SNirajé Medley-Bacon: Second-Year Student Wins Swanson Award

Author: Mike Fox                 Published: 1/29/2021       U of Va. Law School News & Media

Honor Recognizes Courage, Perseverance and Commitment to Justice in Community
Nirajé Medley-Bacon

Nirajé Medley-Bacon ’22 serves as the student representative on the President’s Council on UVA-Community Partnerships.

Nirajé Medley-Bacon, a second-year student at the University of Virginia School of Law, is this year’s recipient of the Gregory H. Swanson Award, named in honor of UVA and the Law School’s first Black student.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate courage, perseverance and a commitment to justice within the community.

Medley-Bacon received the award Friday as part of UVA’s Community MLK Celebration event hosted by the Law School online.

“When I do things [with the Black Law Students Association or at the Law School] … I just do it because I find it interesting or I find it to be important work,” she said. “So to know I was recognized by my peers, as well by professors and other members of the Law School community, for having good character and conduct, that was just really special to me, and it’s something I’m really proud of, to know that I have that kind of positive impact on other people.”

At UVA Law, Medley-Bacon serves as BLSA social action chair and on the organization’s mock trial team (where she was a National Black Law Students Association Mid-Atlantic region quarterfinalist), on the editorial board of The Journal of Law & Politics and as a Peer Advisor. In November, she was appointed the student representative on the President’s Council on UVA-Community Partnerships, created by President Jim Ryan ’92 in 2019.

She said it’s important for UVA to invest in the surrounding community, and that she values the variety of voices and expertise brought to the table for council initiatives.

“It’s not just lip service,” Medley-Bacon said. “People are trying to create the opportunities for real changes and being very direct on what the University needs to do and what types of steps they need to take in order to build a stronger relationship with folks in the area.”

The Swanson award, launched in 2018 during a commemoration of Swanson’s time at UVA, is meant to recognize students who have the traits he embodied. Swanson attended UVA Law during the 1950-51 academic year as an LL.M. student after winning a federal lawsuit aided by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Medley-Bacon’s nominators included fellow BLSA officers, who lauded the programming she has organized in the past year during the pandemic. Medley-Bacon said her first event of the fall semester — a program on allyship that drew 70 viewers on Zoom — was particularly meaningful.

“It’s not just something you proclaim for yourself, but it’s actual work,” she explained about allyship, “so the fact that folks were really interested in doing that and learning more about what it means to be an ally, it was really interesting being able to educate folks from a Black perspective about what that looks like, and what the expectations are. It’s something that I really enjoyed doing.”

Professor Gregory Mitchell, one of Medley-Bacon’s nominators, was her Civil Procedure teacher and her coach with BLSA’s mock trial team.

“Niraje has already made contributions to the Law School community that can justify this honor, but giving her this award would also signal that we see great potential in her and expect great things from her,” he wrote in his nomination.

Medley-Bacon, who earned a bachelor’s from Morgan State University, is unsure what field of law she will go into but is interested in litigation on the partner track at a law firm.

“Ultimately, I just want to be happy with what I do every day,” she added, “that’s a big thing for me.”

Previous Gregory H. Swanson Award Winners


Author: Infocast Staff:             published: 1/29/2021                  INFOCAST

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SRECTrade, Inc.: Reporting Operations Manager

Author: Indeed Staff            Published: 1/29/2021       Srectrade,Inc


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SRECTrade provides cloud-based services to the clean energy industry with an expertise in managing, transacting, and processing environmental incentives. The Company’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of clean energy assets by providing services and technology that minimize the time, cost, and risk associated with achieving benefits and compliance in energy markets. The Company facilitates the management and transaction of Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), Alternative Energy Credits (AECs), and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Credits.

The Company’s clients cover a variety of market participants including electricity and energy suppliers, utilities, clean energy project developers, installation companies, and individual commercial and residential asset owners. Since 2008, SRECTrade has been a domain expert in solar and renewable energy markets, bringing a wealth of knowledge and transparency to some of the fastest growing state markets in the clean energy industry.


We are looking for a process-driven individual to oversee Client Solutions reporting operations. The position will report to the Director, Client Solutions.

We require someone with strong leadership skills to effectively manage the Reporting Operations Team and its workflow; the project management skills to plan and oversee vital monthly and quarterly tasks; and the ability to effectively communicate with multiple teams, clients, partners, and vendors.


Understand, execute, communicate, and improve reporting operational tasks:

  • Develop knowledge in state program, registry, and SRECTrade reporting requirements and procedures
  • Oversee monthly and quarterly solar meter generation reporting and uploads, including auto-reporter setup and confirmation
  • Continually streamline the generation reporting process. Work closely with the Software Engineering team to automate and improve as many processes as possible
  • Establish relationships and partnerships with renewable energy monitoring companies to establish APIs and optimize workflows
  • Effectively communicate issues and create solutions within the team and amongst SRECTrade’s leadership to advance our overall service and business
  • Assist with high-level client support inquiries by email and phone as needed

Lead the Reporting Operations Team:

  • Facilitate and manage the workflow of 1-2 Operations Associates, ensuring monthly and quarterly task completion and providing ongoing management of reporting issues
  • Serve as team liaison between the Reporting Team and all Teams


  • 2+ years of experience managing people
  • 2+ years operations and/or project management experience
  • Previous experience overseeing the operations of solar energy generation monitoring and reporting a plus
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent internal and external communication skills, verbal and written
  • Self-starter, strong sense of accountability, and determined to succeed both individually and within a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) and Salesforce is a plus
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Founded by graduate students at Stanford University, SRECTrade launched with the mission of bringing efficiency and transparency to the SREC markets. Our services help facilitate the financial return energy asset owners need to make developing and deploying clean energy possible. We are looking for a candidate who can fit into our flexible, hard-working culture where we are motivated by a love for what we do, a sense of responsibility for doing it well, and a feeling of ownership for our contribution to the success of the business and industry.

