Allison Silverman

Biography

Allie focuses on policy issues related to solar PV and resilient solar. She also manages Shared SolarNYC, NYC’s program to equitably expand solar access to all New Yorkers. Her areas of focus include permitting and interconnection, as well as planning and zoning concerns to streamline the solar deployment process in New York. Allie has been working on climate and energy justice issues for over a decade. She has focused on international climate change policies that incorporate human rights to safeguard communities and ecosystems, as well as more local energy efficiency, smart grid development, and energy justice issues. Allie has been implementing the project-based change model throughout her career, such as when she coordinated a successful “BioGem” campaign in Chile for the Natural Resources Defense Council to promote energy alternatives to an ill-conceived massive hydroelectric scheme, and when she implemented a rural electrification and sustainable development project as a Fulbright Scholar in Panama.

Working at the IEE gave me both the substantive knowledge and the professional training required to engage in the energy law and policy sector. I worked on a range of projects that exposed me to different issues, including the smart grid, energy justice, electric coops and energy efficiency, which I continue to leverage in my work today. I am grateful to the IEE staff and my fellow energizers who continue to inspire me by the work they do.