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Feb 6 / BARD CEP

Alumni Internship: Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition – Virginia

*If you want more information about this BCEP graduate’s internship experience or want to get in touch with a student/alum, please contact Caroline Ramaley at ramaley@bard.edu.

Organization: Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition

Location: Reston, Virginia

Student Name and Class Year:  Anne Lapera, 2015

Organization description: VAEIC promotes policies that support open markets for clean and secure advanced energy technologies in order to create jobs and position Virginia as a magnet for talent and innovation in the advanced energy sector. VAEIC represents the leading clean, advanced energy technologies with an economic interest in Virginia and a passion for a sustainable future.   Utilizing our coalition’s commercial and political strength and deploying our collective capabilities, we are building an inexorable momentum that will – over time – enable a transformation of the Virginia energy landscape.

One year since inception, VAEIC has achieved very significant success in the following areas: political, legislative, policy and communications.  VAEIC predecessor, the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries PAC, i) raised over $85 thousand; ii) hosted and funded a significant fundraiser for candidate McAuliffe; iii) conducted a broad media campaign including videos and OpEds from Virginia advanced energy business leaders; and iv) began the process of building a strong coalition.  After Governor McAuliffe’s election, we transitioned Virginia Advanced Energy Industries to function as a trade group and a platform for policy education, coordination and advocacy.

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