Kat Friedrich

Kat Friedrich
News Editor at Clean Energy Finance Forum and Conservation Finance Network

A former mechanical engineer with graduate training in journalism and environmental studies, Kat Friedrich is a self-employed news editor with expertise in energy, sustainability and technology.

In collaboration with graduate students and staff, Kat is expanding the articles, infographics and videos published by Clean Energy Finance Forum and Conservation Finance Network. These sites are experimenting with the latest innovations in online media and environmental communication. Both sites are using a "solutions journalism" approach to producing cutting-edge, pragmatic business news.

Yale University brought Clean Energy Finance Forum on board after Kat built its initial iteration for a small national NGO, Clean Energy Finance Center. The website has been growing since 2012.

Kat has also edited two magazines: BuildingEnergy and Renewable Energy World Magazine. Her reporting has appeared in Midwest Energy News, Scientific American, Earth Island Journal, and many other publications. She is a local co-organizer of Online News Association Western New England and the former organizer of NetSquared Boston.

Kat holds a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute. Her thesis analyzed media framing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge energy resources debate.

For close to two years, Kat worked for American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy on website strategy, technical writing, and environmental psychology research.

For four years, Kat was a writer and editor at the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, a national initiative advancing diversity-friendly teaching techniques in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at colleges and universities.

As an engineer, Kat constructed parts for hybrid race cars before hybrid cars were on the market. She also built and tested HVAC systems to cool power electronics that were connected to utility power grids.

Authored Articles
Seattle hospital

Rain Doesn’t Prevent Washington’s Solar Market from Growing

Although Washington may not look like a prime location for solar power, the market is growing reliably, according to Washington Department of Commerce staff Glenn Blackmon, senior energy policy specialist; Dever Haffner-Ratliffe, program and grant manager; and Seth Kolodziejski, policy and contracts supervisor. In this joint written interview, they said utilities and the state are building energy efficiency programs and exploring electrification strategies.
Ken Hughes

How Can New Mexico Transform Its Energy Mix?

New Mexico needs to modernize its rates, regulations and incentives so it can make substantial progress in improving its solar-energy and energy efficiency markets, said Ken Hughes, clean energy specialist at the State of New Mexico’s Energy Conservation and Management Division. In this interview, he provided examples of success stories on the ground.
James Owen

Stakeholders in Missouri Debate Clean Energy’s Future

As Missouri’s clean energy policies go back and forth like a ball in a game, advocates are doing their best to negotiate, said James Owen, executive director of Renew Missouri, in this interview. Net metering and other policies are being actively debated by state decision makers. The outcome is still up in the air.
Ben Otto

Idaho Values Energy-Efficient Choices

Saving energy and money is popular in Idaho. But distributed generation policy has been a sticking point for the state’s solar market lately. This has included controversies related to utility-scale solar and net metering costs, said Benjamin Otto, energy associate at Idaho Conservation League. Some of these negotiations have gone well, he said in this interview. Meanwhile, energy efficiency has continued to have steady support in the state
Jamie Barber

Georgia’s Residential Market Should Seek Clean Energy Options

Although there is interest in utility-scale solar in the Georgia market, residential solar power and residential energy efficiency are lagging, according to Jamie Barber, energy efficiency and renewable energy manager at Georgia Public Service Commission. In this interview, she said that building homeowners’ awareness of their energy options could help build traction for new choices.
Engine in a museum exhibit

Fueling the Cleantech Startup Engine

What insights about the cleantech startup ecosystem can accelerate the clean energy economy? Speakers on a panel at Horizon18 in Boston on Oct. 11, “Game Changers in the Clean Economy Marketplace: Innovative Solutions for the Future,” said that while some dynamic trends are taking place in the market, they recognize the obstacles that slow down new startups and technologies.
Vianaar Homes, an eco-friendly development project in Goa

Seeking Energy Efficiency’s Hidden Savings

Some marketers view energy efficiency as invisible to United States consumers. Within the industry itself, benefits that are not measured in kWh are often invisible, said Noel Stevens, senior consultant at DNV GL. During a webinar hosted by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships on Sept. 19, “Quantifying the Value Proposition: Recent Work on Non-Energy Impacts,” he and other speakers showed the selling points of retooling savings estimates.
Pennsylvania Road

Pennsylvania Seeks Routes toward Clean Energy

Clean energy is competing with natural gas in Pennsylvania. As the state attempts to optimize its renewable energy incentives, the market is chugging forward with some difficulty, according to Rob Altenburg, director of PennFuture Energy Center. In this interview, he explains some of the roadblocks that exist.
Katie Niebaum

Arkansas Seeks to Expand Its Advanced-Energy Economy

In this interview, Katie Laning Niebaum, executive director of Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, described the challenges and aspirations she encounters as she seeks to build clean energy markets in Arkansas. Although some success stories have taken place in the energy efficiency space, much more work remains to be done.