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Founder: Karen Schaufeld
Karen Schaufeld founded Powered by Facts in 2015 to advocate for the growth of renewable energy in Virginia, the creation of a more secure and stable grid through distributed energy and the protection of Virginia ratepayers in terms of their rights to a variety of clean energy sources, right to fair and competitive energy pricing and access to information about all types of energy available in Virginia. A main tenet of Powered by Facts is to ensure that ratepayers are aware of current and proposed energy policy for the Commonwealth.
Schaufeld’s advocacy stems from the fact that when she tried to install a ground-mounted solar array on a field of her Virginia farm that was unfit for agricultural uses, she found that she was prohibited from doing so by state statute. This prompted her to tap into her experience as a lawyer to create what she felt were more solar and renewable energy “friendly” statutes, which she shared with Virginia lawmakers prior to the 2016 General Assembly.
After her work with Virginia lawmakers and others that year, she was asked to join a bi-partisan consensus-building cohort made up of representatives from energy companies, solar advocacy organizations, utility firms, energy education groups and others. This group, known as the “Rubin Group,” meets regularly to discuss energy policy and work to advance Virginia legislation to include more renewable energy.
In addition to her work on Powered by Facts, Schaufeld is a trustee of Lehigh University, the founder of 100WomenStrong and All Ages Read Together and co-founder and CEO of Altor Locks. She serves on the boards of Middleburg Film Festival, PeaceWorks Foundation, and Venture Philanthropy Partners. She is a published author and earned her Bachelor’s degrees in English and Government from Lehigh University and her J.D. from George Washington University.