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Karl R. Rábago
Executive Director

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’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.

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Pace Launches Carbon Duration Curve Study

Pace Energy and Climate Center is happy to announce a recent award from the Heising Simons Foundation supporting policy analytic work that will help guide New York’s utility market reform process. In the coming months, the Center will undertake a novel analysis of the electric market to produce a revolutionary “carbon duration curve” that more accurately captures the instantaneous emissions impacts of electric resources on the grid.


Transition Support Mechanisms for Communities Facing Full or Partial Coal Power Plant Retirement in New York

The Transition Support Mechanisms report, prepared by Pace Energy and Climate Center with the support of Environmental Defense Fund, documents best

Retail Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar: Focus on New England

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently issued a study entitled “Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar into C

The Utilities of Maryland’s Future – An Agenda for Transformation

The Utilities of Maryland’s Future – An Agenda for Transformation charts a course for the Maryland Public Service Commiss

Declaration of Karl R. Rábago in Support of the CPP

Declaration of Karl Rábago in State of West Virginia, et al. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, et al.

Amicus Brief in Support of Clean Power Plan

Amicus brief filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by sixteen former high-level state environmental and

The Net Metering Riddle

Net metering opponents have done a masterful job in casting the debate around mistaken assumptions.

Primer on Solar Hot Water Technologies in New York

This research report summarizes basic information on solar hot water (SHW) technologies and their use in the state of New York.

Pace Energy and Climate Center 2015 Annual Report

The Pace Energy and Climate Center had an amazing year in 2015.