New Year, New Policies: What’s in Store for Clean Energy in 2019?
It has been a little over two months since the November 2018 midterm elections and the 116th United States Congress has commenced – with new members in both the Senate and House and a new majority in the House. Across the States and U.S. Territories, there are 20+ new Governors taking office, which means new cabinet appointments and new policy priorities. In addition, numerous new state legislators are taking office and state legislative sessions are getting underway. On today’s episode of Grid Geeks, I talk with three federal and state policy experts about the impacts of the 2018 elections on clean energy policy and what’s on the horizon in 2019. Guests: Steve Koerner, Founder and Principal at Policy Strategy & Insight;Jessica Scott, Senior Director, Interior West for Vote Solar; and, Brad Klein, Senior Attorney with the Environmental Law & Policy Center.
Steve Koerner, Founder and Principal at Policy Strategy & Insight, LLC
Steve Koerner is an independent energy policy consultant based in Northern Virginia. He has fifteen years of federal energy policy experience, including legislative staff positions in both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. He subsequently spent five years covering federal energy policy for Recurrent Energy, a leading utility-scale solar and storage developer. Steve worked on state and RTO policy in the Eastern U.S. for Recurrent as well, and continues to cover the Eastern U.S. as a consultant. Steve chaired the SEIA’s Federal Affairs Committee from 2015 to 2018 and SEIA’s Southeastern States Committee for 2017 and 2018. He also helped lead the solar industry’s successful 2015 effort to extend the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit.
Jessica Scott, Senior Director, Interior West, Vote Solar
Jessica leads Vote Solar's campaigns in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada where she has helped preserve retail rate net metering in CO and worked to pass 11 clean energy bills out of the 2017 Nevada Legislature. Jessica was born and raised in New Mexico and graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in biology and environmental studies.
Brad Klein, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center
Brad works to accelerate solar energy policies and development, and clean water litigation and policy issues. Mr. Klein previously served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and as a law fellow at the Environmental Law Institute. Before law school, he worked as an environmental engineer at the CH2M Hill consulting firm.