WRISE Chicago: Energy Transition From Trump to Biden

WRISE Chicago: Energy Transition From Trump to Biden

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Energy Transition From Trump to Biden: A Discussion of Changing Policy Priorities on Clean Energy and Equity

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Speakers Professor Alexandra Klass of the University of Minnesota Law School and Melanie Santiago-Mosier of Vote Solar will discuss how energy policy and equity priorities have changed during the Trump presidency’s transition to the Biden administration.

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Alexandra B. Klass is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. She teaches and writes in the areas of energy law, natural resources law, environmental law, tort law, and property law. Her recent scholarly work, published in many of the nation’s leading law journals, addresses regulatory challenges to integrating more renewable energy into the nation’s electric transmission grid, siting and eminent domain issues surrounding interstate electric transmission lines and oil and gas pipelines, and applications of the public trust doctrine to modern environmental law challenges. Prior to her teaching career, Professor Klass was a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, where she specialized in environmental law and land use litigation. She is a Member Scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform, a Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, and in 2020 was named to the Minnesota Governor’s Advisory Council on Climate Change.

Melanie Santiago-Mosier serves as the Managing Director, Access & Equity for Vote Solar, where her work centers on implementing the organization’s vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. In her role, Ms. Santiago-Mosier manages Vote Solar’s work to build partnerships with underserved communities, and to work with them to design and advocate for programs that spread solar’s opportunities and benefits equitably. She also coordinates Vote Solar’s work to grow as organization that welcomes and supports people from all races, genders, identities, and backgrounds.

Melanie is an attorney licensed to practice law in Maryland and has worked to advance clean energy policy for over a decade, leading regulatory and legislative affairs at a number of organizations. In 2015, she was named one of Maryland’s Leading Women by The Daily Record. In 2018, she won the prestigious C3E Award for Clean Energy Advocacy. In 2019, she won a WRISE Honor for her work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in clean energy. In 2020, she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. Among other publications, she is a co-author of the Low-Income Solar Policy Guide, www.lowincomesolar.org, a comprehensive tool for policymakers, community leaders and others who are working to make solar accessible and equitable.

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