The Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network

December 16, 2016

How will the incoming administration impact the transformation of the US energy system? What - if any - impacts do we expect to see on electricity generation and grid, on transportation fuels, and on heating? What future lies ahead for coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewables?

With Julia De la Cruz (Bulletin Intelligence), Catrina Rorke (R Street Institute) and Scott Clausen (American Council on Renewable Energy - ACORE)

Moderated by Max Gruenig (Ecologic Institute)

Julia (Collins) De la Cruz is from California, speaks four languages, and has worked in seven countries. She has a master's degree in international energy policy from George Washington University's Elliott School. Julia is passionate about promoting energy efficiency and interested in the connection between smart energy usage and the global economy. Julia most recently worked for ExxonMobil as a Public and Government Affairs Advisor at the United States' largest integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Houston, Texas. She is currently based in the Washington, DC area working as an Energy Analyst for Bulletin Intelligence, an open-sourced intelligence company with corporate and government energy clients.

Catrina Rorke is director of energy policy and a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, where she promotes smart, small-government solutions to energy and climate challenges. Prior to joining R Street, Catrina founded the energy program at the American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute that specializes in actionable research and analysis. While at AAF, she emphasized free-market policies and critiqued administration regulatory efforts. Catrina got her start as a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As part of her fellowship, she did a six-month rotation to the office of former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C. That six months stretched to two years, during which she served as his staff to the House Committee on Science and Technology and helped him craft the first Republican-sponsored carbon tax bill. Catrina is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied public health, creative writing and basketball dynasties. She also has a Master of Public Administration degree in environmental science and policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Scott Clausen is a valued member of ACORE's policy team. His work focuses on financial and tax policies for renewable energy development, federal and state level energy policy, and international renewable energy policy. Scott also manages the day-to-day operation of ACORE's Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (PREF) group as well as ACORE's International Initiative.

This luncheon is part of the ELEEP program. The Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP) is a dynamic, membership-only forum for the exchange of ideas, policy solutions, best-practices and professional development for early and mid-career North American and European leaders working on environmental and energy issues. ELEEP currently has over 100 members, split between North America and Europe. Members debate topics of the day online, meet regularly for study tours and other face-to-face activities and collaborate on transatlantic impact projects. ELEEP is a joint project of Ecologic Institute Berlin, Ecologic Institute US and the Atlantic Council. and is financially supported by the European Union, the Allianz Foundation for North America and the Robert Bosch Stiftung among others.