Noah Shaw

New York

I provide strategic and legal advice to market participants, government entities and others engaged in the renewable energy economy.

As a member of Foley Hoag's Energy & Climate practice, Noah Shaw concentrates on renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage and transmission system project regulatory, development, contracting, acquisition and financing matters.

Noah previously held the position of General Counsel of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). In this role from 2014 through 2019, Noah was a senior member of New York State’s energy team and guided policy formation and designed program structures related to New York’s Clean Energy Standard, Offshore Wind program, large-scale renewable energy credit program, the NY Green Bank, NY-Sun solar program, and programmatic and regulatory frameworks for the state's electric vehicles, community solar, energy storage, Property Assessed Clean Energy, building efficiency and related initiatives.

Before joining NYSERDA, Noah was Senior Advisor to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he provided legal counsel to the Office of the Secretary with respect to matters relating to the Department’s Loan Programs Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and also interfaced directly with the Office of Management and Budget, Securities and Exchange Commission, Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Department Office of Tax Policy, Domestic Policy Council, Council on Environmental Quality, congressional staff members and others


  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • Brandeis University, B.A., 1998

Bar and Court Admissions


  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court



  • General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Senior Advisor to the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy

Honors & Involvement

  • Member, Advisory Council, State Energy and Environmental Impact Center of the NYU Law School 
  • Member, Board of Directors: Adirondack Council (2019-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors: New York League of Conservation Voters – Capital District Chapter (2019-present) and State Policy Committee (2021-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors: Adirondack North Country Association (2019-present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Commonweal Ventures

Speaking Engagements

  • Offshore Renewable Energy Internationalization Seminar (November 2020)
  • Solar & Storage Finance USA Virtual Summit (November 2020)
  • How to Leverage Renewable Energy for Sustainability Performance (June 2020)