2017 Summit Keynote Speakers

Karl Rábago

Karl Rábago, 2017 SPEER Summit Keynote Speaker

Karl R. Rábago

Karl R. Rábago is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York. Under Karl’s leadership, Pace is actively involved in every aspect of the New York REV—Reforming the Energy Vision—proceeding. Karl is also co-director of the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition (NESEMC), a US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative project that works to harmonize solar market policy in the 9-state northeast region through a novel coalition of solar business associations. An attorney and US Army veteran, Karl has more than 25 years of experience in electricity and energy policy, regulation, and markets. He has served as a public utility commissioner, a deputy assistant secretary for the US Department of Energy, an R&D manager, advocate, and utility executive. Karl is an innovator in electric utility regulatory issues relating to clean energy services and technologies. He helped establish the Green-e® Certification program, and developed the nation’s first value-of-solar tariff at Austin Energy, where he served as vice president for distributed energy services. Karl chairs the Board of Directors of the Center for Resource Solutions and serves as a board member for the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

Dr. Scott W. Tinker

Dr. Scott W. Tinker, 2017 SPEER Summit Keynote Speaker

Dr. Scott W. Tinker

Scott Tinker’s passion is bringing academe, government, industry and NGOs together into what he calls the “radical middle” to address major societal issues in energy, environment and the economy. Scott is director of the 250-person Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Tinker has been president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Association of American State Geologists, the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, and is the current president of the American Geosciences Institute. Tinker, who has visited over 50 countries and given over 600 keynote and invited lectures to government, industry, academia and the public, is a Halbouty Leadership Medalist, Boyd Medalist, Fellow of the Geologic Society of America, honorary member of the AAPG, and has been broadly awarded for his success in engaging the public in science. Tinker serves on many private, public, academic, and government boards and councils and co-produced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film, Switch, which has been seen by over 10 million viewers.‎