Karl R. Rábago to Lead the Pace Law School’s Energy and Climate Center
New Director Brings Energy Industry Experience to Just Announced Effort to Reform the State Utility Regulations
(White Plains, NY)– Pace University is pleased to announce today the hiring of Karl R. Rábago as Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, an interdisciplinary law and policy think tank located at the Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY.
With New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement last week that his administration intends to change the way electric and gas utilities conduct business in New York State, Mr. Rábago arrives at Pace Energy and Climate Center at a pivotal moment.
“Karl Rábago brings a wealth of industry experience, academic credentials and government experience to the Center,” said Richard L. Ottinger, Law School Dean Emeritus and founder of the Pace Energy and Climate Center. “I am delighted he will be leading our team of experts as New York State engages in this exciting utility reform effort.”
New York officials intend to restructure the way utilities and energy companies sell electricity and interact with their customers. Efforts are now underway to develop new policies to accelerate the deployment of new clean energy generation technologies, give customers more control of their energy use, and reduce the emissions that are causing climate change.
Rábago served as vice president with Austin Energy, one of the leading electric utilities in the country for promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy; he was regulatory affairs director for AES, a Fortune 200 independent power producer operating in 21 countries; a Commissioner with the Texas Public Utilities Commission, where he dealt with exactly the same issues that the Center addresses; and he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for Utility Technologies in the U.S. Department of Energy.
Further, he has top academic credentials, having taught environmental law at the prestigious University of Houston Law Center, and Constitutional Law, Military Law, and Environmental Law at the US Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Rábago received an LL.M. degree in environmental law at Pace Law School, an LL.M in military law at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate’s School, his J.D. with honors at the University of Texas Law School, and a B.B.A. in business management from Texas A&M Law School.
“I am thrilled to lead the Pace Energy and Climate Center and I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo and his outstanding energy team to build a better electric grid, modernize the way the Empire State consumes and produces energy, and protect the environment,” said Rábago.
Rábago joins the Pace Energy and Climate Center May 1st.
To schedule an interview with Karl Rabago or Richard Ottinger, contact Joan Gaylord, Manager of Media Relations, 914-422-4389, JGaylord@law.pace.edu.