University of Vermont

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CEF Seminar: Central Government and Democracy in Energy Decision Making: China and Vermont

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 4:05pm
Waterman Building on the UVM campus, Room 413


  • Frederick (Rick) Weston, Regulatory Assistance Project 
  • Joan White, Gund Institute of Ecological Economics, UVM


Rick Weston joined RAP after 11 years with the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB), the state’s utility regulatory commission. At the PSB, he served as an economist and hearing officer, overseeing among other things, the design and implementation of energy efficiency strategies and least-cost plans, power purchases, rate levels and rate design, competition in local telecommunications service, and the creation of Efficiency Vermont, the nation’s first “energy efficiency utility.”  During his first decade with RAP, Mr. Weston divided his time between the China and US programs, focusing in both countries on matters relating to energy efficiency, renewables, regulatory reform and pricing, regional market operations, and emissions regulation. More recently, he has begun work under the International Energy Agency's DSM Programme. In 2011, Mr. Weston took over the reins of the China Program, to which he is now devoting his effort full-time.

Joan White focuses on the nexus between land use and energy infrastructure and is writing a thesis on energy infrastructure siting in Vermont. She holds a Master's of Environmental Law and Policy and a Certificate in Energy Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She is currently enrolled in the Master's of Science in Natural Resources program at UVM's Rubenstein School where she is actively involved with the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. Previously, Joan held positions in Russian area studies at Harvard University, the National Endowment for Democracy's Europe/Eurasia division, and the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Syracuse University with double majors in International Relations and Russian Language and a minor in Economics. She intends to use her graduate degrees to help bridge the communication gap between scientists and policy-maker! s.

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