Brian Lips
Senior Project Manager for Policy


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 CA, DC, DE, GA, HI, MD, MN, NC, NV, OH, OR, SC, VA, WA, and WV. 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 regarding third-party sales of electricity. 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.

Phone: (919) 515-3954


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, ID, LA, MA, ME, MS, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, PA, RI, SD, TN, UT, VT, and WY. 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 classical piano, skiing, and hiking with her dog, Beauregard.

Phone: (919) 515-8118

David Sarkisian

Senior Policy Analyst

David Sarkisian joined the Center as a Policy Analyst in 2015. He is currently working on DSIRE, managing the entries for the following states: CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, NE, NM, NY, OK, TX, and WI. 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’s field of interest includes energy efficiency, smart grids, behavioral effects on energy use, and administrative law. He has previously worked with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor developing smart grid policy. He has also interned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where his work included analyzing regulatory innovation projects and developing recognition-based incentive programs.

Phone: (919) 513-0995