The Intersolar Champion of Change AWARD, introduced at Intersolar North America 2014, honors individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting the development of renewable energy at a national or international level.
Intersolar and CALSEIA honor Richard L. Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, Office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, at the opening ceremony of Intersolar North America on July 10, 2017.
Richard Kauffman joined the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the state’s first Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, or ‘energy czar,’ in January 2013. On behalf of Governor Cuomo, Mr. Kauffman leads New York State’s comprehensive energy policy effort, known as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).
REV includes regulatory reform to modernize the energy and utility industry, a ten-year commitment to support renewable energy and efficiency markets through the $5 billon Clean Energy Fund, and other initiatives including the NY-Sun solar program and NY Green Bank. Through REV, New York State has enacted a Clean Energy Standard mandating 50% of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. These efforts will enable greenhouse gas emission reductions of 40% by 2030.
Mr. Kauffman oversees and manages the state’s complete portfolio of energy agencies and authorities, comprised of the Department of Public Service (DPS), the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He was appointed chair of NYSERDA’s board in June 2013.
As the state’s most senior energy official, Mr. Kauffman was New York’s lead delegate in Paris at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP21. In 2014, Mr. Kauffman was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators. To all previous winners