Nicole Steele

Senior Advisor, Energy Justice & Workforce
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Nicole Steele is a nationally recognized leader and expert in clean energy with a focus on frontline communities and workforce development. She has 20 years of experience working with government officials, policymakers, advocates, and entrepreneurs to develop and implement inclusive clean energy policies and programs. She is currently the Senior Advisor on Energy Justice and Workforce for the Solar Energy Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy and the head of the National Community Solar Partnership. She was the founding executive director of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, policy director at the Alliance to Save Energy, and ran the EECBG program for Loudoun County Virginia. She started her career in affordable housing, community planning, and politics. She is an AmeriCorps alumni and passionate supporter of community service.

07 Oct
 - 09:45 Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Panel Discussion

This panel is designed to elaborate on one of the most important issues the industry can grapple with now: how do we ensure that the transition to low carbon power is just, inclusive and brings communities along for the ride.

  • Sharing the huge amounts of wealth which will be generated and providing high-value, skilled jobs
  • Enabling communities reliant on the fossil economy to benefit from the transition
  • Leaving communities with power assets that don’t devalue the environment or have a negative impact on the local flora and fauna
  • Intentionally planning for a diverse workforce