SRECTrade is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The Company believes that diversity and inclusion is critical to our success as a company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

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How Investment in Advanced Energy Can Jumpstart Economic Recovery

Author: Advanced Energy Economy        Published: 1/28/2021   Policy Update


How Investment in Advanced Energy Can Jumpstart Economic Recovery


AEE released its priorities for a federal economic recovery package, outlining funding that would upgrade and modernize the electric grid, invest in energy efficiency projects and worker training, support the development of advanced energy manufacturing jobs in the United States, accelerate electrification of the transportation sector, and help deploy new advanced energy resources. “The fast-growing advanced energy industry must play a key role in tackling our twin economic and climate crises,” said Leah Rubin Shen, Director at AEE. “These investments will provide an immediate jumpstart to our economy and create good-paying jobs across the country while also accelerating the transition to a clean energy future.”

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AEE Urges Arizona Lawmakers to Reject Bills Stripping ACC Authority Over Electricity Generation

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AEE released the following presented oral testimony against proposed companion bills HB2248 and SB1175 in the Arizona state legislature, which would strip oversight authority of the Arizona Corporation Commission over electricity generation in the state. AEE filed testimony and spoke on behalf of its advanced energy technology members as well as the Advanced Energy Buyers Group it facilitates, representing large electricity buyers seeking to meet their corporate clean energy and sustainability goals. “We urge lawmakers to reject these proposed bills that seek to remove regulatory oversight authority over the electricity generation that meets the needs of households and businesses in Arizona,” said Shelby Stults, principal at Advanced Energy Economy. “These bills would undo the regulatory structure that ensures grid reliability, prevents blackouts, and ensures fair, competitive rates for consumers just to prevent the ACC from putting Arizona on a path to carbon-free electricity.” Continue reading the press release here. >



Adding it All Up for Voluntary Buyers of Renewable Energy

Adding it All Up for Voluntary Buyers image-745The substantial growth in renewable energy in the U.S. comes from two sources: purchases made by utilities and retail suppliers to comply with mandatory targets such as state Renewable Portfolio Standards (compliance purchases), and purchases from customers that go beyond these targets (voluntary purchases), usually in pursuit of sustainability goals. These two types of purchases in combination drive renewable energy development in the U.S., but how they interact gets tricky, especially as states ramp up their clean energy targets to 100%. How do voluntary purchasers get what they pay for – and states reach their ambitious targets – in a way that’s fair for both? It’s all about “additionality” – and to date, states have taken different approaches. Continue reading on the blog. >


Will Texas Be the Detroit of Electric Vehicles?

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With construction of a Tesla factory outside Austin underway, Texas is guaranteed a central place in the transition to electric transportation. But it turns out there are already 7,000 Texans working in electric transportation-related business, and more than 400,000 workers and 5,000 Texas companies are in “adjacent” industries and occupations that stand to grow as transportation in the United States goes electric. Drawing on the new report, “Electric Transportation Supply Chain in Texas,” prepared by BW Research Partnership for the Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance, this webinar, presented by TAEBA and AEE, looked at the opportunities in Texas and other states to enter the auto, truck, and bus industry as it converts from gasoline and diesel to electric power.


  • Suzanne Bertin, Managing Director, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance

  • Phil Jordan, Vice President, and Principal, BW Research Partnership

  • Sara Rafalson, Senior Director, Market Development, EVgo

  • Jason Gies, Director of Business Development – eMobility, Navistar 
  • Erick Karlen, Policy Advisor, Greenlots

Get Hands-on Virtual Learning on Maximizing Subsidies & Incentives for Your Renewable Energy Projects

Author: Infocast Staff     1/28/2021

In our Tax Equity Structures and Solutions Virtual Master Class this March, esteemed instructors will teach attending professionals detailed principles of US tax policy and today’s most advanced structures and strategies, culminating in a hands-on independent study project.

In addition to learning how to take advantage of federal, state and local tax incentives, attendees will also gain valuable insights into real-world applications and pivoting maneuvers for when plans go awry.

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Now Available: Affordable Solar Financing Program for Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Montgomery County

Author: MCGB Staff                    Published: 1/27/2021

Now Available:  Affordable Solar Financing Program for Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Montgomery County

No out-of-pocket funds, no loan, and low monthly payments offers a low-cost solar energy solution 

The Montgomery County Green Bank has launched a Commercial Solar Power Purchase Agreement financing program to offer small businesses and nonprofits an option to take advantage of solar energy to reduce operating costs.  The financing program supports installing solar PV at no out-of-pocket costs and at a monthly kWh price to help manage operating costs of the organization over the long-term.

And, for nonprofits, the Green Bank PPA program offers particular benefits not usually available to nonprofits for solar PV as Green Bank special capital and tax equity incentives allow for favorable pricing of the generated solar PV electricity.

See Press Release for Commercial Solar PPA here.

The Commercial Solar PPA financing program offers:

  • A product that supports solar arrays as small as 25 kW.
  • A no out-of-pocket, no loan approach for businesses to install solar PV on the property.
  • Options for monthly payments on the solar energy generated by the solar PV to help manage the operating costs for the organization for up to 20 years for the amount of energy generated by the panels and used by the organization.
Please contact the Montgomery County Green Bank at or call 240-453-9000 to learn more about the program.
The Green Bank now offers a broad portfolio of affordable renewable energy and energy efficiency financing options for commercial and residential property improvements. Its suite of products include the Clean Energy Advantage program for homeowners and the Commercial Loan for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program, the  Small Business Energy Savings Support program, and the Commercial Solar PPA program for businesses.

