Katherine Ross is an accomplished renewable energy and environmental lawyer who advises clients on their transactional, regulatory, and contractual needs. She leads Parker Poe’s Energy Industry Team.
Katherine provides counsel on the permitting, buying, selling, and financing of renewable energy projects. She advises renewable energy developers and independent power producers across the Southeast on site control and land acquisition agreements, land use permits, zoning entitlements, environmental permits, and local incentive and tax abatement agreements. She regularly represents clients before state commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Katherine represents developers on portfolios of renewable energy projects ranging in value from tens of millions of dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars, including representing developers on acquisitions, joint ventures, construction financing, permanent financing, and tax equity structures. Her clients include international solar energy companies, one of the largest American utilities, and some of the biggest independent power producers in the U.S. She also represents investors in renewable energy projects, entities providing loans and credit vehicles for those projects, and commercial and industrial businesses seeking renewable energy resources.
"Katherine is always on the leading edge of what is going on in the industry and is highly versed in all the permitting needs we have,” one of her clients told Chambers USA, which develops rankings using in-depth interviews and objective research. Katherine’s clients and peers consistently rank her among the top lawyers in North Carolina.
Katherine and the Parker Poe Energy Team routinely advise energy clients on development services agreements, engineering, procurement, and construction agreements, power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, and agreements for the sale of renewable energy certificates.
In addition, Katherine serves on the Parker Poe Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and is a past chair and active member of Parker Poe's Pro Bono Committee.