Peter Funk Leads Panel on Energy Efficiency Financing

NEW YORK, NY (May 1, 2018) — Energy attorney Peter V.K. Funk, Jr. moderated a program at the New York City Bar Association, Energy Efficiency Financing: Policy Landscape and Practical Solutions, that provided an overview of the current policies of New York State and City regulatory landscape for implementing and financing energy efficiency projects. 

The keynote speakers and panel of experts (see below) discussed key sources of funds for financing energy efficiency projects today, major challenges encountered, and solutions from the perspectives of borrowers and project sponsors, property managers, lenders and others.

Keynote speakers:

  • Janet Joseph, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Market Development, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Topic: the role of energy efficiency financing in New York State’s recent energy efficiency initiatives
  • Mark Chambers, Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability. Topic: policies and programs that enhance the near and long-term sustainability of New York City


  • Marcelo Rouco, CEO/Founder, Ecosave, a leading ESCO operating in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Developer’s and borrower’s perspective on energy efficiency financing
  • Susan Leeds, CEO, New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC). Lender’s perspective on energy efficiency financing
  • Kelly Dougherty, Director of Energy Management, First Service Residential, a large U.S. property management company. Property manager’s perspective on implementing efficiency strategies for a portfolio of more the 500 multi-family residential properties
  • Alex Buell, Department Manager of Strategy & Planning, Con Edison, Energy Efficiency and Demand Management. Utility perspective on energy efficiency financing

Peter Funk is an energy attorney whose energy and utility practice encompasses comprehensive handling of renewable energy, cogeneration and energy conservation, energy efficiency and demand response projects. Engagements have included private and public on-site cogeneration, intervention in utility rate cases, representing parties before the NYS Public Service Commission and handling disputes with utilities; metering, energy management, energy storage and data centers as well as solar, biomass and biogas installations, waste-to-energy and the financing of energy projects.

Funk is co-founder of the energy law boutique Funk & Zeifer LLP based in New York City.