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MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) announces that Damali Harding, a veteran executive, renewable energy and utilities expert and community advocate, has joined RAP’s U.S. program as managing principal.
“Damali brings a wealth of experience and expertise that will enable us to grow and evolve to meet the emerging needs of the clean energy sector,” said Mandy Mahoney, RAP’s U.S. program director.
Harding comes to RAP after serving as account strategy and relationship director at Oracle, formerly Opower, where she advised utilities on behavioral load shaping, customer engagement strategies and demand response management.
Previously, she was executive director of the Energy Co-op, a nonprofit, member-owned energy cooperative which provides renewable energy to thousands of homes and businesses in the greater Philadelphia area. She remains a board member of the Co-op. She also served as commercial director for Enviva LP, the world’s largest producer of industrial biomass to create clean renewable energy, and earlier in her career worked in consulting for IBM Global Business Management Services and Deloitte.
“The energy customer is becoming an active and vital participant in the power system,” RAP President and CEO Richard Sedano said. “Damali’s experiences highlight what people bring to the table and urge us to think big about the small contributions each of us can make.”
Harding earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. She is on the board of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, a member of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy, and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She is in frequent demand for speaking engagements on energy topics as well as strategic management, leadership development, and community building. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, daughter and rescue animals.
“With the depth of expertise and significant pathways RAP has made for energy, I am honored to be joining this amazing team,” Harding said. “I look forward to continuing to advocate for a clean, equitable energy future.”
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The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) announced today that it has named Mandy Mahoney to lead the organization’s U.S. Program. Ms. Mahoney will provide strategic leadership and vision while managing RAP’s U.S. team as they provide thought leadership and technical advice to policymakers navigating the clean energy transition.
RAP President and CEO Richard Sedano expressed excitement about Ms. Mahoney’s appointment.
“I am ecstatic to bring Mandy into RAP to lead our work in the United States,” said Sedano. “She brings enthusiasm for how energy and climate policy affects people, and her extensive experience in collaborating to find effective paths for progress is essential to our mission.”
Mahoney replaces outgoing U.S. program director Ann McCabe, who will rejoin the Illinois Commerce Commission on February 1.
“I wish a huge congratulations to Ann McCabe. She has been a tremendous leader for RAP and it is an honor to take the reins from her,” said Mahoney. “I am joining RAP because my passion fully aligns with RAP’s mission of accelerating the transition to a clean, reliable, and efficient energy future. I look forward to working with our community to support the acceleration and change in an equitable and just manner.”
Based in Atlanta, Mahoney was previously president of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) applying her regional leadership in climate change, clean energy, affordable housing, and environmental justice policy across the 11 state Southeast. During her decade-long tenure, she guided strategic policy initiatives, coordinated state, federal and local advocacy campaigns, and formed collaborative relationships with utilities, public officials, NGOs and industry. Prior to that, Mahoney served as the City of Atlanta’s inaugural Sustainability Director across two administrations.
Mahoney holds a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University and a law degree and bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from Emory University.
McCabe joined the Regulatory Assistance Project in 2020, successfully leading RAP’s flagship U.S. program through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. During her tenure, RAP advised dozens of states on policies that meet the urgency of the climate crisis and advance an equitable and efficient energy transition.
“I look forward to applying the insights I have learned at RAP and in the rest of my career in this new role. Illinois’ transformational Climate and Equitable Jobs Act is an opportunity to implement cutting edge solutions responsive to larger energy transition trends on a foundation of strong and just regulatory principles,” said McCabe.
RAP’s U.S. team will continue developing solutions to the challenges regulators and other decision-makers face as they decarbonize our economy with attention to efficiency and reliability. The team focuses on opportunities to electrify buildings and transportation, address the regulatory transition of the gas industry, remove barriers to clean distributed energy resources, and broadly decarbonize the electric grid.
McCabe previously served on the Illinois commission from 2012 to 2017.
“I had hoped our partnership in RAP would be longer, but I’m excited for Ann to help Illinois with its clean energy transition at this crucial time,” said CEO Richard Sedano. “I look forward to continuing colleagueship with Ann that began with her first stint as a commissioner, and I wish her a successful second tenure on the ICC.”
