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David Gahl
Director of Strategic Engagement
(518) 487-1744
dgahl@law.pace.edu

David represents Pace in the New York State Capital and at the Public Service Commission. Prior to joining the Center, David held various positions at Environmental Advocates of New York, New York State’s leading environmental advocacy organization. There he oversaw all aspects of the organization’s policy analysis, advocacy and communications work. He also ran the organization’s clean energy campaign. Prior to joining Environmental Advocates, David worked as a Senior Budget Analyst for the New York State Assembly Ways & Means Committee, as well as for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. David earned a B.A. in History from Miami University in Ohio and an M.A. with honors in Public Policy from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, SUNY Albany.

 

 

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In 2016 State of the State Governor Cuomo Adds Planks to His Climate Platform

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his policy priorities and Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget proposal yesterday in Albany. I was struck by the number of times the Governor mentioned the importance of tackling climate change. And he stressed the importance of New York State’s continued leadership on this critical issue. This is great news and bodes well for the future.

I was also struck by the number of energy and climate proposals the Governor mentioned that staff at the Pace Energy and Climate Center (Pace) are working on in some way.

New York to Obtain 50% of the State’s Electricity from Renewable Resources by 2030

New York State’s energy world is responding to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal in the New York Times today. The Governor has proposed to obtain 50% of the state’s electricity by 2030 from renewable resources such as wind and solar power. What's new today is that the Governor wants the New York State Public Service Commission to issue an order locking down this committment for the future.

The Clean Power Plan Puzzle: The Future of Efforts to Control Climate Pollution in the Northeast

With leaders from the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States gathering on Tuesday, November 17th in New York City to discuss the future of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), my colleagues and I at the Pace Energy and Climate Center (Pace) published the following paper entitled, "The Clean Power Plan Puzzle: The Future of Efforts to Control Climate Pollution in the Northeast".

As has been reported by Bloomberg BNA and other outlets, Pace’s analysis also shows that the base RGGI cap in 2020, is slightly lower than the collective 2030 mass-based targets established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

But features of the RGGI program design need revisions to ensure compliance with the CPP.

Worth the Wait: Cuomo Administration Establishes Ambitious State Climate Pollution Reduction Goals

The State Energy Planning Board approved the Final State Energy Plan at a meeting in Albany today, outlining ambitious targets for reducing climate pollution, and encouraging renewable energy and energy efficiency. The State Energy Plan announced new targets for the reduction of climate pollution and set a 40% reduction goal from 1990 levels by 2030. This ambitious goal puts New York among states leading the fight against climate change.

New Report: Charting a New Course for Energy Efficiency in New York

The Pace Energy and Climate Center presents the following report on New York State’s progress in meeting its energy efficiency savings goals under the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS). Entitled "Charting a New Course for Energy Efficiency in New York: Lessons from Existing Programs" the report examines the performance of the existing suite of energy efficiency efforts run by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the state’s investor owned utilities.

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Charting the Course for Energy Efficiency in New York

Entitled Charting a New Course for Energy Efficiency in New York: Lessons from Existing Programs, the report examines the performance of t

Pace & supporters’ comments on the NYS Department of Public Service "Straw Proposal" in the landmark Reforming the Energy Vision case (14-M-0101)

Comments filed to the NYS Public Service Commission by Pace and supporters (Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Environmenta

Pace & supporters' comments on the NYS Department of Public Service "Staff Report” in the landmark Reforming the Energy Vision case (14-M-0101) and the Clean Energy Fund case (14-M-0094)

Comments filed to the NYS Public Service Commission by Pace and nine supporting organizations in the landmark Reforming the Energy Vision case (14-

Pace Energy and Climate Center comments on the draft 2014 New York State Energy Plan

Comments filed to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the State Energy Planning Board on the draft New York State Ener