Lucy Kessler

Master of Environmental Management, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2018

Lucy Kessler is pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) at Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she is specializing in corporate social responsibility and clean energy. She is currently working on energy projects pertaining to electricity markets and solar energy policies and has worked with numerous corporate clients including The Gap, Patagonia, and Cascade Designs. 

Prior to Yale, Lucy worked at a clean-energy nonprofit based in Aspen, Colorado that incentivized energy efficiency and clean energy and advanced sustainability policies at the local and state level. Lucy helped develop several community-engagement programs including a low-income efficiency program, a city-wide energy savings competition as part of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, water-conservation initiatives, and waste-reduction campaigns. She has written for the Huffington Post and works as one of the communications research assistants for the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

Lucy majored in biology at Colorado College and was a student author of The Colorado College State of the Rockies Report. 

Authored Articles
Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah Remains Optimistic Despite Taxes and Tariffs

New United States federal policies such as tax legislation for corporations as well as tariffs on various products – solar panels and aluminum and steel imports – have led to significant ripple effects throughout the clean energy industry. Meanwhile, states are driving clean energy adoption through various incentives and policies due to the recent lack of leadership by the federal government.
Solar panels being installed

Who Will Win the US Solar Tariff Fight?

Recent news suggests that the United States solar tariff equates to doomsday for the solar industry. However, there are many additional factors at play that add complexity to future projections – including politics, the economy, and technology. Although many in the industry agree the tariff will slow the growth of solar installations, experts are mixed in the extent to which they believe this will harm the national industry.

How Small Islands Can Transition to Renewable Energy

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are on the front line of climate change, facing the damage of shrinking coastlines and the ravages of tropical storms. However, these 57 island nations around the world can attempt to address this global challenge by relying on their renewable resources including sunshine, wind, hydropower and biomass. The topic was the subject of multiple events in November at COP23 in Bonn, Germany.
Solar panels on a roof in Oakland

A Tool to Accelerate Energy Storage for Solar PV Projects

Energy storage for solar PV is a critically important technology because of its ability to resolve the primary drawback of solar power – namely, that the sun doesn’t shine all the time. Organizations such as Clean Energy Group (CEG) are leveraging software to advance these technologies as a means to expand energy resiliency and affordability.
Department of Energy - Looking at solar panels

The Value of the DOE State Energy Program

As part of President Trump’s resolution to cut government spending, the White House has proposed drastic budget reductions for the United States Department of Energy (DOE) – and for its clean energy office. These may affect the State Energy Program (SEP), which has yielded broad-ranging health and economic benefits.
Apartment building exterior

Opening the Door to Affordable Solar+Storage

While energy storage technologies are becoming an increasingly viable option, storage for solar (solar+storage) is mostly serving only high-end commercial markets. However, since this combination reduces costs and increases resilience, this emerging market is uniquely positioned to greatly benefit low-to-moderate-income (LMI) communities. The challenge is: how can we make it financially viable for this underserved demographic?