Past Event

Student-Only Roundtable with Richard Kauffman

March 15, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a virtual student roundtable discussion with Richard Kauffman, CGEP Adjunct Senior Research Scholar. 

Mr. Kauffman will discuss how the grid architecture of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla wasn’t intended for renewables or distributed energy (much less EVs and IoT). This conversation will address New York State’s REV policy, a leading markets-based effort to change utility incentives to build a grid that is cleaner, more equitable, and more flexible.


Richard Kauffman is Chair of Generate Capital, a leading financier of clean energy projects.  He serves as Chairman of the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He is also an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Prior to these roles, he served as New York State’s first “Energy Czar,” where he oversaw the State’s energy agencies, including the Department of Public Service, the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority, and NYSERDA.

Mr. Kauffman served as Senior Advisor to Secretary Steven Chu at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He was CEO and President of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in clean energy technologies; a partner of Goldman Sachs; and Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities business. 

Mr. Kauffman served as Chairman of the Board of Levi Strauss & Co. He currently serves on the board of Altaba, the successor company of Yahoo.

He currently serves on the boards of the Wallace Foundation; Emergent, a tropical forest finance accelerator; and on the advisory board of the Precourt Energy Institute at Stanford. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and recently served on a study group on innovation in energy.

Mr. Kauffman received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University, and a master’s in public and private management from the Yale School of Management. 


Registration is required. This roundtable is open only to currently-enrolled Columbia University students. To register, you must use the email address that contains your UNI.

This event will be hosted via Zoom and capacity is limited. We ask that you register only if you can attend this event in its entirety.

For more information about the event, please contact Kaïme Désiré ([email protected]).


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