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David Gahl
Director of Strategic Engagement
(518) 487-1744

David Gahl is the Pace Energy and Climate Center’s Director of Strategic Engagement. He represents the Center in the New York State Capital and throughout the region. Prior to joining the Center, David held various positions at Environmental Advocates of New York, a watchdog group based in Albany. During his tenure, he oversaw all aspects of the organization’s policy analysis, advocacy and communications work. He also ran the organization’s clean energy campaign. David worked as a Senior Budget Analyst for the New York State Assembly Ways & Means Committee, and for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. He is an expert on state finance as it pertains to environmental and energy policy. David earned a B.A. in History from Miami University in Ohio and an M.A. in Public Policy from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, SUNY Albany.


Recent Albany Statehouse Political Shifts May Improve Prospects for Clean Energy in 2015

Several recent political developments, including Monday’s shocking news that veteran lawmaker and New York State Senate Energy Chair George Maziarz (R - Newfane) will not seek reelection in November, may mean new opportunities for clean energy legislation in Albany in 2015. 

NY-Sun Petition Approved: More Solar for New York

As part of New York State Earth Week festivities, the New York Public
Service Commission (PSC) today approved a petition from the New York State
Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to enhance and expand
the successful NY-Sun Initiative until 2023.
The expanded program will fund a 3,000-megawatt (MW) statewide solar
deployment goal and transition the NY-Sun incentive program to a
market-based MW block structure. That 3,000 MW of new solar power is

Proposed Legislative Budgets Mean Bad News for NY Clean Energy

As New York State budget negotiations kick into high-gear this week at the State Capitol, lawmakers should reject several bad ideas advanced on the energy and climate front.

First, the majority coalition that runs the State Senate advanced a plan that would cut all of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) operating appropriations.