Staff


Brian Lips
Senior Policy Project Manager

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Brian Lips is a Senior Energy Policy Project Manager 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 administration and research, Brian also authors DSIRE’s content for CA, DC, GA, HI, MN, NC, NV, SC, VA, and WV. Brian has assisted the N.C. Department of Revenue with the state’s tax credit for renewable energy property, has spoken in Special Committee sessions of the N.C. General Assembly regarding third-party sales of electricity, and spoken at innumerable conferences and webinars. Brian joined the Center in 2006 and 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 that his two young daughters loudly protest when he tries to play. “We want to hear Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (for the millionth time)!” “Not right now, but how about The Kinks?”

Phone: (919) 515-3954
Email: brian_lips@ncsu.edu


Autumn Proudlove
Senior Policy Program Director

Autumn Proudlove is the Senior Policy Program Director at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, joining the Energy Policy team in January 2014. Autumn leads the Center’s Energy Policy team and its DSIRE Insight subscription services, including the 50 States of Solar, 50 States of Grid Modernization, and 50 States of Electric Vehicles quarterly reports. She also contributes to DSIRE, authoring content for AK, AL, AR, AZ, CT, FL, LA, MA, ME, MS, ND, NH, NM, RI, SD, TN, and VT. Autumn has presented at numerous conferences and events, including NARUC Policy Summits, Solar Power International, and Solar Canada. Autumn previously served as Principal Investigator for the Center’s work on the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership. Autumn received her Master’s degree in Energy Regulation and Law, summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School and her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Economics, from Dartmouth College in 2012. She enjoys playing classical piano, painting, skiing, and playing with her two rescue dogs.

Phone: (919) 515-8118
Email: afproudl@ncsu.edu


David Sarkisian
Senior Policy Project Manager

David Sarkisian is a Senior Policy Project Manager at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center. He joined the Center’s Energy Policy Team in November 2015. David contributes to the 50 States of Solar, 50 States of Grid Modernization, and 50 States of Electric Vehicles reports and the team’s other DSIRE Insight subscription services. He also authors the DSIRE entries for CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, NE, OH, OK, TX, and WI. David manages the Policy Team’s work on community solar; he served as the Principal Investigator for the Community Solar for the Southeast Project and led the Center’s work on the Solar-Plus for Electric Cooperatives project. He has also worked as a SolSmart advisor. David received his B.A. in public policy from Duke University and completed a J.D. and a Master of Science in Environmental Science degree at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar. David enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, gardening, and volunteering at the local cat shelter.

Phone: (919) 513-0995
Email: dpsarkis@ncsu.edu


Meghann Papsdorf
Policy Analyst

Meghann Papsdorf is a Policy Analyst at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center. She conducts research and analysis for DSIRE, authoring content for: DE, ID, MD, MT, NJ, NY, OR, PA, UT, WA, and WY. Meghann received her JD with a Certificate in Energy, Innovation, and Sustainability Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2021. While in law school, Meghann examined updates to PURPA, state decarbonization plans, and environmental permitting. She previously interned for Oregon Solar + Storage Industries Association, Vestas-American Wind Technology, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Meghann received a B.S. in Sustainability, with a focus on Energy, Materials, and Technology, and a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University in 2018. She enjoys baking, playing cards, soccer, and hiking.

Email: mnpapsdo@ncsu.edu