Photo of David O'Connor

David O'Connor is Senior Vice President for Energy & Clean Technology for ML Strategies and is based in the firm’s Boston office. He helps energy and technology companies expand their markets and accelerate their growth. With deep knowledge of the energy industry and environmental issues, David helps these companies shape emerging public policies to their advantage. His clients include companies that deliver energy-efficiency services; develop wind, biomass, and other renewable power plants; install transmission and smart grid technologies; and bring new low-carbon fuels and offsets to the marketplace.

On June 20, Mintz Levin and ML Strategies were thrilled to host Gina McCarthy, former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator under President Obama. McCarthy was the featured speaker at the Alliance for Business Leadership “Progressive Power Hour” held in our Boston office. During the course of the hour, McCarthy shared her optimism for the environmental progress state and local governments can make and emphasized the role businesses can play in serving the public good. To learn more about the event, read on!

Continue Reading Event Recap: Mintz Levin Hosts Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

Upcoming Event: Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Speaks at Mintz Levin

Mintz Levin and ML Strategies are thrilled to be hosting Gina McCarthy, former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator under President Obama, in our Boston office on June 20. McCarthy will be the featured speaker at the Alliance for Business Leadership “Progressive Power Hour” from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

With the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, questions are swirling about what this means for the environment, the economy, and our standing in the world. Alongside her four years as EPA Administrator, McCarthy has held lead environmental roles as a public official in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Boston native has served as an environmental advisor to five Massachusetts governors. Her unique perspective will bring valuable insight into what can and should be done at the state level over the next few years.

We look forward to hosting McCarthy and our guests for what is sure to be an engaging conversation!

The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is hosting hearings across the Commonwealth to gather input on clean energy and climate change. Launched by Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton), the “MA Clean Energy Future Tour” began its nine-stop tour on May 8 and will end on June 26 in Boston. To learn more about this tour, read on!

Continue Reading Senate “MA Clean Energy Future Tour” Continues Across the Commonwealth

Join us in our Boston office on March 29 at noon for a business luncheon hosted by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) entitled, “Why Clean Energy Will Win: Technologies That Can Change The World.” Panelists, noted below, will discuss their thoughts on the future of clean energy as well as provide information about their companies and technologies.

Moderator:

  • Dan Goldman, E2 co-founder

Panelists:

  • Tom Pincince, President & CEO, Digital Lumens
  • Ben Polito, President & CEO, Pika Energy
  • Jed Swan, CEO, 7AC Technologies

For more information and to register, click here.

Earlier this year, Massachusetts passed legislation that will require the state’s distribution utilities to purchase carbon-free electricity from hydropower and on and offshore wind farms under long-term contracts for up to 30% of the state’s electricity supply. Despite opposition from incumbent generators and large consumers over concerns that the bill would interfere with market competition, Democratic legislators found common ground with Republican Governor Charlie Baker to enact historic “clean energy” legislation that will transform the fuels used to generate the state’s power while significantly reducing its carbon-footprint. To learn more, read on!

Continue Reading Carbon Reduction Reshapes a Regional Electricity Market

After ending formal sessions in July, Massachusetts lawmakers will convene in informal sessions for the remainder of the year, and no controversial legislative matters are expected to pass during this time.

Below ML Strategies presents its forecast and analysis of the key developments to expect in Massachusetts on energy-related matters for the remainder of this year and into the 2017-2018 legislative session. The complete forecast, which covers a wider array of topics, can be read here. To learn more about Massachusetts’ energy forecast, read on!

Continue Reading Massachusetts Energy Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond

Last Sunday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromise energy bill to significantly increase electricity produced by renewable energy sources. The state’s utilities will be required to purchase power from on and offshore wind farms, as well as power from hydroelectric dams located largely in Canada. Governor Baker is expected sign the bill in short order, as he has strongly supported purchasing imports of clean energy. To learn more about this bill, read on!

Continue Reading Massachusetts Legislature Passes Compromise Energy Bill

On Monday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a solar energy bill into law that increases the statewide limits on the amount of solar capacity that will qualify for net metering, but also lowers the value of net metering credits for large-scale projects. The bill, which was recommended last week by a joint legislative committee formed to reconcile differences between the separate House and Senate proposals, is the culmination of five months of negotiations between the chambers. The controversial bill passed the House and Senate last week by large majorities.  For more on this legislation and what it means for solar energy development in Massachusetts, read on!

Continue Reading Governor Baker Signs Controversial Solar Legislation

On Thursday, September 10, The New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) hosted its third annual Legislative Roundup. The event brought together clean energy advocates and technology developers from around the Northeast to discuss the region’s latest policies and their impact on residents, businesses, and other key entities. The panel presentation, moderated by NECEC President Peter Rothstein and NECEC VP of Policy and Government Affairs Janet Gail Besser, included Jeff Marks of E2Tech, Kate Epsen of the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association, Gabrielle Stebbins of Renewable Energy Vermont, as well as Dan Bosley and Sue AnderBois, both of NECEC. Read below for a look at the latest in regional energy policy trends:

Continue Reading Legislative Roundup on Energy from the New England States

On August 24, President Obama directed the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to allow homeowners to purchase and refinance properties with Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans when those loans are subordinated to an FHA-insured mortgage.  He announced this new policy in his keynote address at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada. The President said he hopes his initiatives will bring clean energy to households nationwide. By allowing homeowners to make renewable energy improvements on their homes and gradually pay them off through property taxes, PACE can unlock renewable and efficient upgrades for millions of homeowners. To learn more about the President’s action, the PACE program, and the possibilities for its future, read more below:

Continue Reading Federal Housing Administration Move on PACE Showcases Program’s Possible Impact