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Craig A. Hart
Craig Hart serves as Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center at Pace University’s Haub School of Law. Craig is also a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s Energy Policy & Climate program and a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center.
Craig has worked with governments and projects in the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa on renewables, energy efficiency, grid modernization and microgrids, and low carbon technologies for the fossil-fuel power generation sector. In the utility reform area, Craig advised Uzbekistan in its ongoing energy market and utility reform initiative leading to the restructuring of the state energy company Uzbekneftegaz, and advised the country of Georgia’s Ministry of Energy in reforming its state electricity transmission company.
Craig is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Council on Standards and Certification, which establishes and maintains ASME safety and performance standards, and monitors their implementation globally. Additionally, he serves on the International Standards Organization’s U.S. Technical Advisory Committee 265 for carbon sequestration technologies.
Craig’s academic research concentrates on energy transition and decarbonization in the context of economic development and firm competitiveness. His work includes extensive focus on China, having lived, taught and advised several Chinese government ministries for almost a decade. He writes regularly on China’s energy transition, including Mapping China’s Climate & Energy Policies (now in its fourth edition, 2019).
Prior to academia, Craig practiced law in the energy infrastructure project finance, capital markets, and carbon management fields, representing project developers, lenders, and investors focusing on energy infrastructure, clean energy, and high-technology. His practice included practicing with the international law firms White & Case and O’Melveny & Myers, and serving as counsel to the Asia Development Bank’s Future Carbon Fund, a $115 million fund to finance renewables and carbon reduction projects under the Clean Development Mechanism in Asia and the Pacific.
Dr. Hart earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology researching decarbonization paths with the aim of preventing dangerous climate change, a bachelor’s and law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master’s in economics from New York University.
Emma began working in environmental law and policy organizing student lobbying efforts in favor of a state-wide natural gas fracking moratorium in 2014 with NYPIRG. Her interests in community-based project development led her to roles as project leader for downstate-New York non-profits organizing community-wide sustainability initiatives that required engagement of local officials, private businesses, and community members. Emma’s efforts culminated in her membership on an inter-disciplinary team that developed an urban-renewal plan for the West River neighborhood of New Haven and West Haven, Connecticut, which analyzed and presented the municipal stakeholders with best approaches to address the area’s economic, recreational, transportation, and coastal resiliency concerns.
Emma completed her JD with an Advanced Certificate in Environmental Law at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law and a Master’s in Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. While completing these degrees, she interned with the Land Use Law Center, where she worked with municipalities to compose the form-based codes and helped build a national database on land use regulations for solar energy, the Charlottesville office of the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, where Emma participated in successful legislative efforts against natural-gas pipeline development. In 2021, Emma received a Master of Laws in Energy and Climate Law from Pace while serving as the Center’s Fellow.
Richard L. Ottinger
Dean Emeritus and Founder
Richard L. Ottinger is Dean Emeritus of The Elisabeth Haub School of Law of Pace University He is Co-Director, with Haub Distinguished Chair of International Law Smita Narula, of the Haub/Pace Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies. He is Chair Emeritus and co-founder of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1971 and 1975 to 1985, chairing the House Energy Conservation & Power Subcommittee. Ottinger then taught environmental law at Haub/Pace Law School from 1985 to 1994, after which he served as Dean until July 1, 1999. He founded the Pace Energy and Climate Center and co-edited and co-authored its seminal U.S. work on environmental externalities: The Environmental Costs of Electricity (Oceana Press, 1990). He has authored and edited some 100 books and articles on sustainable energy, including The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development and Compendium of Sustainable Energy Laws (Cambridge University Press 2005); UNEP Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Laws (UNEP 2016).
In 2005 he received the American Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2017 the national Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy from the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources.
Ottinger specializes in educating students by involving them in action on key national and international environmental and energy issues. Thus, he involved students in a joint study with Shanghai Jaio Tong University on how U.S. environmental laws are implemented, the key conclusions of which were incorporated in the 2015 China environmental law revisions; and in a study for the National University of Singapore and APCEL on laws adopted worldwide for climate change adaptation.
