For two decades Douglas L. Faulkner has been a leader in expanding the global use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. He is President and Founder of Leatherstocking LLC, a clean-technology advisory firm that draws inspiration and its name from the classic early-American frontier novels by James Fenimore Cooper. The firm provides strategic guidance on sustainable partnerships where politics, diplomacy, trade, technology, finance, and science overlap.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ag Innovation Development Group; the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC chapter; and the Clean Energy Research & Education Foundation. He led for the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities a multi-year course on developing biofuels in sub-Saharan Africa. The web publication, “Biofuels Digest”, carries his column, “The Cleantech Conservative”, and “Marine Renewable Energy” e-daily also published his commentary. DSI Global View affiliates with him for financing and strategic partnerships. Governor McDonnell appointed Mr. Faulkner in December 2013 to the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority.
Mr. Faulkner launched in 2014 Jacob’s Ladder Energy Group, a joint venture with The Stella Group to help houses of worship and associated buildings reduce their energy and water costs.
In the U.S. government, he served in several senior political assignments for President George W. Bush. At the Department of Energy, he was named Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and, at the Department of Agriculture, served as both Deputy Under Secretary and Acting Under Secretary for the Office of Rural Development. His stewardship atop both organizations resulted in significant cost savings and better management practices. He led the negotiating team for the landmark Energy Title of the 2008 Farm Bill; co-led the development of the first comprehensive National Biofuels Action Plan; represented Agriculture on the U.S.-Brazil Presidential biofuels initiative, the Global BioEnergy Partnership and the interagency hydrogen fuel cell task force; shepherded new Presidential initiatives in bioenergy, hydrogen fuel cells and solar energy; directed new voluntary efficiency standards with industry; and, started a new national public education campaign to save energy in the wake of devastating hurricanes. The Secretary of Energy, Samuel W. Bodman, honored Mr. Faulkner with his own award for excellence. He also served as a senior policy advisor to two previous Secretaries of Energy and built a new bio-based products R&D private-public partnership.
Mr. Faulkner earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. As a Rotary Foundation Scholar, he attended the University of Singapore. Born and raised in Central Illinois, Mr. Faulkner now lives in Arlington, Virginia, where he volunteers in his community. Both he and his son are Eagle Scouts.
Dan is a Vice President at Wilson Engineering Services, PC (WES). WES is a full service engineering firm operating in the energy and environmental sectors. Dan has overseen WES’s role in over fifty (50) biomass thermal and combined heat and power projects. WES’s role in these projects has included concept development, design, permitting, and construction management. Dan is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council. He is a professional engineer and has a BS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Penn State and a Masters in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins.
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. Karl has some 25 years experience in energy and climate policy and markets. He is recognized as an innovator in electric utility regulatory issues relating to clean energy services and technologies. 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 runs his own successful consulting practice, Rábago Energy LLC. 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, the municipal utility for the City of Austin, Texas; 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.
Karl has been married to Pamela Houston Rábago for more than 35 years, and they are the proud parents of three grown children and one amazing granddaughter, Avery Victoria Rábago.