Ready to Go: Opportunities for Cities and States to Deploy Federal Funding to Advance Clean Energy and Equity

December 9, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Recent and pending federal funding initiatives, including the American Rescue Plan Act and bipartisan infrastructure bill, may provide billions of dollars that can help cities and states reach their goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance equity in their communities. Governments can learn from example programs to efficiently and effectively leverage these generational opportunities.  

Join us to learn more about how your government can strengthen its new or expanded energy programs. Attendees will hear lessons shared in a new ACEEE toolkit that lays out guiding principles for governments, as well as 17 strong programs that can serve as models for new or expanded efforts. The lead author of the toolkit will highlight key takeaways from this research. 

Officials from Connecticut and Washington, D.C. will share insights from their programs and how they are planning to leverage federal funding, and a representative from Elevate will discuss how governments can ensure that programs are deployed equitably to advance energy justice.  

Moderator: Jasmine Mah, Research Analyst in Health and Environment, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy 

Jasmine conducts research within ACEEE’s Health and Environment department. Prior to joining ACEEE in 2021, Jasmine worked for the National Center for Sustainable Transportation. She has bachelor’s degrees in environmental policy and English literature from the University of California, Davis. In 2020, Jasmine earned a master’s in environment and development from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. 



Dr. Amanda Dewey, Senior Research Analyst in Local Policy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy 

Amanda Dewey conducts research on local-government efforts to adopt and implement equitable clean energy policy. Her areas of research include opportunities for energy efficiency in community choice aggregation programs and the equity implications of local energy efficiency approaches. Prior to joining ACEEE in 2021, Amanda worked at the University of Maryland and she currently serves as the mayor of the Town of Berwyn Heights. Amanda earned a PhD and Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University. 


Vicki Hackett, Deputy Commissioner of Energy, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection  

Vicki Hackett leads the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Energy Branch as Connecticut transitions to a zero-carbon electric grid. Her responsibilities include developing Connecticut's Integrated Resources Plan and Comprehensive Energy Strategy, overseeing procurements of clean energy resources, and developing policies and programs in the areas of energy affordability, energy efficiency, and strategic electrification of the transportation and housing sectors to help Connecticut achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals. 

Vicki earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Western Connecticut State University. 


Dave Epley, Associate Director, D.C. Department of Energy & Environment 

David Epley leads the Data & Benchmarking Division at the District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), which administers the District’s Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS), the Energy Benchmarking Program, the BEPS Affordable Housing Retrofit Accelerator, the D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility (the District’s primary energy efficiency program), the State Energy Program, and the District Buying Power program. Prior to joining DOEE, Mr. Epley was the Green Building and Sustainability Division Manager at the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). He holds a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 


Trisha Miller, Chief Innovation and Development Officer, Elevate 

Trisha Miller is leading Elevate’s national U.S. climate policy programs and partnerships. She formerly served as a Senior Director at Breakthrough Energy – a network of entities and initiatives linked by a commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Trisha developed a comprehensive climate policy framework for Breakthrough Energy, where she led industrial decarbonization, clean energy standards, public procurement, and transmission policy.  Earlier in her career, she was the Chief Sustainability Officer for Wishrock (a national affordable housing developer). Before that, Trisha served as a Presidential Appointee and Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she worked to advance President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Trisha holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also has a B.A., magna cum laude, in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan. 

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