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CvilleREA Renewable Energy Policy Discussion

  • CitySpace 100 5th Street Northeast Charlottesville, VA, 22902 United States (map)

Please join the Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance (CVilleREA) for a comprehensive Virginia Policy Discussion, including the happenings at the State Corporation Commission, the General Assembly and within the Northam Administration. Panelists will discuss the progress we have made in the past year, the challenges we continue to face and the opportunities for 2019 and beyond. The panel discussion will be moderated by Karla Loeb, Chief Policy & Development Officer at Sigora Solar and board member of CVille REA.

Our Panelists include the following individuals:

Karla Loeb, Moderator

Karla is a veteran in clean energy policy and business development, specializing in green field projects, new market entry and regulatory and legislative affairs. As the Chief Policy & Development Officer for Sigora, Karla is in charge of overseeing legislative, administrative and regulatory efforts at the local, state and national levels, as well as coordinating and managing strategic development partnerships. During the 2019 Virginia Legislative Session, Karla successfully coordinated and ushered the passage of legislation to establish a solar and energy efficiency financing platform for all homeowners in the Commonwealth. Karla currently serves as an elected alternate on the national trade association’s, SEIA, Board of Directors. Karla's clean energy expertise is extensive and diverse. Before joining Sigora, Karla established herself as an industry expert on issues relating to low-to-moderate income access to clean energy and resulted in the creation of LMI elevated solar incentives and other clean energy policies in Louisiana, New York, Mississippi and Connecticut. Karla’s clean energy experience includes substantial utility scale wind energy development including the development and construction of 1500+ MW of wind energy in Texas valued at more than 2 Billion dollars and contracted over 300,000 acres of wind energy projects in 4 states.

William Reisinger

Will Reisinger will discuss relevant regulatory proceedings before the Virginia State Corporation Commission and other developments and things to look out for in the coming months. Will is a lawyer based in Richmond who specializes in energy law and regulation. Will advises renewable energy businesses and trade associations regarding regulatory, business, and policy matters. He regularly represents clients before the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the Virginia General Assembly. Prior to entering private practice, Will served as an assistant Virginia attorney general and as a staff attorney for a non-profit environmental organization. He has been selected multiple years as one of Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” in the category of regulatory and administrative law. A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, Will graduated from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, and the Claude W. Pettit College of Law in Ada, Ohio.

Harry Godfrey

Harry Godfrey will discuss policy issues related to clean technologies, including but not limited to solar, wind, electric vehicles and general energy efficiency. As the Executive Director of Virginia Advanced Energy Economy and partner to CVille REA, Harry will address successes and failures in the past year, as well as plans for the upcoming year.

Harry serves as Executive Director of Virginia AEE. Harry comes to the organization from the advanced energy sector, having managed government affairs and public engagement for renewable development and energy efficiency businesses. Prior to his work in the private sector, Harry was an aide to the Majority Whip of the US House and the President of the United States. A proud Virginia native, Harry holds a BA in Economics from the College of William & Mary and an MPA from Princeton University.

Chris Bast

Chris Bast will discuss the status of Virginia entering the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and other positions around clean technology and the Administration.

Governor Northam appointed Christopher Bast to serve as Deputy Director of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in the summer of 2018. Chris previously was a Climate Policy Advisor in the City of Seattle, Washington’s Office of Sustainability and Environment. He worked for Governor Kaine in constituent affairs and policy from 2006 to 2009 and was the Energy Project Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy during 2010. After leaving state government in 2010, Mr. Bast’s career has focused on renewable energy and climate issues.

David Murray

David Murray will discuss the status of the Utility Scale and DG solar industry in Virginia, including but not limited to the Rubin Group net metering settlement and siting issues related to utility scale solar deployment.

A native of Washington, D.C., David joined MDV-SEIA as Executive Director in May of 2017. David’s primary responsibilities are implementing legislative and regulatory campaigns related to state-level solar energy policy, and managing membership of the organization. Previously, he worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Entrepreneurs, performing business engagement, policy research, and advocacy related to clean energy. He also served on numerous political campaigns in Virginia and North Carolina. David has a Master’s in Energy and Development Studies from the University of Cape Town and B.A. from the University of the North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is certified as a LEED Green Associate and NABCEP Entry Level Installer.