Grid Modernization & Innovation

Solar Power International & Energy Storage International

The Future of Solar in the Northeast

Tuesday, September 25
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 202AB

This session will discuss the future of solar in the northeast. It will focus on figuring out the right incentive structures needed to create conditions under which the industry can scale as it continues to lower costs and become increasingly competitive.

David Gahl

Director, State Affairs, Northeast
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

David Gahl is SEIA’s Director of State Affairs, Northeast where he works on regulatory and legislative matters in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
Prior to joining SEIA, David worked at the Pace Energy and Climate Center at Pace University’s Law School, where he was deeply involved in New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision effort. Prior to Pace, David held various positions at Environmental Advocates of New York, New York State’s leading environmental advocacy organization. In these roles, he managed aspects of the organization’s policy analysis, advocacy and communications work.
David lives outside Albany, New York.


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Representative Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

Massachusetts State Representative
Massachusetts House of Representatives

Tom currently serves as State Representative for the 16th Middlesex District which includes Lowell and Chelmsford. In February 2015 he was appointed as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy.

During his tenure as Chairman, Tom has worked with his colleagues on the Joint Committee to successfully pass An Act Relative to Solar Energy, which Governor Baker signed into law on April 11th, 2016, that increased solar deployment and contained costs. He and his colleagues also pushed An Act Relative to Energy Diversity to its final passage. The bill, which became law on August 8th, 2016, established the framework for the largest procurement of clean energy resources in the history of the Commonwealth, including 1600 megawatts of offshore wind and 1200 megawatts of large-scale hydropower.

As Chairman, Tom has continued to seek bold legislative steps, collaborating with his colleagues to pass An Act to Advance Clean Energy, signed into law on August 9th, 2018. The bill prevents complicated fees from being levied on solar power users, establishes a state energy storage target of 1,000 megawatt hours, requires storage plans to increase grid resiliency, and creates a first-in-the-nation Clean Peak Standard program to pair energy storage with solar and other clean energy resources. It also doubles the RPS increase in Massachusetts through 2029 and authorizes an additional 1600 megawatts of offshore wind.


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President Joseph Fiordaliso

The State of New Jersey
Board of Public Utilities


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Evan S. Dube

Senior Director Public Policy

Evan Dube
Evan Dube is Senior Director of Public Policy for Sunrun. Evan has more than 12 years of experience working in energy policy, and focuses on federal and state regulatory and legislative matters. Prior to joining Sunrun, Evan served as Assistant Commissioner to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund. He also served in the Massachusetts legislature as General Counsel to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, and the House Committee on Ways and Means. Evan holds a B.A. from Boston University, and a J.D. from The Villanova University School of Law.


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Ray Long

Senior Vice President


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Katie B. Rever, MEM/MPP

Director, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
IGS Solar

As Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Katie is responsible for representing IGS Solar with state legislatures and utility commissions across the country. Additionally, she helps the Solar team anticipate the challenges and opportunities brought about by the rapidly changing solar policy landscape.

Prior to joining IGS, Katie was a Senior Director for State Affairs with the Solar Energy Industries Association where she led SEIA’s regulatory and legislative activity in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and other eastern states. Prior to SEIA, Katie was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Program where she managed solar and energy efficiency market transformation activities, including workforce development and international issues. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned her Masters in Public Policy and Environmental Management from Duke University.


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