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Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter — April 2024

Mintz Senior Project Analyst Giselle Mota and Project Analyst Francesca Barasch contributed to this edition of the newsletter. 

A Note from the Editors

Energy & Sustainability Connections brings the latest developments in energy investing, legal insights, company activity, and industry events straight to your inbox. This month’s edition includes:      

  • Legal Feature: 
    SEC Approves Sweeping New Climate Disclosure Rule: Key Takeaways. Read here.       
  • Client Feature: 
    This month, we are excited to feature Aclarity, Inc., a trailblazer in the fight to eliminate PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contamination. The company recently secured an impressive $15.9 million in its Series A funding round, which will be instrumental in driving growth and accelerating the deployment of the company’s groundbreaking technology to communities and industries in need of remediation. Read here.       
  • M&A Spotlight: 
    Read about the latest round of M&A activity in the energy and sustainability space. Read here.       
  • Washington Update: 
    Read the latest energy policy updates coming out of the Capitol, including new DOE funding for industrial decarbonization and funding for the interconnection of renewable energy into the grid, plus new vehicle pollution standards focused on EVs and a new national zero-emission freight corridor strategy. Read here.       
  • Litigation Updates: 
    Read the latest litigation news in the energy and sustainability space. Read here.       
  • Event Highlights: 
    Don’t miss exciting events happening soon, including Dynamo’s April Founders Forum & the Greentown Labs Cleantech Open Houston Kick-Off Event. Learn more here.       
  • ELM Earth Night 2024: 
    During this pivotal year for climate action, the Environmental League of Massachusetts is bringing together energy sector stakeholders from across the Commonwealth for Earth Night 2024. Business and civic leaders, policymakers, and environmental advocates will gather at Fenway Park on May 9 to recognize local eco champions and form strategies for turning climate goals into results. Learn more here.       
  • Energy Funding Matrix: 
    ML Strategies and Mintz have developed a matrix of federal grant, loan, and financing programs to help you leverage federal dollars in your clean and renewable energy efforts. Learn more here.       

We would also like to remind our readers that you can always ask us anything at We built the MintzEdge website as a resource for entrepreneurs and investors, and hope that all of you take advantage of the site and see how it can help you.    

Energy and Sustainability Team — Built For This Moment

At the frontlines of the energy and sustainability revolution since the start, our team was built for this moment: to advance innovation, transform infrastructure, and scale solutions integral to business success and a thriving planet.  


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Thomas R. Burton, III

Member / Chair, Energy & Sustainability Practice

Tom Burton has helped to shape the clean energy industry by drawing on his passion for innovation. As a Mintz attorney, Tom counsels investors, entrepreneurs, and Fortune 100 companies. He also guides start-up organizations and accelerators to foster the next generation of energy leaders.

Sahir Surmeli

Member / Co-chair, Energy & Sustainability Practice

Sahir Surmeli is a Mintz business counselor who advises companies, boards, entrepreneurs, investment banks, and venture and private equity investors as they build and grow companies. He handles public offerings, 144A and private financings, acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships.

Xandy Walsh


Xandy’s practice focuses on corporate and transactional matters, specifically focused on private equity and venture capital transactions, energy and infrastructure projects, and general corporate matters. He works with companies in a range of industries and leverages his prior experience as an energy regulator working with clients in the energy industry.