The Montgomery County Green Bank is a publicly-chartered nonprofit dedicated to accelerating affordable energy efficiency and clean energy investment in Montgomery County, MD. We partner with the private sector to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusively prosperous, resilient, sustainable, and healthy community. Our work supports Montgomery County’s goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Visit us at


AABE DC’s Black Energy Awareness Month Series

Author: Staff AABE             Published: 1/26/2021     

AABE DC’s Black Energy Awareness Month Series will include an “Expert Forum: Renewable Technologies in Minority Communities” taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 12 pm until 1 pm EST.
What is the industry doing to ensure energy-poor communities have equal access to modern energy services? How will companies ensure minority communities are not disadvantaged or disproportionately affected by the clean energy transition?
Our policy workshop will engage attendees in thought-provoking discussions examining the current state of energy poverty in minority communities. In breakout groups, experts will lead attendees in examining the existing barriers that bar minorities from benefiting from green technology and energy efficiency programs and provide recommendations for moving forward.
🌟 William Ellis, M.B.A., PMP® 🌟 (Pepco Regional Vice President of External Affairs, Pepco Holdings) will moderate the panel. Panelists include Gilbert Campbell (Co-Founder and CEO, Volt Energy), DeShaundra Jones, MBA, PMP (Customer Experience Strategist, WGL), and Karen Sistrunk (DC Office of the People’s Counsel, Deputy Director).
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Midflare Corporation

Author: Midflare Staff              Published: 1/22/2021              Midflare

Midlfare Corporation

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Midflare was founded in 2009 and is a minority certified renewable energy company based in Atlanta, GA. As a commercial and utility-scale solar project developer, we provide clean electricity to mid-market companies and large energy buyers, as well as utilities. Midflare’s development strategy is to develop solar projects ranging in size from 10- 500 megawatts (MW) to meet the renewable portfolio requirements of utilities and companies at highly competitive prices. We create energy solutions that deliver cost certainty while helping organizations meet their sustainability objectives.

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Biden Chooses Michael Regan As First Black Man To Run E.P.A.

Author:   Joe Walsh               Published: 12/17/2020        Forbes

Michael S. Regan

TOPLINE: President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Michael Regan to serve as his Environmental Protection Agency administrator, multiple news outlets reported Thursday, making the North Carolina-based regulator the first Black man to run the country’s top environmental agency if he’s confirmed — the latest in a string of climate-focused picks in Biden’s administration.

Regan is not new to the EPA. He previously worked at the agency for nearly a decade during President Bill Clinton and George W. Bush’s administrations, focusing on air quality issues. He later moved to the advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund, and he was named secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality in early 2017. Regan’s colleagues told E&E News he helped to revitalize North Carolina’s environmental regulation agency after years of neglect, leading efforts to hem in air and water pollution by energy and chemical companies in the state. He was also involved in Gov. Roy Cooper (D)’s commitment to make North Carolina’s energy grid carbon neutral by 2050. While campaigning, Biden promised to set an almost identical 2050 goal nationwide.

Regan is a native of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He attended North Carolina A&T State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in earth and environmental science. He then attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he received a Master of Public Administration.[5]


Regan began his career as an environmental regulator for the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration and Bush administration from 1998 to 2008.[6] He then joined the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where he ultimately became the associate vice president for clean energy and a Southeast regional director.[7] He remained at the EDF for over eight years.[8]

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

In 2017, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper selected Regan to serve as the secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.[9] During his tenure, he launched the state’s Environmental Justice and Equity Board with a charter to advise the Secretary on how best to advance environmental justice and promote community engagement, particularly across historically underserved and marginalized communities.[10][11] He also worked to develop the state’s Clean Energy Plan, which aims to reduce private sector greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and ultimately move towards carbon neutrality by 2050.[10] The plan also outlines recommendations and goals of accelerating innovations in clean energy technologies, while creating opportunities for rural and urban communities across North Carolina.[10] In addition, Regan oversees the state’s climate change interagency council, which has worked to advance Governor Cooper’s pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020.[4]

In January 2020, Regan secured an agreement with Duke Energy for the largest coal ash contamination cleanup in United States history.[12] The company committed to excavating 80 million tons of ash across seven of nine coal ash deposits. His department also ordered the chemical company Chemours to address and eliminate toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which they were dumping into the Cape Fear River upstream of a major source of drinking water.[6] While generally favored by environmental organizations, Regan has clashed with the environmental movement. In 2018, he approved permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, though the project was ultimately cancelled.[6]

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency[edit]

On December 17, 2020, members of the Biden presidential transition team told the press that the Regan would be nominated to serve as the next United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator.[4] If confirmed, Regan would become the first Black man to run the agency and would be responsible for helping to advance the Biden administration’s commitment to combating climate change, promoting green energy innovations, and addressing the effects of environmental racism.[4]

Regan’s nomination was endorsed by the Environmental Protection Network, an organization composed of former EPA appointees and career staff which was created to oppose the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back environmental regulations.[13]

Biden Inauguration: What will Joe Biden do first?

Authors: Staff BBC News            Published: 1/20/2021        BBC  News

President-elect Joe Biden

Joe Biden has spent 50 years in politics working towards this moment, but he could never have expected such huge challenges would be facing him on his first day at the helm. What are his priorities?

He’ll get started with a 10-day flurry of executive orders.

These are presidential directives that don’t require congressional approval.

Top of the list are rescinding a controversial travel ban, imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump against countries he viewed as a security threat, and rejoining the Paris climate deal.

Here’s what else we know about what will demand the new president’s immediate attention.

Coronavirus pandemic relief

Masking up America

The coronavirus has killed more than 400,000 people in the US – and the pandemic and its wide-ranging impact will be the new administration’s top priority.

Mr Biden has called it “one of the most important battles our administration will face” and has vowed to implement his Covid strategy straight away.

One of his first moves will be executive action requiring social distancing and the wearing of masks on federal property nationwide and by federal employees and contractors.

Still, there’s no guarantee the state governors who’ve so far opposed mask mandates will suddenly change their minds – there appears to be no legal authority that grants a president the power to bring in a nationwide mask rule.

Mr Biden seems to have conceded that point, and says he’ll personally try to persuade governors to come around.

A sign tells store customers to wear masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19IMAGE COPYRIGHTLOS ANGELES TIMES VIA GETTY IMAGES

If they’re not receptive, he’s vowed to make calls to mayors and municipal officials to recruit them to the cause. There’s also no word yet on how a mandate will be enforced.

