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Kara Allen

Kara Allen

Adjunct Instructor

Kara Allen is Senior Advisor for Policy and Regulatory Affairs at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) where she leads development of the New York State Energy Plan. The 2015 Plan established three goals by 2030: 50 percent renewable electricity, 40 percent GHG reduction, and 600 TBtu increase in energy efficiency.

Kara came to NYSERDA from Governor Cuomo’s office where she served as Assistant Secretary of Energy. She oversaw the operations of NYSERDA, the Department of Public Service, and the power authorities of New York and Long Island. She led energy discussions during annual negotiations of the State’s budget, counseled decisions on legislation, and crafted annual State of State policy initiatives.

Prior to New York, Kara was Executive Director of the House of Representatives Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, a caucus of members focused on clean energy innovation and job creation, environmental protection, and climate change. 

Past Courses

Foundations of Clean Technology

Gain foundational knowledge of the cleantech landscape, as well as electricity generation, distribution, and transition.

Energy and the Environment

Develop a foundation from which to chart an environmentally conscious path toward decarbonizing the energy sector.