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Lewis & Clark Law School Welcomes Arthur Haubenstock as Executive Director of the Green Energy Institute

February 23, 2020

Lewis & Clark Law School announced today that Arthur Haubenstock has been appointed Executive Director of the Green Energy Institute (GEI), and will oversee the Institute’s work to support the transition of the Pacific Northwest and western region toward a 100% clean energy system. Professor Melissa Powers, who founded GEI in 2013, will continue to serve as Faculty Director, working closely with Arthur, staff attorney Amelia Schlusser, and the Institute’s Fellows to further GEI’s mission.

“Lewis & Clark Law’s Green Energy Institute has been at the forefront of the Pacific Northwest’s energy progression,” Haubenstock said. “It’s an honor to join GEI and become part of Lewis & Clark’s nationally-leading environmental and energy law program. The Institute will play a significant role in shaping the legal and policy framework needed for the West’s clean energy future. I look forward to working with professor Powers and the GEI team to build on the Institute’s strong foundation.”

“Arthur has decades of experience in energy and environmental law and policy, and we are so pleased to have him take the lead at GEI,” said Lewis & Clark Law School Dean Jennifer Johnson. “His deep commitment to the environment, to a clean, equitable and reliable energy system, and to mentoring students will be a great asset to our school.”

Professor Melissa Powers added, “the Pacific Northwest’s clean energy transition is at a critical juncture, with pressure to add capacity as we grow, as we adapt to climate change, and as we electrify more of the transportation and building sectors. We need to meet those challenges while decarbonizing our energy system- and are fortunate to have Arthur Haubenstock on board and leading the way for GEI.”

Arthur Haubenstock joins the Institute with almost three decades of experience at the forefront of energy and environmental law and policy. He has contributed to nationally-significant renewables legislation, regulations and policy; negotiated first-of-a-kind solar and storage power purchase agreements; and led enforcement actions requiring the clean-up and restoration of major hazardous and oil waste sites, including the Bolsa Chica wetlands.

He brings experience in a variety of public and private capacities to the Green Energy Institute, including service at several leading clean energy developers and trade associations, national law firms, and the U.S. EPA. Haubenstock has also taught environmental and energy law and negotiations at Berkeley Law, Golden Gate University Law, and Hastings Law, and is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker. He has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a law degree from Georgetown University.

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