• 3 May 2021 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please note your affiliation and years of experience in the energy and/or environmental field

    I am a principal in the Energy Practice at Charles River Associates (CRA), an economic consulting firm. I have been working on energy and environmental topics since I joined CRA nearly 14 years ago.


    Any particular achievement/interest in energy/environment you would like to mention?

    My work in the industry is quite broad, covering climate policy, resource adequacy in electricity markets, renewable fuels policy, energy litigation, economic impact analysis, and more. I am interested in providing analytical insight to policymakers and regulators to drive policy and market design choices that address societal goals efficiently, without unintended consequences, and helping businesses to strategically respond.

    I am interested in the interactions between differing energy and environmental policies across regions and trade partners. Current examples include interregional power markets with varying state support for clean energy and international trade between countries with disparate climate policies. I am particularly interested in evaluating and addressing emissions leakage.

    In your opinion, what are important issues facing the energy industry nowadays?

    We just witnessed a decade of monumental shifts in our industry, with two of the largest being the resurgence of domestic fuel production and the precipitous decline in renewable energy costs. Neither of these shifts were well predicted (see 2021 gas price estimates from 2008). Both shifts had major, and somewhat competing, implications for decarbonization.

    As we look forward, we must acknowledge the potential for even greater shifts, including drastic changes in policy to reduce emissions. This uncertainty is an issue for an industry that generally requires large capital investments that serve as bets on the future. Further complicating decision-making are increasing extreme weather events (as observed recently in Texas and elsewhere) and other impacts of a changing climate.  Our industry has big issues to confront, which makes it interesting because there are big solutions to be found.

    How long have you been a member of NCAC? Any particular NCAC memory you would like to share with us?

    I have been a member of NCAC for nearly a decade. What I enjoy most of NCAC events is the ability to talk candidly with individuals passionate about energy economics who bring diverse professional backgrounds. I appreciate that event attendees come with the experiences from their jobs, but they don’t attend solely to represent their organizations.

    A specific memory from a few years ago involved sending a client a report I wrote highlighting an issue with the US Renewable Fuel Standard, then heading to an NCAC lunch to hear a speaker take the exact opposite position. It led to a post-talk discussion with the speaker and three other people professionally engaged in the topic. Similar experiences have happened with other topics. I am looking forward to many more.

  • 8 Apr 2021 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pease note your affiliation and years of experience in the energy and/or environmental field

    While I don’t have much experience yet in the energy economics field, I am passionate about global sustainability and climate change. Currently, I’m an intern for NCAC-USAEE and have been able to learn a lot about energy from the NCAC events and presentations hosted by members and guest speakers. 

    Any particular achievement/interest in energy/environment you would like to mention?

    As I mentioned above, I am interested in sustainability and creating a cleaner and healthier planet. Also, I am an economics and psychology major at Virginia Tech. I’m interested in human behavior and how we can motivate people to make choices that will create a positive impact on the environment. 

    In your opinion, what are important issues facing the energy industry nowadays? 

    Greenhouse gas emissions have been an ongoing topic in the news recently and I’m excited to see if the current Biden Administration can make a difference. 

    How long have you been a member of NCAC? Any particular NCAC memory you would like to share with us?

    I’ve been a member since November 2020. My favorite event so far was the 2021 annual dinner where in the happy hour I was able to meet several members and participate in some interesting conversations about non-fossil fuel energy and its challenges.


  • 7 Feb 2021 4:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please note your affiliation and years of experience in the energy and/or environmental field

    I am a Director of Research & Advisory at Energy Intelligence and a Professor of the Practice at Georgetown University, where I teach an energy course. I’ve been working in the energy field for over 15 years, across a range of sectors – civil society, international development finance, consulting and academia.

    Any particular achievement/interest in energy/environment you would like to mention?

    Over the past year, I’ve led the development of Energy Intelligence’s Energy Transition practice, building on over a decade of work on the issue across our company. The energy transition has long been a passion of mine, so this has been a gratifying experience.

    In your opinion, what are important issues facing the energy industry today?

    The energy transition – driven by growing climate risks – is the single biggest challenge actors across the energy industry are confronting today and will continue to face for decades to come. Many other key issues, such as ESG pressures, emerging technologies and the shifting policy landscape, link back to this overarching, potentially existential threat. I have been heartened to see climate action rise up the industry agenda in the past year despite the pandemic, and greatly enjoy advising a range of different clients on the issue.

    How long have you been a member of NCAC? Any particular NCAC memory you would like to share with us?

    I’ve been a member for roughly five years, but only started to play a more active role in mid-2019, when I joined the NCAC Council. Some of my best memories were with Rita Beale and the rest of the team that worked hard to put on the 2020 Annual Conference. Although we ultimately had to cancel the conference because of COVID-19, it was rewarding to get to know my fellow NCAC members as well as the top-notch speakers that welcomed the opportunity to participate. It’s a testament to NCAC’s strong reputation and standing in a vibrant Washington, DC energy community.

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