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能源行业在实现脱碳目标中起着至关重要的作用，制定雄心勃勃的脱碳目标是政府的职责，而国家、地区的能源监管机构将在政策落地方面发挥关键作用。英国格拉斯哥当地时间11月3日，睿博能源智库与英国能源监管局(Ofgem)，国际能源署，世界银行，国际可再生能源署等召集了全球能源监管机构和组织，启动了国际“能源监管转型加速项目”(Regulatory energy Transition Accelerator)，旨在提高能源监管机构的能力，以促进高效、迅速和公平的能源系统脱碳。
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BRUSSELS, Belgium — The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) announces that three energy and environmental policy experts have joined its European programme.
Jaap Burger, Sophie Yule-Bennett and Dominic Scott join RAP as senior advisors, adding to the organisation’s expertise with smart charging of electric vehicles, demand response and market reform, and energy markets and renewables.
“I am thrilled to have Jaap, Sophie and Dominic join our team,” says Dr. Jan Rosenow, director of RAP’s European programme. “As RAP continues to be a leader in the discussion surrounding Europe’s ambitious climate neutrality goals, I know that their experiences will add unique perspectives to the conversation.”
Mr. Burger’s focus includes policies around electric vehicle smart charging, which are a key component to decarbonising Europe’s power market and grid. Before RAP, Mr. Burger worked for the city of Amsterdam, helping roll out the municipal EV charging infrastructure. With that experience, he worked with various grid operators and public authorities on their smart charging road maps and strategies for grid integration and charging infrastructure rollouts.
Ms. Yule-Bennett’s experience stretches nearly 15 years in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, specialising in energy markets, renewables and demand-side response. She has leveraged her public sector legal knowledge and served as general counsel to an energy startup company, gaining firsthand experience of the market barriers facing clean-tech disruptors. Most recently, she has focused on advising nonprofit organisations and philanthropic foundations on energy and climate strategy, litigation and legislative proposals.
With more than a decade of experience in the public, private and academic sectors, Mr. Scott focuses on the power sector, including demand response, market reform and maximising the potential of the Clean Energy for All Europeans legislative package. In addition to serving 10 years in the British civil service, he worked for UK energy regulator Ofgem on imbalance price formation and broader electricity market reforms. Most recently, Mr. Scott has lectured in energy economics and policy at the University of Reykjavik.
RAP is an independent, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization dedicated to accelerating the transition to a clean, reliable and efficient energy future. RAP has deep expertise in energy policies that promote economic efficiency, protect the environment, ensure system reliability and produce other benefits for society. With support from foundation and governmental grants, RAP provides technical and policy assistance to government officials on a broad range of energy and environmental issues. It focuses on the world’s four largest power markets: China, Europe, India and the United States. raponline.org.
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MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) announces that Jeff Ackermann, former chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, has joined RAP’s U.S. program as a senior advisor.
Ackermann brings extensive expertise in utility regulatory reform, renewable energy policy and energy efficiency to RAP. During his four-year term leading the Colorado PUC, which concluded in January 2021, he worked to implement the state’s ambitious clean energy agenda. In 2019-20, he also served as chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. He has more than 30 years of state government and energy-sector experience in Colorado, including serving as executive director of the state’s Energy Office before being appointed PUC chair by then-Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Ackermann, based in Denver, is also currently a senior policy advisor with Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy, working on the Western Interconnect Regional Electricity Dialogue (WIRED) initiative.
He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental economic studies from Albion College and a master’s degree in nonprofit management and leadership from Regis University.
****************************************************************************RAP is an independent, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization dedicated to accelerating the transition to a clean, reliable and efficient energy future. RAP has deep expertise in energy policies that promote economic efficiency, protect the environment, ensure system reliability and produce other benefits for society. With support from foundation and governmental grants, RAP provides technical and policy assistance to government officials on a broad range of energy and environmental issues. It focuses on the world’s four largest power markets: China, Europe, India and the United States. raponline.org.
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Beijing, China — The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) has hired Dr. Pengfei Xie to lead its China program in Beijing. Dr. Xie joins RAP after serving as the China chief representative of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. A certified urban planner with a focus on sustainable development, Dr. Xie will lead RAP’s efforts to help Chinese policymakers make meaningful power sector reform and meet their climate goals.