100 million vaccine doses in 100 days

Mr Biden wants to speed up the vaccine rollout with the ultimate goal of vaccinating 100 million people with at least a first dose against Covid in his first 100 days in office.

One part of the acceleration plan is to release all available vaccine doses instead of holding some in reserve for the necessary second jab.

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He is also expected to take executive action on efforts to develop and deploy rapid testing and to put in place a national supply chain for equipment, medications and personal protective equipment, or PPE.

Rejoining WHO

On his agenda is a pledge to reverse the decision to have the US leave the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mr Trump announced plans over the summer to pull the country out of the WHO, accusing it of mismanaging Covid after the virus emerged in China and saying it failed to make “greatly needed reforms”.

Economic measures

Relief for renters and homeowners

Mr Biden’s team has said he has immediate plans to extend a moratorium on evictions and on foreclosures on home mortgages – both of which were paused early in the pandemic – as well as the current pause on federal student loan payments and interest.

Mr Biden’s transition team said he plans to direct Cabinet agencies this week to “take immediate action to deliver economic relief to working families”, though they did not offer more detail.

$1.9tn for the US coronavirus economy

Last week, Mr Biden announced a $1.9tn (£1.4tn) stimulus plan for the coronavirus-sapped US economy, saying that “a crisis of deep human suffering is in plain sight and there’s no time to waste”.

A demonstrator carried a simple message. Boston tenants, faith leaders, and small landlords rallied and marched, calling for a stronger, longer federal eviction banIMAGE COPYRIGHTTHE BOSTON GLOBE VIA GETTY IMAGES

If passed by Congress, it would include direct payments of $1,400 to all Americans. He has also included funding to help schools safely reopen, which he wants to happen in the first 100 days.

It’ll be in addition to a long-awaited $900bn stimulus package Congress passed in December, which Mr Biden had called a “down payment” on the larger proposed package.

Republicans lawmakers are likely to object to parts of the bill, which will add more debt to what the US has already spent dealing with the pandemic – and Mr Biden will need bipartisan support for the plan.

Democrats currently control both chambers of Congress, but only by narrow margins.

Ending Trump tax cuts

Covid aid isn’t the only priority on the incoming president’s economic agenda. He has pledged to get rid of Mr Trump’s signature tax cuts as soon as he takes office.

Mr Trump passed the cuts in 2017, early in his presidency, and the Biden team says they unfairly reward the wealthiest Americans and favour corporations over small businesses.

Mr Biden has also said he would swiftly double the taxes that US firms pay on foreign profits – part of his Made in America push – which would come in addition to a rise in corporate taxes.

His tax policy legislation will need to pass Congress.

Environment and climate change

Back in the Paris Agreement

Another move Mr Biden says he will make on his first day in office is to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, a global accord that includes the goal to keep temperatures below 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C.

His predecessor pulled the US out of the 2015 accord – it became official on 4 November – making it the first nation in the world to do so.

The US will officially be part of the agreement again within 30 days.

Mr Biden has also pledged to “up the ante” and aim for higher standards on climate mitigation measures, and to convene a climate world summit within the first 100 days in office.

Mr Biden has said he wants to work with Congress to enact legislation this year that will allow the US to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Cancelling Keystone XL pipeline

In a move that has already sparked alarm with his northern neighbours, Mr Biden is reportedly planning to immediately rescind the cross-border permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a planned project from the oil sands of Canada’s Alberta province, through Montana and South Dakota, to rejoin an existing pipeline to Texas.

Roll back deregulations

A further agenda item is a U-turn on much of Mr Trump’s legacy of climate and energy deregulation, like the easing of vehicle emissions targets.

Mr Biden has said he will negotiate “rigorous” new emissions limits on cars and heavy-duty vehicles, to conserve 30% of US lands and waters by 2030, to ban new drilling on public lands, and to close the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.

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The new administration says it plans also to bring in “aggressive” methane pollution limits for oil and gas operations and to ban new oil and gas leasing on public lands and waters.

Immigration Policy

Scrapping the travel ban

The travel ban, signed by Mr Trump just seven days after taking office in January 2017, will be among the first policies to be discarded.

People hold signs during a rally in support of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme in San Diego, CaliforniaIMAGE COPYRIGHTAFP

The ban initially excluded people from seven majority-Muslim countries, but the list was modified following a series of court challenges.

It now restricts citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea.

A pathway to citizenship

In another major immigration pledge, Mr Biden has said he’ll swiftly send a bill to Congress laying out a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented immigrants.

“And all of those so-called dreamers, those Daca [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme] kids, they’re going to be immediately certified again to be able to stay in this country and put on a path to citizenship,” he said in late October.

In December, the Biden team conceded it would need more time to roll back one of Mr Trump’s policies, the Migrant Protection Protocols that force thousands of asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for US immigration court hearings.

Once a “Day One” pledge, officials now say it could take about six months to address.

Ending border wall construction

Mr Biden has vowed to halt construction of a project synonymous with Mr Trump’s presidency – the border wall between the US and Mexico. His campaign had called it “a waste of money” that “diverts critical resources away from the real threats”.

The administration says it will instead divert the federal funds towards efforts like new border screening measures.

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image captionUS President Donald Trump tours and signs a section of the US-Mexico border wall

Race and criminal justice reforms

The national reckoning with race is the fourth crisis – alongside Covid, the economy and climate – Mr Biden says he must tackle quickly.

Some of those policies – like addressing racial disparities in housing and healthcare – overlap with his other plans.

Mr Biden will sign an executive order on racial equality and call on all US agencies to create a plan to tackle any unequal barriers to opportunity. It will also rescind Mr Trump’s executive order limiting the ability of federal government agencies to implement diversity and inclusion training.

Mr Biden has promised to set up a national police oversight body to assist in reforming police departments in his first 100 days in office, though details of that plan are scarce.

