As Director of IREC’s Regulatory Program, Sara Baldwin Auck develops and oversees IREC’s national regulatory engagement strategy on distributed energy resource policies, in coordination with IREC’s regulatory team. Sara is a co-author of IREC’s Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers , a contributing author to Optimizing the Grid: A Regulator’s Guide to Hosting Capacity Analyses and led the development of the first-of-its-kind National Scorecard for State Shared Renewable Energy . On behalf of IREC, Sara serves on the Advisory Board of Grid Lab. Prior to joining IREC, Sara was a Senior Policy Associate for Utah Clean Energy, where she directed and implemented strategic clean energy policy and regulatory efforts in Utah and served on the Utah Governor’s 10-Year Energy Initiative, Energy & Environment Subcommittee. Sara was named an “Innovator and Influencer” by Solar Power World in 2017 and one of “Utah’s Enlightened 50″ by the Community Foundation of Utah in 2012. Sara is also the host of the Grid Geeks podcast.