Andrew Holland, Senior Fellow on National Security and Climate Change

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Andrew Holland is the American Security Project’s Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate. He is a Washington-based expert on energy, climate change, and infrastructure policy. He works at the center of debates about how to achieve sustainable energy security and how to effectively address climate change.

He served as Legislative Assistant on Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure for United States Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska for three years from 2006 through 2008.  He worked in the US House of Representatives for the House Ways and Means Committee and the Office of Congresswoman Roukema.

He holds a Master’s Degree in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a  Bachelor’s Degree in History and Economics from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

He is originally from New York City, grew up in New Jersey, and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.

Nancy LaPlaca, J.D., Senior Fellow on Regulatory Issues

Nancy LaPlaca, J.D., served as Policy Advisory to Arizona Corporation Commissioner Paul Newman from 2009 to 2013. During that time, Nancy and Commissioner Newman helped to pass one of the most aggressive Energy Efficiency Standards in the U.S. and championed the  expansion of progressive policies such as aggregated and virtual net metering, community solar, energy imbalance markets, and including so-called ‘externalized’ costs of coal-fired power. Nancy spent 3 years at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission as a clean energy advocate, pushing against utility plans to build “clean” coal power plant in Colorado and Arizona. She also authored a 2007 fact sheet on Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC, or “clean” coal) used by hundreds of activists around the U.S., and helped advocates understand why “clean” coal is uneconomic and cannot compete with solar, wind, biodigesters, efficiency and other technologies. Nancy served as co-chair of the Energy Resources and the Environment Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners for two years, working with Commissioners around the U.S. Nancy’s current work includes serving as an expert witness in avoided cost, net metering, renewable portfolio standards, and energy efficiency dockets–and helping clients navigate the complex world of energy efficiency programs.

Contact Nancy LaPlaca here or on Twitter

Timothy Schoechle, Ph.D., Senior Fellow on Electricity and Information Technology

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Dr. Schoechle is an international consultant in computer and communications engineering and in technical standards development. He presently serves as Secretary of ISO/IEC SC25 Working Group 1, the international standards committee for Home Electronic System and is a technical co-editor of several new international standards related to the smart grid. He also serves as Secretariat of ISO/IEC SC32Data Management and Interchange, and he currently participates in a range of national and international standards bodies related to smart grid technology and policy issues.

As an entrepreneur, he has engineered the development of electric utility gateways and energy management systems for over 25 years and has played a role in the development of standards for home networks and for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). He is a former faculty member of the University of Colorado College of Engineering and Applied Science.  He is considered an expert on the international standards system, the topic of his 2009 book, Standardization and Digital Enclosure.  Dr. Schoechle was a co-founder of BI Incorporated, a pioneer developer of RFID technology.  He holds an M.S. in telecommunications engineering (1995) and a Ph.D. in communication policy (2004) from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Contact Tim Schoechle here.

Zane Selvans, Senior Fellow on Coal

Zane-Selvans-Energy-and-Policy-Institute-Senior-Fellow.jpgZane Selvans is a planetary geophysicist turned energy and climate policy wonk. In graduate school he studied the climate history of Mars and tectonics on Jupiter’s moon Europa at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, the California Institute of Technology, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

After receiving his Ph.D. in 2009, Zane decided to re-focus his attention on the much more immediate issues of climate change and energy policy on Earth. Today he is the Director of Research and Policy at Clean Energy Action, a small non-profit in Boulder, Colorado, where he works on coal supply issues, risk pricing and allocation in utility regulation, carbon pricing, and new utility business models and financing mechanisms that can be used to deploy renewables and energy efficiency at scale.  He has submitted testimony to the Colorado Public Utility Commission related to utility resource planning, and been involved in the City of Boulder’sefforts to decarbonize its electricity supply.

Zane’s influences include: Carl Sagan, Edward Abbey, Alex Steffen, Vaclav Smil and Jan Gehl.  He believes that very high quality lives are available at much lower levels of energy and material resource consumption than are typically seen in the developed world today.

Kartikeya Singh, Senior Fellow on Energy Access

Kartikeya-Singh-Energy-Policy-Institute-Senior-Fellow.jpgKartikeya Singh, a PhD candidate at The Fletcher School and CIERP Doctoral Research Fellow, received his Master of Environmental Science degree at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. His research interests include climate change and energy policy, innovation and the geopolitics of energy use. His current thesis focuses on firm-level characteristics that affect decentralized solar lighting technologies scaling in India while his Master’s thesis focused on effective management of access to energy for rural communities in India through various different decentralized renewable energy systems. Previously, Kartikeya was a consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund. He is the co-founder of the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), which has served as a forum for voices of the budding youth climate movement across South Asia. He has been involved with international climate negotiations since the UN climate talks in Bali in 2007 and has served as part of the negotiating team of the government of Maldives at the climate talks from 2009 to 2012. Kartikeya received his Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Sustainable Development from Furman University.

Contact Kartikeya Singh here.

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