He has said he wants swift passage by Congress of the “Safe Justice Act”, which includes measures on reforming mandatory minimum sentences and increasing funding for community based policing.

LGBT protections

He has made commitments to the LGBT community as well, like directing resources towards helping prevent violence against transgender people, ending the ban on transgender people serving in the military, and restoring guidance for transgender students in schools.

One other priority is passing the Equality Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing federal civil rights laws, though how fast he can pass that legislation remains unclear.

Reassuring US allies

The incoming president says he plans to quickly reach out to US allies to smooth ruffled feathers and promise that “America has your back”, saying the US must “prove to the world that [it] is prepared to lead again – not just with the example of our power but also with the power of our example”.

He has said on his first day in the Oval Office he would reach out to Nato allies with the message “we’re back and you can count on us again”.

Though Mr Trump was not the first president to pressure other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to spend more on defence, he threatened at times to withdraw from the alliance that Mr Biden has called the “bulwark of the liberal democratic ideal”.

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Illumine Industries Marks Major Milestone – 18,000 Solar Projects Designed Throughout the U.S.

Author:  Illumine Industries        Published: 1/13/2021     Utility Dive

Company doubles engineering team headcount in Q4 2020

January 13, 2021 (San Francisco) – Illumine Industries (Illumine-i), a comprehensive design and engineering firm, today announced it has completed the design of its 18,000th residential and commercial solar project. This milestone was achieved in a record five years, the last year marking the most significant growth – nearly 10,000 projects.

“This is an incredibly exciting milestone to achieve in just a few years in such a competitive and growing market,” said Nithish Sairam, CEO, Illumine-i. “Our team of engineers and creative thinkers has attained an extremely high level of trust with our customers and they continue to turn to us for their solar project design needs.”

Technical precision and constructability of solar projects – rooftop, ground mount and carports – is critical to the success of commercial, residential and utility solar projects. Illumine-i is the preferred design partner to more than 300 solar installers, developers and EPCs across the United States and holds a 97% Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) approval rate.

“Illumine-i has consistently performed high quality design and engineering services on our solar sites, unfailingly meeting deadlines and providing rapid technical support when solving challenges discovered during site investigation,” said Andy Hershberger, Director of Virginia Operations for GOT Electric LLC. “Their support is critical as a key technical backstop allowing more of our projects to move forward and keeping our business growing.”

Illumine-i was recently selected by Got Electric for a portfolio of solar projects in Virginia to provide development and electrical engineering support at two school districts totaling 12 sites with cumulative solar of more than 4 megawatts (MW) DC. These projects are the company’s first in Virginia, and they expect additional business in the state due to the “Virginia Clean Economy Act” passed in 2020, through which 16,000MW of solar and onshore wind were allocated, directly expanding net metering in the Commonwealth.

The company also increased its design and engineering team by 100% in Q4 2020 to support the company’s rapid growth. With licensed engineers in every state, Illumine-i also provides structural and electrical review for projects across the U.S.

“No two solar projects are the same, so each of our projects has a dedicated Account Manager whose sole responsibility is ensuring the engineering team is meeting (and exceeding) our client’s requirements on-time and on-budget,” said Kevin Mathew, Project Manager, Illumine-i. “As a result, we are seeing additional requests for our services, most notably for larger commercial and utility-scale projects.”

Illumine-i is also expanding its technology services to support its growing customer base. The company is currently developing an application that is designed to help solar installers save time and money on their projects by cutting down certain indirect costs associated with pre-engineering. Illumine-i expects to announce this new product towards the end of Q1 2021.

“Leveraging the power of technology is a driving factor for Illumine-i,” said Srinath M.R., Process Development Manager, Illumine-i. “This new product, in combination with our existing design and engineering services, will bring financial benefits to our clients by cutting down on manhours and reducing soft costs by 5%-10%.”

About Illumine Industries

Illumine Industries (Illumine-i) is a nationwide design and engineering firm specializing in residential, commercial and utility scale solar PV and energy storage system. The company’s work includes creating engineering designs and calculation packages for RFP responses, permitting & interconnection approval, and construction. Its team of 40+ engineers with a combined 100 years of experience provide value-engineered designs customized to any specific needs at a faster turnaround time and mostly with utmost quality and competitive cost. Find out more here.

PR Contact:

Leah Wilkinson

Wilkinson + Associates for Illumine-i



10 state utility commission chairs to FERC: Let’s strengthen federal-state electricity regulatory relationships

Author: Jason Stane and others       Published: 1/21/2021       Utility Dive

The following is a contributed article by Jason Stanek, Chairman, Maryland Public Service Commission; Philip L. Bartlett II, Chairman, Maine Public Utilities Commission; Joseph L. Fiordaliso, President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities; Marissa Paslick Gillet, Chairman, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority; Willie L. Phillips, Chairman, Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia; Ted J. Thomas, Chairman, Arkansas Public Service Commission; Rebecca Cameron Valcq, Chair, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin; Hayley Williamson, Chair, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada; Dallas Winslow, Chair, Delaware Public Service Commission; and Carrie K. Zalewski, Chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission.

As chairs of public utility commissions, we begin the new year with optimism as it presents an opportunity to leverage lessons learned last year and move toward strengthening federal-state electricity regulatory relationships and enhancing the cooperation and collaboration between our respective commissions.

Technological advancements, market forces and consumer demands are driving one of the most significant power sector transitions in recent memory. States are adopting aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standards, Clean Energy Standards and greenhouse gas targets, as well as pushing to electrify the transportation sector. Despite new challenges, states are continuing to serve as incubators of innovation, nurturing the development and maturation of energy resources that will satisfy new public policies and meet evolving customer needs.

In recent years, FERC has been helpful in opening doors to advance some new resources, such as energy storage and distributed energy. Likewise, grid operators have taken steps to improve their markets. It is imperative that these doors remain open and that, together, we can effectuate the successful implementation of these policies with regulatory clarity, coordination and cooperation.

