Join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a series of student-only virtual discussions with David Hill, CGEP Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, and Cheryl LaFleur, CGEP Distinguished Visiting Research Scholar, addressing current energy topics from a policy and legal perspective. These scholars have extensive private sector and public sector experience and will discuss with students a variety of energy policy topics concerning decarbonization of the power sector, electricity markets, and prospects for significant climate-related policy action in 2021. 

Each session will be highly interactive, with a majority of the time devoted to discussion among the participants. Upon registration, students will receive a list of articles or other materials to review prior to the session.

Our first session will be hosted by David Hill. Our second session, scheduled for Tuesday, March 16 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT, will be hosted by Cheryl LaFleur. Both scholars will co-host our third and final session on Monday, April 5 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT.



David Hill

David R. Hill is an adjunct senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Independent System Operator and has an energy consulting firm in Princeton, NJ. 

From 2012 to 2018, Mr. Hill was Executive Vice President & General Counsel of NRG Energy, Inc., where he was responsible for the company’s legal, regulatory, environmental, and government affairs matters. He also served as EVP & GC of NRG Yield, Inc. from 2012 to 2018.

Prior to joining NRG, Mr. Hill was a partner and co-head of the energy practice at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, DC. From 2005 to 2009 he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy, and for three years before that was DOE’s Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hill was a partner at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C., and at Blackwell Sanders in Kansas City, Missouri.

He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Northwestern University Law Review.


Cheryl A. LaFleur

Cheryl A. LaFleur is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy, focusing primarily on the adaptation of the electric and natural gas sectors to the challenges of climate change. LaFleur also serves on the Board of Directors of ISO New England, the organization that plans and operates the power system and administers wholesale electricity markets for New England. 

Previously, LaFleur was one of the longest-serving commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), nominated by President Obama in 2010 and serving until 2019. She served as Chairman from 2014-15 and as Acting Chairman from 2013-14 and during 2017. During a decade of change in the nation's energy industry, power supply, and political leadership, she helped FERC respond to challenges and opportunities across the electric, natural gas, and oil sectors.

Prior to joining FERC, LaFleur had more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the electric and natural gas industry, including as executive vice president and acting CEO of National Grid USA. She began her career as an attorney at Ropes and Gray in Boston. She has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an A.B. from Princeton University.