Morgan M. Gerard

Associate

Washington, D.C.
Business Phone: 202.274.2897
Business Fax: 202.274.2994

morgan.gerard@troutman.com

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Morgan Gerard’s practice focuses on advising public and private sector clients on environmental and energy regulatory compliance, including permitting, rulemaking and enforcement actions. Morgan’s practice has focused on following the emerging energy trends and the associated environmental issues that arise in strengthening grid resilience and modernizing the energy system. Morgan has counseled clients ranging from those engaging in the hydropower licensing and re-licensing process to electric utilities and wholesale generators and distributed energy manufacturers, including electric vehicle manufacturers, solar installers, and energy storage providers. Morgan counsels clients on matters arising under the National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Power Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Endangered Species Act and similar state and local regulatory schemes.

Before joining Troutman Sanders, Morgan was a founding member of the energy efficiency company, Fisonic, where she assisted in the commercialization of new heating and water-based technologies.

Professional Experience

  • Counseled trade association consisting of providers of distributed energy resources in rate and grid modernization proceedings in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Participated in advising a distributed energy resources company in a favorable advisory proceeding regarding battery storage.
  • Involved in the early stages of a NEPA process for mine expansion, including the acquisition of conservation property and accompanying land restrictions to maintain environmental quality.
  • Assisted a private university in expanding its on-site generation facility to comply with their pre-existing approvals under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
  • Participate in all aspects of energy project development from negotiating ground leases and options, power purchase agreements, due diligence and environmental review to advising on regulatory issues regarding project compensation such as net metering versus avoided cost, interpreting tariffs and acquiring approvals from regulatory bodies, including permits at the local, state and federal level.
  • Drafted comments on behalf of a wholesale generator that recommended the structure for a CO2e auction framework. The recommendations were incorporated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in promulgating their declining greenhouse gas emissions limits under the state's Global Warming Solutions Act.
  • Assisted in a successful settlement between a municipal waste-water treatment facility and the Environmental Protection Agency. Appealed the municipal utility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit before the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB).
  • Provide litigation support in energy-related administrative and judicial proceedings.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Co-host of Women Who Write Washington, a group focused on highlighting emerging women authors who use their writings to advance women’s issues.
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Education

  • Georgetown University, LL.M., Dean's List, with Distinction, 2016
  • American University, J.D., Dean Merit Scholarship, 2013
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 2010

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York