The Energy Policy Podcast is a resource for state policy makers. Every two weeks, we examine a different area of advanced energy policy development for states to consider including: regulatory structures, trends in new technological advancements and other issues to assist in the of crafting advanced energy policy to stimulate innovation, investment and advanced energy deployment. 

The Energy Policy Podcast is a production of the  Center for the New Energy Economy. 


The Hosts of the Energy Policy Podcast are policy and industry veterans Tom Plant and Jeff Lyng.

Tom Plant

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Tom served as a state legislator in Colorado from 1999-2007.  During that time he was an leader on energy policy development as well as serving as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and the Joint Budget Committee.  

In 2007, he was appointed Cabinet Energy Secretary by Governor Bill Ritter to lead the state's energy office and help develop what Governor Ritter termed a "New Energy Economy" for the state.  

Today, Tom works with Jeff Lyng and Governor Ritter at the Center for the New Energy Economy as a Senior Energy Advisor.

Jeff Lyng

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Jeff Lyng joins the Center for the New Energy Economy from Opower where he directed the company’s market development and regulatory affairs in the Western US. Prior to joining Opower, Jeff served as Renewable Energy Policy Manager in the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office in the Administration of Governor Bill Ritter advising on energy policy and managing several state energy programs. Before joining the Governors Energy Office, Jeff was an engineer for Xcel Energy where he consulted on demand side management and solar programs.

Mr. Lyng earned his Master’s degree in Building Systems Engineering from the University of Colorado where his thesis work focused on implementing solar energy in the production home market. While a graduate student, he managed the winning 2005 University of Colorado Solar Decathlon Team. Jeff has served on the boards of Xcel Energy’s Innovative Clean Technologies Program, the Colorado Energy Services Coalition, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society and is the past Board Chair of the American Solar Energy Society. 

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