About PACE

Formed in January 2009, The Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) is an organization devoted to fighting for fair and responsible energy policies. The group’s commentary and perspective has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Hill, and the National Journal.

PACE believes that the national conversation about the future of energy must include discussions about the cost of energy choices, as well as their benefits. In the end, it is America’s working families and businesses that pay for the energy future we create today. That future must be affordable.

Working with policy makers on the federal, state, and local levels and with affiliates and supporters nationwide, PACE is helping to shape conversations about our shared energy future.

Executive Director

Laura SchepisLAURA SCHEPIS, a veteran of energy advocacy, began her tenure as PACE Executive Director on July 1, 2017.

During her two decades of experience on the federal level, she quarterbacked federal lobbying efforts on cybersecurity, disaster recovery, and telecommunications and contributed to efforts on many other issues, including transportation appropriations, commodity trading rules, energy efficiency and renewable energy standards.

Schepis also designed and led national grassroots and political campaigns for electric utilities on climate change.

After practicing law in Georgia, Schepis relocated to Washington, DC, in 2000. There, she worked for the National Association of Development Organizations, the American Public Gas Association, and the American Public Power Association.

For three years, Schepis served as Vice President of Political Affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, where she led national messaging and political strategy on priority issues and presidential campaigns, designed and executed NRECA’s first significant presence at national political conventions, and delivered 1.2 million public comments to EPA on the Clean Power Plan.

Laura Schepis lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter.