Energy regulatory attorney Roni Epstein joins Pace Energy and Climate Center


Epstein brings to the Center more than two decades of experience as a policy developer and litigator

Pace Energy and Climate Center is on leading edge of finding solutions to energy and climate challenges on the local, state, regional, national and international levels

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Pace Energy and Climate Center at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University today announced accomplished lawyer Roni Epstein as the new Director of Strategic Engagement. Ms. Epstein joined the Center last week and will be leading their efforts to reach policy goals and engage state agencies and other environmental, health and consumer organizations.

“We are honored to be able to attract talented and experienced professionals like Roni,” said Karl R. Rábago, Executive Director. “Roni will enrich the experience of our students and significantly strengthen our team.”

“I am very excited to join the impressive team at the Pace Energy and Climate Center and look forward to continuing the Center’s excellent work in facilitating cutting edge energy regulatory and climate policies,” said Roni F. Epstein, Director of Strategic Engagement.

Ms. Epstein comes to the Pace Energy and Climate Center from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) where she served as Counsel for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. While at NYPA, she developed a compliance program on behalf of public power utilities and represented NYPA at hearings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Capitol Hill among others. For more than 20 years, Ms. Epstein’s career as an energy regulatory attorney has focused on market, rate and restructuring matters as well as the development of alternative energy infrastructure and policy. Prior to her work at NYPA, she was Counsel to the Long Island Power Authority and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Ms. Epstein has a JD from Georgetown Law and a BA from SUNY Stony Brook. She is admitted to the Bars of the United States Supreme Court, New York State, the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland.

About the Pace Energy and Climate Center

For over 25 years, the Pace Energy and Climate Change Center has been a leader working at the intersection of energy and the environment. We engage government decision makers and key stakeholders with robust research and analysis in law and policy. Over time, the Center has grown from its initial focus on energy regulatory law and policies to tackle transportation and fuels, as well as climate change mitigation and resilience.  Whether our aim is improving energy efficiency, advancing renewable energy and distributed generation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions or making our communities more resilient in the face of climate change impacts, 25 years later the Center remains at the leading edge of finding solutions to our energy and climate challenges on the local, state, regional, national and international levels.

The Center was founded in 1987 as the Pace Energy Project by Dean Emeritus Richard L. Ottinger upon his retirement from the U.S. Congress. Early on, Dean Ottinger recognized the environmental impacts of our supply and use of energy in the United States. From the very beginning, under Ottinger’s leadership, the Center has provided cutting edge research and analysis of energy production alternatives’ social and environmental costs and benefits. Through engagement, the Center was among the first organizations to highlight the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy as alternatives to conventional electricity generation.

In addition to being a force for legal and policy change, the Center trains the next generation of smart energy professionals. Students from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University are actively involved in the Center’s projects – our interns contribute directly to the creation and development of work products for both domestic and international projects. Students have gone on to careers at institutions central to the energy discussion, such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Foundation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York Power Authority, and the New York Independent System Operator, to name a handful.

About Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law, the law school at Pace University, offers J.D. and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a series of joint degree programs including a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, NY, opened its doors in 1976 and has over 9,000 alumni around the world. The Haub School is led by Dean David Yassky, who has served in a variety of public, political, academic and private sector positions over a legal career that spans four decades. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory.

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