjamin Preston)

  • Panelist, Session Protocol: Energy Focus, Outlook for Renewable Energy in Central America & the Caribbean, 34th Annual Miami Conference on the Caribbean and Central America, Caribbean-Central America Action, Miami, Florida (December 3, 2010)

  • Panel Moderator, Energy Efficiency: Policy, Regulation, & Financing, The Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum, Paradise Island, Bahamas (October 15, 2010)

  • Panelist, Legislation, Mandates, Technology Innovations… Are We Really Ready?, 2010 Green Building Summit, Richmond, VA (August 10, 2010)

  • Panel Moderator, Focus on Energy, Caribbean-Central America Action, 33rd Miami Conference on the Caribbean and Central America, Miami, FL (December 2, 2009)

  • Presenter, Energy Performance Contracting: Less Juice, More Bread, O’Brien & Gere Achieving Sustainability Seminar, Springfield, VA (November 18, 2009)

  • Presenter, Greenhouse Gas Exposure and Risk Mitigation, O’Brien & Gere Achieving Sustainability Seminar, Springfield, VA (November 18, 2009)

  • Panelist, Financing Energy Efficiency Projects, 2009 Green Building Summit, Richmond, VA (August 12, 2009)

  • Presenter, Energy Performance Contracting: Nuts and Bulbs, Reznick Group’s Second Annual Renewable Energy Business Symposium, Denver, CO (July 27, 2009)

  • Presenter, Energy Performance Contracting: A Primer, O’Brien & Gere Achieving Sustainability Seminar, Research Triangle Park, NC (June 16, 2009)

  • Presenter, Carbon Exposure and Risk Mitigation, O’Brien & Gere Achieving Sustainability Seminar, Research Triangle Park, NC (June 16, 2009)

  • Author, Financing Fossil Fuel Power Projects in the Era of Carbon Regulation, Platts Insight (October 2008) (with Tom Hoffmann)

  • Author, The Farm Bill: Planting Seeds of Renewable Energy, Ethanol Producer Magazine (August 2008)

  • Author, Curtailment and Real Time Pricing from a Multi-family Customer’s Perspective, EnergyBiz, (March 2007) (with Peter Funk)

  • Presenter, Case Study: Financing Biogas Projects, Renewable Power Project Finance: The Tutorial, Infocast, (December 13, 2006)

  • Presenter, The Energy Policy Act and Real-Time Pricing and Metering, Committee on Energy, New York City Bar, (January 3, 2006)

  • Co-Presenter, Opportunities for Energy Savings in Commercial Real Estate, American Bar Association, Renewable Energy Resources Committee: "Green Buildings Promote the Growth of On-site Renewables and Other Distributed Generation" (June 15, 2005) (with Michael Zimmer)

  • Presenter, Opportunities to Create Savings in the Real Estate Industry, District of Columbia Bar Conference, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section/Energy Committee: "Raising the Energy Bar for Commercial Buildings" (January 27, 2005) (with Michael Zimmer)

  • Author, Coal Gasification an Important Part of America's "Homeland Generation" Strategy, Combined Cycle Journal (Fourth Quarter 2004) (with Michael Zimmer)

Professional Affiliations

  • Georgetown University
    Georgetown University, "Energy in America: From Black Gold to Green Power" , Lecturer, (2009-2015)
  • District of Columbia Bar
    District of Columbia Bar, Member
  • Energy Bar Association
    Energy Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. Green Building Council
    U.S. Green Building Council – LEED Accredited Professional, Member

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University, International Relations, 1993
  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1996
    Business Law Fellowship
    American Jurisprudence Award- Legal Writing; Finalist-Best Brief Award
  • University of Dundee (CEPMLP), Law Certificate, ? Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy Oil & Gas Course