The optimal path forward calls for states and FERC to take steps to work in concert to manage their complex and sometimes varied regulatory roles, looking beyond their respective retail and wholesale jurisdictions, and working cooperatively in a coordinated manner, where the actions of one regulator necessarily impact another.

Communication will be key, and it can be facilitated through forums for state and federal regulators to discuss matters of common interest, and to provide clarity and define expectations in advancing policy objectives. The successful FERC-NARUC Collaborative represents one of several possible paths forward that allow state and federal regulators to identify priorities and commit to working toward common goals.

The autonomy and independence of states allows each to be a laboratory of democracy, and to be a vehicle for the expression of the different wills of the people who live in them. However, implementing policies individually on a state-by-state basis is often more costly and less efficient than implementing them on a multi-state basis. Advancing like-minded policies through regional markets has proven to be cost effective in the past, and states should continue to use regional state committees and organizations to develop beneficial policies, and to carry those policy preferences to the ISO/RTO stakeholder process.

Ultimately, success will require leadership. We call on federal and state electricity regulators to explore a forum where pressing policy issues can be discussed in a way that improves coordination and understanding across the jurisdictional lines. Serving and protecting the public interest during this time of transition is paramount and should be a priority for all of us in this new year. We pledge our support for a mutually beneficial process and look forward to the road ahead.


Author: AABE              Published: 1/19/2021            Info@ American Association Blacks In Energy

In connection with the settlement, the United States has filed a consent decree, agreed to by Toyota, that resolves the government’s complaint through Toyota’s payment of a $180 million civil penalty and the imposition of injunctive relief. The $180 million penalty is the largest civil penalty for violation of EPA’s emission-reporting requirements. The consent decree remains subject to a period of public comment and court approval.
WASHINGTON (January 14, 2021) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice announced today that the United States has filed and simultaneously settled a civil lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor North America Inc., Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. (Toyota) for systematic, longstanding violations of Clean Air Act emission-related defect reporting requirements, which require manufacturers to report potential defects and recalls affecting vehicle components designed to control emissions.
“For a decade Toyota failed to report mandatory information about potential defects in their cars to the EPA, keeping the agency in the dark and evading oversight,” said Susan Bodine, EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Assistant Administrator. “EPA considers this failure to be a serious violation of the Clean Air Act.”
“This settlement is yet another important milestone settlement for this Administration, and it continues our unwavering commitment to ensuring that our environmental laws as written, including EPA’s regulations, are rigorously enforced,” said Jeffrey Bossert Clark, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
“For a decade, Toyota systematically violated regulations that provide EPA with a critical compliance tool to ensure that vehicles on the road comply with federal emissions standards,” said Audrey Straus, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. “Toyota shut its eyes to the noncompliance, failing to provide proper training, attention, and oversight to its Clean Air Act reporting obligations. Toyota’s actions undermined EPA’s self-disclosure system and likely led to delayed or avoided emission-related recalls, resulting in financial benefit to Toyota and excess emissions of air pollutants. Today, Toyota pays the price for its misconduct with a $180 million civil penalty and agreement to injunctive relief to ensure that its violations will not be repeated.”
The complaint filed in Manhattan federal court today alleges that from approximately 2005 until at least late 2015, Toyota systematically violated Clean Air Act automobile defect reporting requirements designed to protect public health and the environment from harmful air pollutants.
Clean Air Act regulations require manufacturers to notify EPA by filing an Emissions Defect Information Report (EDIR) when 25 or more vehicles or engines in a given model year have the same defect in an emission control part or an element of design installed in order to comply with emission standards and other EPA regulations. The regulations also require vehicle manufacturers to file a Voluntary Emissions Recall Report (VERR) with EPA when they perform a recall to correct defects in emission-related parts, and to update EPA on the progress of such recalls through Quarterly Reports. These mandatory reporting requirements are critical to the Clean Air Act’s purpose of protecting human health and the environment from harmful air pollutants: They encourage manufacturers to investigate and voluntarily address defects that may result in excess emissions of harmful air pollutants, and provide EPA with important information about emission-related defects for use in its oversight of manufacturers.
For 10 years, Toyota routinely failed to comply with these reporting requirements. During that time, Toyota materially delayed filing an estimated 78 EDIRs, filing many only when disclosing non-compliance to EPA in 2015, at which point some were as much as eight years late. These EDIRs related to millions of vehicles with the potential to exhibit emission-related defects. Toyota also failed to file 20 VERRs and more than 200 quarterly reports.
During the period of noncompliance, Toyota managers and staff in Japan knew that Toyota was no longer attempting to determine whether it was aware of 25 instances of the same emission-related defect in a model year – the threshold requirement for filing an EDIR. Rather than follow this legally required standard, Toyota unilaterally decided to file EDIRs principally when Toyota was independently required to file distinct reports with California regulators under a less strict standard – a standard that EPA had rejected as too lenient when Toyota had previously proposed to rely on it for federal reporting. Time and again, Toyota managers and staff in Japan identified the discrepancy between Toyota’s procedures and the plain language of the federal requirements but failed to bring Toyota into compliance. And Toyota’s American unit, responsible for submitting the reports to EPA, was well aware of red flags indicating Toyota’s noncompliance, but did not address the problem. As Toyota’s key U.S.-based employee wrote in one email: “As long as EPA is not asking about EDIR[s] then I do not want to change.”
As a result of its conduct, Toyota deprived EPA of timely information regarding emission-related defects and recalls and avoided the early focus on emission defects contemplated by the regulations. Toyota’s conduct likely resulted in delayed or avoided recalls, with Toyota obtaining a significant economic benefit, pushing costs onto consumers, and lengthening the time that unrepaired vehicles with emission-related defects remained on the road.
Toyota admits, acknowledges, and accepts responsibility for what is included in the consent decree.
Between approximately 2005 and late 2015, Toyota routinely filed emission defect reports to EPA materially late and, in many cases, failed to file such reports at all until a self-disclosure of non-compliance in late 2015.
Representations to EPA
In March and May 2002, at EPA’s request, Toyota and EPA representatives met to discuss Toyota’s internal process for identifying whether 25 instances of a specific emission-related defect exist in vehicles or engines of the same model year, requiring an EDIR filing.
At a first meeting in March 2002, Toyota described its EDIR process in which Toyota would investigate whether it had 25 defects only upon receiving 25 “product reports” from its dealers, but would supplement that review by filing an EDIR upon receiving warranty claims for an emission-related part in 4 percent of Toyota’s California fleet (a threshold requiring a separate filing to state authorities under California law).
At the meeting, EPA rejected this EDIR process as not timely considering warranty claims, despite the incorporation of the 4 percent California trigger. Toyota’s notes of the meeting indicate that EPA program staff advised Toyota that if it came back with a revised proposal that the program staff were convinced would satisfy the regulations, then EPA’s enforcement arm would not need to get involved. Toyota then revised its process, noting internally that it “will be stricter than” California law.
At a May 2002 meeting with EPA, Toyota presented its revised process. Under that process, Toyota would commence an investigation to determine whether an EDIR filing was required when it had received warranty claims for an emission-related part for 1 percent of relevant vehicles nationwide; when it received 500 such warranty claims regardless of the percentage; or when it received twenty-five similar early warning reports.
Toyota noted internally that EPA seemed pleased with this approach, which EPA had described as “more stringent than California.” In 2003, 2004, and 2005, as part of an annual review, Toyota submitted its May 2002 process in writing to EPA as an overview of its EDIR reporting program.
Toyota’s Conduct from Approximately 2005 to 2015
Without notifying EPA, in approximately 2005, Toyota stopped following the May 2002 EDIR process. In approximately 2005, Toyota began filing EDIRs primarily when filing the California reports triggered by the 4 percent threshold. Toyota also filed EDIRs in a small number of instances when it was otherwise filing VERRs with EPA.
From approximately 2005 to 2015, Toyota stopped making any independent determination of whether 25 defects existed requiring an EDIR filing. Multiple times during this period, Toyota staff charged with preparing EDIRs identified that the plain language of the EDIR regulations called for filing an EDIR upon the identification of 25 defects, but that Toyota was not doing so. These staff did not cause Toyota to change its practice.
As a result of this conduct, Toyota filed at least 69 EDIRs materially late. Thirty-nine of these were filed materially late in the ordinary course of Toyota’s business. In late 2015, Toyota self-disclosed another 30 that had not been filed at all. Some EDIRs were ultimately filed as many as eight years after they were due.
Beyond EDIRs, Toyota also failed during this period to file 20 VERRs required for emission-related recall campaigns that it conducted and failed to file more than two hundred Quarterly Reports related to such campaigns. Between 2005 and 2015, Toyota failed to provide its employees with adequate training, resources, or oversight to ensure that Toyota complied with its reporting obligations to EPA. As a result of Toyota’s conduct, EPA did not timely receive mandated information regarding emission-related defects and recalls.
Pursuant to the consent decree, Toyota will pay a civil penalty of $180 million. The consent decree also requires Toyota to follow certain compliance and reporting practices designed to ensure timely investigation of emission-related defects and timely filing of EDIRs, VERRs, and quarterly reports with EPA. The consent decree imposes training, internal communication, and oversight requirements. Toyota will be subject to judicial oversight under this consent decree for at least three years, with additional reporting requirements to EPA for four and a half years.
Notice of this proposed consent decree will be published in the Federal Register and the public will have the opportunity to submit comments on the consent decree for a period of at least 30 days before it is submitted for the court’s approval.
To view the consent decree or to submit a comment, visit the Department of Justice website at
The Justice Department thanked the attorneys in EPA’s Air Enforcement Division, the program staff at EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, and the agents at EPA’s Criminal Investigative Division for their critical work on this case.
This case is being handled by the Environmental Protection Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Civil Division. Senior Trial Attorney Keith Tashima with the Environment and Natural Resources Division’s Environmental Enforcement Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert William Yalen, Dominika Tarczynska, and Jennifer Jude of the Southern District of New York are prosecuting the case.