Prior to C40, Dr. Xie worked with Chinese cities, ministries, research institutes and international nongovernmental organizations as the director of the China Sustainable Cities Project for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He also played an important role in developing national guidelines and standards on urban sustainability in China as a research scientist with the China Society for Urban Studies at the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD). Earlier in his career, Dr. Xie gained international experience as a research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
“I am thrilled for Dr. Xie to lead our China team. Dr. Xie’s track record of building effective programs and delivering valuable technical advice will serve China’s decision-makers as they translate their climate commitments into action,” said Rich Sedano, RAP’s president and CEO.
Dr. Xie said he’s looking forward to supporting RAP’s work. “RAP is an organization with an excellent reputation in China for sound energy policy advice. I am very excited to apply my experience to this important organization and promote the use of clean energy,” said Dr. Xie.
Dr. Xie earned his doctorate from Peking University and a master’s degree from University College London and obtained the research scientist professional title evaluated and awarded by MoHURD.
Max Dupuy, a senior associate and longtime contributor to RAP’s China work, served as the interim director during the pandemic. “I want to thank Max for his creative service to RAP’s China work during this recruitment while maintaining some of his U.S. projects,” said Mr. Sedano. Mr. Dupuy will continue to support RAP’s China and U.S. programs.
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BRUSSELS, Belgium — The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) has hired Bram Claeys, former director general of the Belgian renewable energy federation, ODE. A prominent leader in renewable energy in Belgium, Mr. Claeys brings deep insight from industry, research and government. A passionate proponent of the transition to clean energy, he will lead the RAP Europe programme’s efforts on community energy and renewables.
After serving as advisor to the Flemish Energy Minister, Mr. Claeys moved to the United States to gather international experience. From 2011 to 2015, he rose to the position of renewable energy deputy director at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. He helped maintain Massachusetts’ clean energy leadership through analysis and development of cutting‑edge renewable energy policies.
“We’re delighted to welcome Bram to RAP. He’s a seasoned analyst who truly understands regulation in Europe. His expertise from different sectors will serve the European policy world well at this critical time,” explained Dr. Jan Rosenow, director of European programmes.
“Joining RAP feels like the natural next step,” said Claeys. “The rapid pace of change in European legislation brings a challenge for policymakers and industry alike. This work allows me to help stakeholders adopt best practices to advance the energy transition and still meet the essential needs of the people who are affected by their decision.”
Mr. Claeys earned master’s degrees in chemistry and international cooperation from Ghent University in Belgium, as well as an additional master’s in environmental science and technology from the University of Brussels, Belgium.
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BRUSSELS, Belgium—The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) welcomes Marion Santini as an associate for its Europe programme.
Ms. Santini joins RAP with more than 14 years of expertise in energy and environmental policy. In her new role, she advises policymakers and energy sector stakeholders on energy efficiency, beneficial electrification of heating and accelerating the pace of decarbonisation.
“Marion’s strong grasp of energy efficiency legislation in the European Union and her previous work on key climate and environmental issues are truly valuable for RAP,” said European programme director Dr. Jan Rosenow. “She’s effective at communicating the urgency and critical nature of the solutions to the decarbonisation challenge in Europe. We’re delighted to bring her on board.”
Prior to joining RAP, Ms. Santini acted as senior consultant for Stefan Scheuer SPRL in Brussels. Her most challenging project in this multi-faceted role, was leading The Coalition for Energy Savings’ advocacy work during the Clean Energy for All Europeans legislative process. In a previous role for World Wide Fund for Nature, Ms. Santini supported the development of climate-related business partnerships in Europe and around the world. She also led communications at Nexus, a nonprofit providing access to finance for clean energy and water solutions in Asia.
“We’re a tight-knit group working on energy efficiency in Brussels,” explained Santini. “I’ve always appreciated the thought leadership RAP has exhibited in discussions over the years. It’s exciting to now work together on the many opportunities presented by the clean energy transition.”
Ms. Santini attended the Institut d’Etudes politiques of Strasbourg, France, where she earned an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in European policy. She also holds an undergraduate degree in economics and management from Université Pierre Mendes France — Grenoble 2.
RAP is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to accelerating the transition to a clean, reliable, and efficient energy future. RAP’s registered European non-profit entity (ASBL) is based in Brussels.
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