Jan 14, 2020

Dennis W. Elsenbeck, New York State Climate Action Council

Phillips Lytle Energy Consulting Services Head of Energy and Sustainability Dennis W. Elsenbeck Appointed to the New York State Climate Action Council

Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle Energy Consulting Services Head of Energy and Sustainability Dennis W. Elsenbeck has been appointed to the New York State Climate Action Council by Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

The 22-member New York State Climate Action Council was created in the 2019 Legislative Session as part of the aggressive Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) to address and mitigate the effects of climate change by drastically transforming New York’s economy by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, changing the state’s energy reliance to renewable sources, promoting environmental justice, and creating green jobs in all communities throughout New York State. The council consists of a number state agency heads, business leaders, community and environmental advocates.

“I am honored to be a Member of the Climate Action Council, and look forward to working with other Council Members, Governor Cuomo’s Office, our Legislative Leadership and especially the market place on this initiative,” said Mr. Elsenbeck. “New York State has set the bar in terms of how our country should respond to the threat of Climate Change via aggressive goal setting. An equally aggressive implementation plan is required to ensure that we maintain both economic and environmental sustainability that will support New York’s green economy. It should be our priority to not only achieve our stated goals, but also act as a leader in the Global Climate economy.”

Mr. Elsenbeck provides consulting services on a broad range of energy-related opportunities encompassing a forward view of supply, distribution and demand options. From his leadership role with a major U.S. utility for nearly 30 years, he brings to Phillips Lytle insight, analytics and business perspectives on long-term policies and the economic landscape. He assists clients with due diligence and regulatory compliance on energy transactions; regulatory counseling involving Public Service Commission proceedings; energy procurement and utility negotiations involving government entities and municipalities; procurement consulting regarding the reduction of energy costs and review of economic incentives; market-driven integrated resource planning; and identifying commercial and technical issues associated with energy-related opportunities. Mr. Elsenbeck helps clients move critical energy projects forward by providing creative solutions and overcoming project challenges. He works to develop the voice of the consumer in energy policy and bill impacts as sustainability becomes a focus of energy policy. Mr. Elsenbeck collaborates with clients in shaping the “utility of the future.”

Mr. Elsenbeck is a well-recognized expert in the energy field and is a highly sought-after lecturer on a variety of topics across the U.S.

Phillips Lytle LLP is a preeminent law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence. With offices across New York State and in Chicago, IL; Washington, D.C.; and Canada, our attorneys serve a multinational client base, including Fortune 1000 companies, global and regional financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, middle-market companies, startups, entrepreneurs and individuals on important matters affecting their businesses and personal wealth. For more information, visit phillipslytle.com.


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