Charlie Howland joined Customized Energy Solutions as its outside General Counsel in October, 2019. He is a partner and head of the Environmental Group at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York City where he advises U.S. and foreign clients on all aspects of environmental and energy law. Among his focuses are legal issues associated with ‘grid edge’ energy projects, including financing and siting renewable energy projects on environmentally impaired lands (‘brightfields’).
Charlie joined Curtis after a 28 year career at the USEPA, where he served as Senior Assistant Regional Counsel at the agency’s Region 3 office working on complex site cleanups and enforcement actions, as well as several guidance-writing workgroups. During a leave of absence from the agency in 2008-09 he served as general counsel for a renewable energy developer.
In 2018 he served as Senior Advisor to EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, helping to implement Superfund Task Force reforms. In 2019 EPA appointed Charlie to the Superfund Working Group of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, which advises the EPA Administrator on how to better ensure community acceptance of Superfund cleanups and revitalization of communities in a manner that recognizes the unique burdens and vulnerabilities of adjacent environmental justice populations.
He currently serves as a member of the board of the Energy Coordinating Agency, which provides programs to help address the energy needs of low-income Philadelphians through energy conservation, education, heating, and home repair services. Between 2004 and 2018 he served on the Lower Merion Township Planning Commission, the last four years as co-chair.
Charlie has presented at numerous professional conferences on various environmental and energy law issues. He has taught environmental and energy law at several different universities in the U.S. and abroad, including Energy Law at Villanova Law and Navigating the Regulatory State: Law, Science and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has been named a U.S. State Department Fulbright Fellow Specialist, pursuant to which he taught energy law at the UiT: Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø as part of its efforts to create a new Joint Nordic Master Programme in Environmental and Energy Law in September, 2019. In September and October of 2022 he served a second Fulbright term teaching environmental and energy law at the Tashkent State University of Law in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Charlie holds a B.A. from Cornell University, and a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law. He has also completed executive education programs at the Harvard University JFK School of Government (Understanding Environmental Economics: Strategies for Policy Makers and Managers) and the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Energy Executive Leadership Institute).