Project Manager

Brian Lips
Energy Policy Project Coordinator


Brian Lips is an Energy Policy Project Coordinator for the NC Clean Energy Technology Center. He manages the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE). In addition to coordinating and overseeing the project’s research, federal contract, and budget, Brian also authors DSIRE’s content for NC and CA. As the Center’s expert on North Carolina policy, Brian has assisted the N.C. Department of Revenue with the state’s tax credit for renewable energy property and has spoken in Special Committee sessions of the N.C. General Assembly. Brian joined the Center in 2006 and has served in various capacities with the DSIRE project before becoming the manager of the project in 2013. Brian received a degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, with a focus in Energy and Environmental Science. In addition to researching energy policy, Brian enjoys cooking, cycling, traveling, and collecting vinyl records.

Phone: (919) 515-3954

Policy Analysts

Heather Calderwood
Policy Analyst

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Heather Calderwood is a Policy Analyst at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center working primarily on the DSIRE project. She authors DSIRE’s content for MN, WI, IL, IN, ND, SD, and the U.S. territories (P.R., the V.I., the C.N.M.I., American Samoa, and the Republic of Palau). Heather received her Master’s degree in Energy Regulation and Law (magna cum laude) from Vermont Law School (VLS). At VLS she worked as a research associate at the Institute for Energy & the Environment focusing on biomass sustainability for the State of Vermont. Previously, she worked in both the Hawaii State House and Senate, and for the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative. Heather received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, from The University of Hawaii at Mānoa. In her free time, you can usually find her writing, hiking or rock climbing.

Phone: (919) 515-0352

Ethan Case
Policy Analyst


Ethan Case joined the NC Clean Energy Technology Centeras a Policy Analyst in 2014. In addition to managing the NC Clean Tech Center’s wind energy program, Ethan authors DSIRE’s content for FL, GA, HI, KY, OH, SC, TN, and WV. Before joining the Center, Ethan worked for two solar companies, nonprofits advancing climate and environmental policy, and consulted for businesses and nonprofits. Ethan holds a B.A. from Davidson College and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Ethan makes time for riding bikes, creating and eating delicious food, and traveling to far-off places.

Phone: (919) 515-5689

Kate Daniel
Policy Analyst

Kate Daniel joined the NC Clean Energy Technology Center in August 2014 as a Policy Analyst and is primarily working on DSIRE. She authors DSIRE’s content for AK, AZ, ID, OR, and WA. Kate has a Master’s of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, where she focused on energy policy and related topics such as clean energy financing, energy markets, and electricity rates. She previously worked in public sector consulting, providing research and analysis to federal government clients on regulatory impact analyses, natural resource damage assessments, program evaluations, and financial assessments. Kate also has a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Tufts University. She is an avid long-distance runner and also enjoys hiking, backpacking, skiing, pottery, and dance.

Phone: (919) 515-4382

Benjamin Inskeep
Policy Analyst


Benjamin Inskeep joined the NC Clean Energy Technology Center in 2014 as a Policy Analyst and is currently working on the DSIRE project and the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership. He authors DSIRE’s content for CO, IA, MO, NE, and NM. Before joining the Center in June 2014, Ben researched the role of public policy in overcoming psychological barriers to energy and water conservation at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He also previously worked in energy research and analysis for the Environmental Defense Fund at the Town of Cary and the Office of Sustainability at Indiana University. Ben completed his B.S. in Psychology, Master of Public Affairs, and Master of Science in Environmental Science degrees at Indiana University in Bloomington. When he’s not nerding out to energy policy, Ben enjoys hiking and photographing the untrammeled American wilderness.

Phone: (919) 515-5875

Jim Kennerly
Senior Policy Analyst

Jim Kennerly is a Senior Policy Analyst who joined the NC Clean Energy Technology Center’s Energy Policy team in May 2013. He authors DSIRE’s content for AL, AR, LA, KS, MS, MT, NV, OK, TX, UT, and WY. He recently led the nationwide upgrading of DSIRE’s energy efficiency resource standard (EERS) policy entries. Jim’s research on energy policy and economics, utility regulation, and rate design has been featured by Greentech Media, Utility Dive, Fast Co.Exist, CleanTechnica, ThinkProgress, Electricity Policy, the U.S. Department of Energy and two of its national laboratories, and a wide variety of other national and local media outlets and non-governmental organizations. Prior to working at the Center, Jim worked at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, where he played a major role in successfully preserving North Carolina’s key clean energy policies, and at ICF International, where he served as a consultant to the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.

Jim received a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Oberlin College. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, and a graduate of the Institute of Public Utilities/National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners’ (IPU/NARUC) Utility Rate School. He enjoys music festivals, playing guitar, traveling, and spending time with his wife and dog Elton.

Phone:  (919) 513-0792

Autumn Proudlove
Policy Analyst


Autumn Proudlove is a Policy Analyst at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, joining the Energy Policy team in January 2014. She works on DSIRE and leads the Center’s work on the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership. Autumn authors DSIRE’s content for MA, ME, NH, and VT. Autumn received her Master’s degree in Energy Regulation and Law, summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School (VLS). While at VLS, Autumn worked for the school’s Institute for Energy and the Environment, examining solar soft cost reduction opportunities as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Plug and Play Solar PV project. Autumn received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Economics, from Dartmouth College in 2012. She enjoys traveling, playing piano and saxophone, skiing, and hiking with her dog, Beauregard.

Phone: (919) 515-8118

Achyut Shrestha
Policy Analyst


Achyut Shrestha joined the NC Clean Energy Technology Center in 2014 as a Policy Analyst. He is currently working on DSIRE. Achyut authors DSIRE’s content for CT, DE, NY, MD, NJ, PA, RI, VA, and Washington, DC. His field of interest lies in energy policy, energy markets, smart grids and energy poverty. Achyut holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Physics from Hampshire College and a Master’s Degree (magma cum laude) in Energy Regulation and Law from Vermont Law School (VLS). At his previous work as a research associate at VLS, he analyzed the Smart Grid development in Denmark and researched legal and regulatory frameworks for different urban microgrids in the United States. As an intern at World Resources Institute (WRI), Achyut worked on a project to assess ratepayer-funded industrial energy efficiency programs.

Phone: (919) 515-0341