General Session

Richard Kauffman

Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York


Richard Kauffman will receive the Solar Champion Award during the general session for his invaluable leadership in the sustainable and solar energy community. The award is presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). Previous winners include Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Richard Kauffman joined the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the state’s first Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, or ‘energy czar,’ in January 2013. On behalf of Governor Cuomo, Mr. Kauffman leads New York State’s comprehensive energy policy effort, known as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).

Mr. Kauffman oversees and manages the state’s complete portfolio of energy agencies and authorities, comprised of the Department of Public Service (DPS), the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He was appointed chair of NYSERDA’s board in June 2013.

As the state’s most senior energy official, Mr. Kauffman was New York’s lead delegate in Paris at COP21. In 2014, Mr. Kauffman was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators.

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