Senior Strategy Engineer
Mark Kapner, P.E., currently the Senior Strategy Engineer at Austin Energy was the utilityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Manager of Conservation and Renewable Energy since 1999. He was instrumental in developing and running AustinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s GreenChoice Program, the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leading renewable energy marketing program. Kapner also helped to launch Plug-In Partners, the Austin Energy-lead campaign to persuade the automobile industry to build plug-in hybrid vehicles. He has 30 years of experience in energy technology and environmental engineering and policy. Prior to coming to Austin, Kapner launched TerraSolar USA, a solar photovoltaics company based in New Jersey. He was a research and development manager in the New York Power Authority where he developed demonstration projects in energy storage, biomass energy, solar, and cogeneration. Kapner spent ten years as a consultant to federal government agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency. He has a BS in Engineering Science from the State University of New York and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.