Senior Consultant
Andrew Solfest

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Andrew Solfest

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Andrew Solfest supports transportation and building electrification projects involving the use of E3’s EVGrid and RESTORE models. Andrew previously worked with Xcel Energy’s energy efficiency and renewables team, administering Midwest community solar programs, coordinating project development, and helping institutional and residential customers achieve their clean energy goals. Prior to joining E3, Andrew completed an M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University, where he researched decarbonization pathways for the United States and developing nations.

Andrew was drawn to E3 for its data-driven approach to solving energy and environmental issues, and for its reputation of providing detailed analyses considering both social and economic factors. Andrew is passionate about addressing climate change through deep decarbonization and views it as a core equity concern which requires balanced input and good-faith collaboration from all sectors.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending time outdoors and studying languages and history. When unable to indulge his love for international travel, he occupies his free time by trying out new recipes.

Education: MPA, Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University; BSB, Marketing, and BA, History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


New York City Long-Term Energy Plan | New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice, 2022-2023

E3 led a team completing an inclusive, year-long study to identify the policies and programs needed to achieve the New York City’s decarbonization goals. E3’s analysis involved both examining policies and programs to meet the city’s long-term goals as well as providing specific recommendations for actions to be taken during the current administration. The study included eight research branches focused on the performance and cost of heat pumps in new buildings; the affordability of electrification retrofits in rent-regulated housing; the opportunities for electric school bus managed charging and vehicle-to-grid; the potential for in-city wind energy; a screening of public lands for new clean energy development; an assessment of the electric grid readiness for increasing heat pump and EV charging loads; and an evaluation of how bulk energy storage could reduce reliance on in-city fossil generation. Based on E3’s study, New York City published PowerUp NYC, the city’s first Long-Term Energy Plan, which includes 29 clean energy initiatives focused on the city’s energy grid, its buildings, and its transportation sector. Many aspects of the PowerUp NYC, from research topic selection to recommendations, were developed in collaboration with the public, and with the public’s interest at the forefront of the decision-making process. The recommendations of the LTEP are aligned with long-term energy and equity policy mandates from both the city and state and revolve around the needs of NYC residents.

Read the detailed project description.