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Sam Swanson
Senior Policy Advisor
(914) 422-4227
sswanson@law.pace.edu

Sam Swanson serves as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Center.  Sam’s knowledge and experience extends to a wide range of electricity market policy and regulation subjects, including renewable and demand-side resource assessment, planning, evaluation and market development, the environmental impacts of electricity production, and electricity price regulation. Mr. Swanson has been a principal contributor to major projects that:

  • developed the Power Scorecard consumer education program
  • analyzed the barriers local building and fire codes pose to the deployment of hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen transportation fueling facilities in New York State
  • assessed opportunities to strengthen mico-grid reliability with investments in distributed generation
  • provided a guidebook for siting small biomass power plants
  • identified worldwide best practice regulatory policies aimed at mobilizing large scale energy provider investments in energy efficiency
  • addressed evaluation and performance metric guidelines for the New York Public Service Commission led Reforming the Energy Vision program

Sam serves as Co-Chair of Vermont’s Clean Energy Development Board. In 2015 the Vermont Legislature tapped Sam to serve on the its Solar Siting Task Force, which was tasked with strengthening the contributions of local government in the State’s solar site licensing program. Sam is past President of Renewable Energy Vermont, receiving their Renewable Energy Champion Award in 2011.  He also serves on the City of South Burlington Energy Advisory Committee and the Vermont Interfaith Power and Light Board of Directors.

Sam has appeared as an expert witness before regulatory commissions in Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, New York and Vermont. He previously served as a senior policy advisor and Deputy Director of the New York PSC Office of Energy Efficiency and the Environment. 

He holds a BA in Economics from Stony Brook University, a MPIA in Economic and Social Development from the University of Pittsburgh, and a certificate in Regulatory Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.

Publications

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

Quantifying residential pv economics in the us payback vs. cash flow determination of fair energy value

Payback is often used as a measure of profitability by prospective PV owners.

Renewable Certificates for Photovoltaics: A Model to Build Upon

Prepared for the Renewable Energy Technology Analysis Project, this document outlines how to make installation of a PV system more affordable throu