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Powering Progress: How Regulation Shapes Energy Business Models

Join DEIC and Angela Navarro of ALN Policy and Law for a timely discussion on how state regulatory systems shape business models for everyone in the energy business, from startups to Fortune 500 utilities. How will we incorporate more renewables on the grid? How do we balance safety and innovation? Why doesn’t everyone install rooftop solar? State regulators work through these questions while balancing the costs of energy and the need to build a clean, reliable grid.

This month’s speaker, Angela Navarro, has worked on energy regulation for more than a decade and previously served as a Virginia SCC Commissioner. She recently launched ALN Policy and Law after leading state regulatory efforts for Arcadia.

About Angela Navarro

Angela Navarro counsels energy companies, tech companies, non-profits and foundations on complex regulatory and policy issues in markets across the country. Previously, she served as the Head of State Regulatory Affairs at Arcadia, where she led the energy technology company’s state-level policy and regulatory program.

She also served as a Commissioner on the Virginia State Corporation Commission, which is the body that regulates the investor-owned utilities in Virginia. In that role, she was responsible for issuing decisions implementing grid modernization, renewable energy development, energy efficiency portfolios, ratemaking, and a variety of other subject matters. Prior to her time as a Commissioner, Angela served as a senior advisor across two Governor’s offices in Virginia. First, as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources under Governor Terry McAuliffe, where she advised on energy and environmental policies. Second, as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade under Governor Ralph Northam, where she worked on housing, small business, economic development, and energy policies.

Before entering government service, Angela practiced law with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC). While at SELC, she led the organization’s energy efficiency practice across a six-state southeastern region, and she was the organization’s lead attorney on energy matters in Virginia.

Angela holds degrees in business and English from the University of Florida and a law degree from Georgetown Law. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, running, hiking the mountains of Virginia, and going to concerts.

About the DEIC Greentech Network

The Greentech Network is how the DEIC connects early stage startups to funding opportunities, programs, ideas, and each other. Our Lunch & Learns serve as a catalyst for sparking ideas, nurturing collaborations, and fostering a vibrant community dedicated to propelling the clean energy and climate tech industries forward. As we dive into a series of engaging discussions, we believe that every connection made and insight shared enriches our collective journey towards a sustainable future.

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