Institute for Energy Democracy Fellow
Jim Lazar is an economist with more than 40 years of experience in utility rate making and resource planning. In his early consulting career, Jim testified in more than 100 regulatory dockets before local, state, federal, and Canadian provincial utility regulators. Then, for more than twenty years, he served as a Senior Advisor with the Regulatory Assistance Project. His RAP work involved training and technical assistance for utility regulators in the United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe, and authoring more than a dozen handbooks and guides, including Electricity Regulation in the US: A Guide, Smart Rate Design for a Smart Future, and Electric Cost Allocation for a New Era. Those publications are all available at www.raponline.org at no charge. He is a former member of the US DOE Electricity Advisory Committee. Jim is a former Commissioner of the Thurston County Public Utility District, an avid cyclist, and loves the mountains and rivers of the Pacific Northwest. He lives in Olympia, Washington.
Institute for Energy Democracy Fellow
Janine Migden-Ostrander has over four decades of experience in the energy field. Most recently, Janine was a Principal at the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) where she focused on regulatory issues and worked on power sector transformation. Some of her major projects included: advising and assisting the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, from its creation in 2015 until she left RAP in 2021 on a variety of cutting-edge issues including microgrid regulations and performance incentive mechanism; assisting Arkansas develop comprehensive energy efficiency programs as part of the Clean Energy Ministerial; the Finding Common Ground Project which brought leading environmental and regulatory stakeholders together to discuss and develop pathways on regulatory issues; and many others.
From 2004 – 2011, Janine served as Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and represented Ohio’s 4.4 million residential households on electric, gas, telephone and water issues. In this role, Janine focused on rate affordability for all customers, the promotion of distributed energy resource options for customers, low-income customer protections, broadband for rural and disenfranchised communities; and administrative due process for consumers in the regulatory process. In her capacity as the Consumers’ Counsel, Janine oversaw the policy and advocacy positions in the many hundreds of cases in which the Consumers’ Counsel participated.
Janine worked at Enron as a Senior Director of Government Affairs where she was responsible for leading the Corporation’s efforts to deregulate the electric and gas industry in the Midwest. This included working on legislation and regulations to implement deregulation in addition to working with the Enron business units to offer deregulated services.
During the course of her career, Janine has litigated cases involving all aspects of utility regulation for consumer and environmental groups, from rate cases to integrated resource planning.
Janine received her J.D., from Capital University Law School,in Columbus, OH, a B.A from the State University of New York, Plattsburg, New York, December and a Certificat de la Langue et Civilisation Francais from La Sorbonne, Paris.
Institute for Energy Democracy Fellow
At CCEnergy, Dan has been a hands-on leader who is engaged in CCEnergy member installations, equipment purchasing and customer service. Dan also provides leadership in building community relationships for the benefit of CCEnergy’s members and has been active in advocating for solar-friendly energy policies at the local, state, and federal level. Dan was one of the first to develop a set of spreadsheet tools to automate many aspects of the evaluation, design, sales, and project management for solar energy systems.
Dan has built a reputation in solar activism at the local, state, and national level. He regularly travels to Sacramento and Washington, DC to lobby on behalf of bills to support the solar industry. He has worked with other solar advocacy groups to build grassroots support for specific legislation and testify at regulatory hearings affecting solar energy. These activities have earned the respect of many within the solar industry and enhanced Dan’s reputation as one of the true “good guys” working hard to make sure everyone’s solar rights are protected.
Dan has extensive experience in project management and in building effective information systems. Dan has started two successful businesses in the software development field: DataWeb Systems, a consulting firm for building database-driven web applications for medium-sized business customers, and CollabNet, a company building Web-based collaborative software development solutions for large corporate customers.
Education: B.A. in Economics, Harvard, 1982; MBA in Finance and MIS, State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton, 1986
Institute for Energy Democracy Fellow
Prior to joining ACEEE in 2008, she served many different companies and associations holding various titles including Director for the Office of Innovation at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Energy and Climate Policy Director for the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), Senior Policy Advisor for the Northeast-Midwest House and Senate Coalitions on Capitol Hill, and as Founder and Director of the Maine Environment & Energy Center (E2 Center), which is now E2Tech.
Suzanne continues to work in New England, and nationally, on multiple clean energy efforts as Principal for Watson Strategy Group.
Suzanne received her BA in political theory from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She was awarded a juris doctor and master of intellectual property law from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formally Franklin Pierce Law Center) in Concord, New Hampshire.