A letter from Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus, director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO).

Author: Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus    Published: 1/19/2021         SETO


A letter from Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus, director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO).

Dear solar stakeholder,

As we start the new year, I want to share highlights of our work in 2020. I hope these will excite you about what more we can accomplish together in the year to come.

In 2020, we announced $200 million in funding and selected 72 new projects (SETO 2020 and EMPOWERED) that will work to advance a wide array of new technologies. We will share the progress these projects will make and look forward to your applications for our next funding opportunities.

With 2020 being a record for new U.S. solar installations, our focus on how to best integrate solar on the grid becomes even more important. SETO’s systems integration research is working to ensure that solar integration is reliable, affordable, safe, and secure. As part of that work, we initiated the development of a power electronics testbed with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)’s Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems; announced funding for a Grid-Forming Research Consortium; and launched the North American Energy Resilience Model with the DOE electricity, wind, and water offices.

As the solar fleet grows, we are developing a better understanding of the performance and degradation rates of those systems. In 2020, our Photovoltaics (PV) Fleet Performance Data Initiative worked with industry to collect 2.5 gigawatts of data. As we gather even more, NREL is using this data to develop a benchmark that will enable more efficient operation of PV installations and improve performance prediction accuracy for current and future PV power plants.

But that’s not all. Here are some more highlights from our projects last year:

  • A supercritical carbon dioxide power cycle integrated testbed project was launched that will demonstrate and de-risk this new concentrating solar-thermal power system.
  • The National Community Solar Partnership grew to include more than 350 members from 230 partner organizations. Thirty partners are receiving technical assistance, and 20 are in collaborative working groups to grow community solar across the country.
  • To date, over 380 communities have received a SolSmart designation, a more than 25% increase from 2019, helping to streamline permitting and encourage solar business development.

