Karl R. Rábago

Executive Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center
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Karl R. Rábago is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The Center uses law, economics, and technology and policy analysis to secure clean energy for communities in New York, the Northeast, across the U.S., and around the world.

Karl has more than 28 years of experience in energy and climate policy development, regulation, markets, and business. In his career, Karl has been a military officer, a utility regulator, a utility executive, a renewable energy developer, a law professor, and a clean energy advocate.

Karl leads the Center’s team in engagement in regulatory and policy proceedings, development and training of law student interns, and ensuring that the Center is engaged in the critical clean energy and regulatory issues of our day. Karl serves as a professor for a designated service with the Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law and teaches energy law. A frequent expert witness in regulatory proceedings around the country, Karl has a reputation for bringing sharp analysis, strong logical argument, and a deep well of regulatory and policy experience to all his work. 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 Solar United Neighbors and the Alliance for Clean Energy-New York.

Karl’s past positions include Commissioner of the Texas Public Utility Commission, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. 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., U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School). A veteran of more than 12 years in the U.S. Army, he served as an Armored Cavalry officer and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and is Airborne and Ranger qualified.