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Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter — May 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:   
    Mintz advises on essential annual actions for start-up boards at the end of their fiscal years. Read here.  
  • Client Feature:   
    This month, we are excited to feature AtmosZero, which recently announced the close of a $21 million Series A funding round co-led by our client The Engine Ventures, a fund committed to helping build and scale companies that are unlocking opportunities in climate change. Read here.  
  • M&A Spotlight:   
    Read about the latest 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 final US Department of Energy (DOE) rules setting new clean energy targets for federal buildings and simplifying National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules for some projects, final EPA rules aimed at cutting pollution from fossil fuel–fired power plants, a DOE report addressing commercialization of offshore wind, and $54 million in federal funding for electric mobility. 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 Greentown Labs’ upcoming Go Build Startup Showcase event, Circular Economy in the Buildings Sector, and the MA Tech 16 gathering of innovators. 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.  

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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.

Omar Bustami


Omar Bustami represents energy generation companies, project developers, industrial users of energy, businesses, manufacturers, and municipal utilities in a broad range of transactional, litigation and regulatory investigations and proceedings involving the power sector. He also advises clients in a variety of telecommunication matters.