We had some intense competitions last year, too, which you can follow into the new year. We launched the Solar Desalination Prize, and Round 4 of the American-Made Solar Prize is underway. And more than 525 students from 52 collegiate institutions participated in the Solar District Cup Class of 2020. Now 59 teams from 56 institutions in the Class of 2021 are reimagining distributed energy systems, with 21% of the teams at minority-serving institutions.

Finally, we congratulate the three National Lab solar project teams that received research & development (R&D) 100 awards!

Thank you for your interest in our work, and I hope that you continue to stay engaged with us. You can always visit SETO’s website to get up to speed on the latest research.

We look forward to continuing to work to support the growth of solar in 2021 and beyond. Please feel free to reach out with any questions by emailing

Wishing you a happy new year!


Washington Gas Climate Business Plan of Washington, DC 

Author: DC Chamber of Commerce       Published:  1/19/20221         DCCC

Dear Friends,
Happy New Year and best wishes for a healthy and productive year ahead. In the spirit of a healthy and productive year, please plan to join Washington Gas for a virtual community meeting: Energy Efficiency – What’s in it For You which is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  The virtual community meeting is a continuation of the discussion Washington Gas began last year with an overview of its Climate Business Plan of Washington, DC which was filed with the DC Public Service Commission and addresses steps that can be taken to help the District reach its climate goals for carbon neutrality.
Please plan to join us and tell a friend to do so, as well. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in disseminating this information to the community through your various distribution systems (e.g., listservs, newsletters, etc.). Together, with information that can help us make better decisions, we will work toward a cleaner energy future for us all. Details about the virtual community meeting and registration information are found in the attachment.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:00 pm.
Thank you and please stay safe –
Washington Gas
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Virtual Lobbying 101 training hosted by CCAN Action Fund and Virginia League of Conservation Voters

Author: Elle De La Cancela   Published: 1/19/2021      CCAN

Virtual Lobbying 101 Training 

Dear Ronald,

Thank you so much for attending our Virtual Lobbying 101 training hosted by CCAN Action Fund and Virginia League of Conservation Voters. With the tools from this event, you hopefully will feel more comfortable speaking on the legislation you are passionate about with our lawmakers this General Assembly Session.

For those of you who didn’t make it or who would like a refresher, you can find our presentation slides here. A video recording of the event is also available here. And we have the information packet with all things Clean Cars here.

We also have some helpful links to resources we mentioned during the webinar. If you are looking to find your legislator, check out the meeting schedule, learn general bill information (use quick links tab), or give written or oral testimony in either the house or the senate, you can do so by clicking the hyperlinks.

And lastly: here are some opportunities to put your skills to good use:

  1. Conservation Lobby Day with our partners at Virginia Conservation Network on January 21st from 8am-12:30pm;
  2. Clean Transportation Lobby Day with CCAN, LCV and Sierra Club on January 28th from 8am-12:30pm.

Our events can all be found here.

There will be more opportunities to get involved with other intersectional legislation (think: worker’s rights, land use/housing) throughout this session, so keep an eye on your emails. In the meantime, feel free to shoot us a line with any questions.

We hope to see you at one of our events soon!

In solidarity,
Lauren & Elle

Biden’s $1.9T Coronavirus Relief Plan Includes $1,400 Stimulus Checks

Author: WI Informer Staff          Published: 1/15/2021          Washington Informer Newspaper 

President-elect Joe Biden lays out his proposal for a new coronavirus relief package at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on Jan. 14.

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday said his proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package will include more of stimulus checks, with the latest amount of $1,400 intended to offset the relatively small $600 payments that began going out this month.

The direct payments are part of Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which aims to assist those struggling to make ends meet since the global pandemic began nearly a year ago.

The plan, which has to meet congressional approval, is packed with proposals regarding health care, education, labor and cybersecurity.

In addition to an extra $400 per week for unemployed and affected workers, $416 billion has been earmarked for a national vaccination program covering 50 million people and reopening schools in Biden’s first 100 days in office, NBC News reported.

Outgoing chairman and fellow CBC member transition to Biden Administration

Author:                                Published: 1/15/2021              CBCF

CBCF Board Chairman Joins Biden Administration

Outgoing chairman and fellow CBC member transition to
Biden Administration
WASHINGTON – January 15, 2021 – The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) today announced that Rep. Cedric Richmond will resign his role as board of directors chairman. He will transition from the CBCF board on January 19 in preparation to serve as senior adviser to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement for President-Elect Joe Biden. Under Richmond’s leadership since 2019, the CBCF advanced its mission to develop leaders, inform public policy and educate the public by expanding its social justice, research and policy analysis initiatives, and the programming of the Leadership Institute. The CBCF also recognizes the appointment of Congressional Black Caucus member Rep. Marcia Fudge to serve as secretary of housing and urban development as part of the forthcoming Biden Administration.
“It has been one of the great honors of my life to serve as CBCF board chairman over the past year and a half,” said Rep. Richmond. “Whether it was our fellowships, scholarships, internships, or our recently improved endowment, we have put a significant down payment on the development of tomorrow’s Black leaders. I am eternally grateful for the confidence bestowed on me as the board set out to navigate difficult challenges and fortify the Foundation’s long-term vision and infrastructure. Together, we have set the CBCF on a path of growth and prosperity that will only see its reach expand over the coming years.”
Lori George Billingsley, vice chairwoman of the CBCF board of directors, will assume the role of chairwoman, effective January 19. Billingsley is global chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for The Coca-Cola Company.
“The Coca-Cola Company is a long-time supporter of the CBCF, including the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Prayer Breakfast and Day of Healing,” said Lori George Billingsley. “I am proud to lead this dedicated and accomplished board of directors at this pivotal time in our collective history.”
“The CBCF will continue to develop opportunities to advance the global Black community,” said president and CEO Tonya Veasey. “We congratulate Rep. Fudge and thank Rep. Richmond for his dedicated service to the CBCF and we are grateful for his leadership as board chairman. Moreover, it is a pleasure to continue our tradition of impactful work with Lori George Billingsley.”
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About the CBCF
Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute committed to advancing the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, visit