Experience

Amanda has worked in the clean energy industry since 2008. Amanda is the Director of Operations, which really means she handles internal operations while also overseeing and implementing EQ Research’s client-focused subscriptions and services. Her areas of expertise include solar policy, community renewables, electrification of transportation and regulatory and legislative research. (She has opinions about the best and worst PUC websites and legislative websites if you are ever interested in discussing that riveting topic.) Amanda helped launch EQ Research with her colleagues in 2013 and remains committed and excited to work for EQ’s clients to navigate the always shifting and evolving clean energy policy terrain.

Prior to joining EQ, Amanda managed the N.C. Solar Center’s Energy Policy Program at N.C. University, where she played a crucial role in the management and implementation of the DSIRE project, a nationally recognized resource that provides details on incentives and policies that promote renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. She also managed a suite of policy and data services for private clients. Prior to working in clean energy, she worked in the metal recycling industry as well as conservation and even student cultural exchange. Amanda also volunteered with the U.S. Peace Corps in Nicaragua where she was an environmental education specialist and went back a few years later to work with non-profit organizations on their conservation efforts. She is fluent in Spanish.

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • Deploying Distributed Energy Storage: Near-Term Regulatory Considerations to Maximize Benefitsco-author. Published by Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC). February 2015.
  • State Solar Incentives & Policy Trends. Presented at Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. September 2012.
  • Methods to Support Wind Development: State RPS Policies. Presented at Wind Powering America 11th Annual All-States Summit. Atlanta, GA. June 2012.
  • Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool Guidebook: User Instructions, Assumptions, and Case Studies, co-author. Published by eFormative Options, et al., 2011.
  • Annual Updates & Trends Report (2011 and 2010), lead author of state policy trends chapter. Published by Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 2011.
  • Improving Distributed Wind’s Bottom Line: Policy Best Practices, co-author. Published by American Solar Energy Society, 2011.
  • Solar in the Stimulus: An Analysis of State Energy Program Spending, co-author. Published by American Solar Energy Society, 2010.
  • State Solar Incentives & Policy Trends. Presented at Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Annual Meeting. Dallas, TX. October 2011.
  • 2009 Annual Updates & Trends Report, co-author of state policy trends chapter. Published by Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 2009.

Education

  • Master of Environmental Management, Duke University, recipient of the Nicholas School of the Environment Professional Student Fellowship
  • B.A., Environmental Studies and Chemistry, Indiana University, Phi Beta Kappa, Graduated with Distinction