Adam R. Cote


207.253.0531 Direct
207.772.3627 Fax

84 Marginal Way, Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101-2480

Assistant: Geralyn Theriault


  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2001
  • Colby College, B.A., International Studies, with Honors, 1995


  • Maine


  • Colby College Alumni Council
    Member (2016-present)
  • St. Thomas School Committee
    Member (2015-present)
  • Sanford School Department
    School Board Member (2011-2013)
  • Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Association (MRRA)
  • Maine Veteran’s Housing Coalition
    Board Member (2007-2010)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
    Regional Advisory Committee Member (2005-2009)

Adam Cote leads Drummond Woodsum’s Energy and Utilities Practice group. He brings substantial knowledge and in depth understanding of energy and utility law, policy, and regulation. His practice focuses 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 is a co-founder and CEO of Thermal Energy Storage of Maine, a company that works 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.”

In addition, Adam has served as a member of the Maine Army National Guard for nearly twenty years and has 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.


  • Youngest alumni to receive Colby College, “Distinguished Alumnus Award” (2015)
  • Youngest in chapter history to receive Maine Chapter, National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame “Distinguished American Award” (2015)
  • White House “Champion of Change” Recognized as one of twelve veterans nationally for advancing clean energy initiatives and promoting greater climate security. (2014)
  • Synergize Sanford, “Community Leader Award” (2014)
  • The NewDEAL, Named as one of ten rising state and local elected officials recognized “for their work championing pro-growth progressive ideas.” (2012)


  • "What We Can Expect from the Federal Government to Address Climate Change and Energy Independence", Maine Policy Review 17.2 (2008) : 46 -50, (2008)