Karl R. Rábago

  • Senior Policy Advisor, Pace Energy and Climate Center


B.B.A., Management, Texas A&M University
JD, with Honors, University of Texas School of Law
LL.M., Military Law, US Army Judge Advocate General’s School
LL.M., Environmental Law, Pace Law School

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Karl R. Rábago is a Senior Policy Advisor and former Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains, New York. The PECC mission is to protect the earth’s environment through solutions that transform the ways that society supplies and consumes energy. Karl has some 25 years experience in energy and climate policy markets. Karl serves as Chair of the Board of the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization that works to advance voluntary clean energy markets. He also sits on the Board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Karl also is co-director and principal investigator for the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition, a US DOE SunShot Initiative Solar Market Pathways project.

His past positions include Commissioner, Texas Public Utility Commission; Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy; Vice President of Distributed Energy Services at Austin Energy; Director of Regulatory Affairs for the AES Corporation and AES Wind; and Managing Director & Principal of the Rocky Mountain Institute. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management, Karl is an attorney (University of Texas Law School, J.D. with Honors) with post-doctorate degrees in environmental (LL.M., Pace University School of Law) and military law (LL.M., US Army Judge Advocate General’s School). A veteran of more than 12 years in the US Army, he served as an Armored Cavalry officer and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and is Airborne and Ranger qualified.

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Selected Articles

"The Value of Solar Tariff: Net Metering 2.0," The ICER Chronicle, Ed. 1, p. 46 [International Confederation of Energy Regulators] (December 2013)

"A Regulator’s Guidebook: Calculating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Generation," co-author, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (October 2013)

"The ‘Value of Solar’ Rate: Designing An Improved Residential Solar Tariff," Solar Industry, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Feb. 2013)

"A Review of Barriers to Biofuels Market Development in the United States," 2 Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal 179 (2008)

"A Strategy for Developing Stationary Biodiesel Generation," Cumberland Law Review, Vol. 36, p.461 (2006)

"Evaluating Fuel Cell Performance through Industry Collaboration," co-author, Fuel Cell Magazine (2005)

"Applications of Life Cycle Assessment to NatureWorks™ Polylactide (PLA) Production," co-author, Polymer Degradation and Stability 80, 403-19 (2003)

"An Energy Resource Investment Strategy for the City of San Francisco: Scenario Analysis of Alternative Electric Resource Options," contributing author, Prepared for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Rocky Mountain Institute (2002)

"Small Is Profitable: The Hidden Economic Benefits of Making Electrical Resources the Right Size," co-author, Rocky Mountain Institute (2002)

"Socio-Economic and Legal Issues Related to an Evaluation of the Regulatory Structure of the Retail Electric Industry in the State of Colorado," with Thomas E. Feiler, Colorado Public Utilities Commission and Colorado Electricity Advisory Panel (April 1, 1999)

"Study of Electric Utility Restructuring in Alaska," with Thomas E. Feiler, Legislative Joint Committee on electric Restructuring and the Alaska Public Utilities Commission (April 1, 1999)

"New Markets and New Opportunities: Competition in the Electric Industry Opens the Way for Renewables and Empowers Customers," EEBA Excellence (Journal of the Energy Efficient Building Association) (Summer 1998)

"Building a Better Future: Why Public Support for Renewable Energy Makes Sense," Spectrum: The Journal of State Government (Spring 1998)

"The Green-e Program: An Opportunity for Customers," with Ryan Wiser and Jan Hamrin, Electricity Journal, Vol. 11, No. 1 (January/February 1998)

"Being Virtual: Beyond Restructuring and How We Get There," Proceedings of the First Symposium on the Virtual Utility, Klewer Press (1997)

"Information Technology," Public Utilities Fortnightly (March 15, 1996)

"Better Decisions with Better Information: The Promise of GIS," with James P. Spiers, Public Utilities Fortnightly (November 1, 1993)

"The Regulatory Environment for Utility Energy Efficiency Programs," Proceedings of the Meeting on the Efficient Use of Electric Energy, Inter-American Development Bank (May 1993)

"An Alternative Framework for Low-Income Electric Ratepayer Services," with Danielle Jaussaud and Stephen Benenson, Proceedings of the Fourth National Conference on Integrated Resource Planning, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (September 1992)

"What Comes Out Must Go In: The Federal Non-Regulation of Cooling Water Intakes Under Section 316 of the Clean Water Act," Harvard Environmental Law Review, Vol. 16, p. 429 (1992)

"Least Cost Electricity for Texas," State Bar of Texas Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 22, p. 93 (1992)

"Environmental Costs of Electricity," Pace University School of Law, Contributor–Impingement and Entrainment Impacts, Oceana Publications, Inc. (1990)