Karl R. Rábago
Karl R. Rábago is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The Center’s mission is to protect the earth’s environment through solutions that transform the ways that society supplies and consumes energy, with a special focus on clean energy—renewable energy, energy efficiency, microgrids and community energy solutions, electrification of transportation, and other distributed energy resources. An attorney licensed in Texas, Karl has more than 27 years of experience in energy and climate policy development, regulation, markets, and business. In his career, Karl has been a military officer, a utility regulator, a utility executive, a renewable energy developer, a law professor, and a clean energy advocate.
Karl leads the Center’s team in engagement in regulatory and policy proceedings, in development and training of law student interns, and ensuring that the Center is engaged in the critical clean energy and regulatory issues of our day. Karl serves as a professor for a designated service with the Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law and teaches energy law. A frequent expert witness in regulatory proceedings around the country, Karl has a reputation for bringing sharp analysis, strong logical argument, and a deep well of regulatory and policy experience to all his work. Karl serves as Chair of the Board of the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization that works to advance voluntary clean energy markets through certification of green energy products and services under the “Green-e” logo. He also sits on the Board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Karl also is co-director and principal investigator for the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition, a US DOE SunShot Initiative Solar Market Pathways project.
Karl has been recognized for leadership and achievement throughout his career. He was an Eagle Scout at the age of 12; a college graduate and 2d Lieutenant in the US Army at the age of 19, and the first Hispanic Texas Public Utility Commissioner at the age of 34. Karl is credited with establishing the nation’s first “Value of Solar” rate and in championing value-based rates for solar and other clean energy resources. He speaks and publishes widely on issues of electric utility transformation, renewable energy development, and clean energy policy.
Karl’s past positions include Commissioner, Texas Public Utility Commission; Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy; Vice President of Distributed Energy Services at Austin Energy; Director of Regulatory Affairs for the AES Corporation and AES Wind; and Managing Director & Principal of the Rocky Mountain Institute. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management, Karl is an attorney (University of Texas Law School, J.D. with Honors) with post-doctorate degrees in environmental (LL.M., Pace University School of Law) and military law (LL.M., US Army Judge Advocate General’s School). A veteran of more than 12 years in the US Army, he served as an Armored Cavalry officer and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and is Airborne and Ranger qualified.