Energy Transition New York

Why this blog?

The energy transition industry is changing every day. New innovations, failed innovations, battery breakthrough and fossil fuel fluctuations. In this blog Valerie and me try to combine the news around electric vehicles and microgrids in North America, with a special focus on the U.S. east coast region. Through this blog we try to make sense of the progress the EV and Microgrid market are making for both an US and European audience. 

Valerie is relatively new to the Cleantech field, however is a U.S. business development expert. Myself, I am new to the U.S. and its market dynamics, but have a good sense how electric vehicles and microgrid are going to develop. 

I hope you enjoy our East Coast Electric and Energy Transition New York blog. 

Tim Kreukniet

About Tim Kreukniet:

By setting up the Dutch Organization for Electric Transport, Tim quickly became an electric vehicle expert. He is able to listen carefully to others perspective and places it in the bigger Energy Transition scheme, in order to help all parties involved to move forward. Before starting Energy Transition Group, Tim worked for DOET and Qurrent, and helped numerous companies and governments with their electric vehicle and microgrid questions. Tim holds a B.A. from Maastricht University and MsC from the Vrije Universiteit.

About Valerie Varco:

Valerie Varco joins Energy Transition with extensive experience helping start-ups and social enterprises craft their message, improve processes, develop strategy, and find partners. She specializes in business planning and implementation, communications strategy and branding, stakeholder development, and social impact assessment.

In addition to her business planning and branding expertise, Valerie is extremely knowledgable about the local context and start-up environment in the US which will be useful in setting up East Coast Electric, Energy Transition's pilot program, in the US. She comes to Energy Transition from the We See Beauty Foundation where she created the business plan for their signature pilot program, a worker-owned cooperative to benefit women from low-income neighborhoods, in Brooklyn, New York. .

While in graduate school, Valerie consulted with a number of NYC-based startups on market expansion and business strategy. She is actively engaged in NYC’s start-up scene and has participated in events like Strategy Hack and Amplify Good’s Summer Takeover as a marketing and brand advisor to help start-ups accelerate their growth.

A native of Colorado, Valerie earned her Bachelors of Arts in History from Colorado State University and her Masters of Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

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