Enjoy our new interview series, “Dialogue with Dave”. Dave Rinebolt, executive director of OPAE, sits down with experts in the energy industry and leaders in safety net programs available for underserved Ohioans.

Join Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy’s Executive Director, Dave Rinebolt, for our first of a series of interviews with energy professionals and experts in improving the lives of underserved Ohioans.

Episode 1 is an interview with journalist and author, Kathiann Kowalski. Ms. Kowalski is a regularly featured reporter for the Energy News Network. Discussions include regulated vs. deregulated utilities, pro-active PIPP solutions, how renewables can help in low-income areas, and more. Ms. Kowalski’s comments and explanations are being made as a journalistic observer of the industry.

Join Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy’s Executive Director, Dave Rinebolt, for our first of a series of interviews with energy professionals and experts in improving the lives of underserved Ohioans.

Episode 1 is an interview with journalist and author, Kathiann Kowalski. Ms. Kowalski is a regularly featured reporter for the Energy News Network. Discussions include regulated vs. deregulated utilities, pro-active PIPP solutions, how renewables can help in low-income areas, and more. Ms. Kowalski’s comments and explanations are being made as a journalistic observer of the industry.


In our third episode of “Dialogue with Dave”, we talk with Katrina Metzler, Executive Director, National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC). The NEUAC highlights the energy needs of low-income households and advocates for policies and programs to help reduce their energy burdens.

Topics include:

  • PIPP and the importance to increase intake as moratoriums are lifted;
  • How eligibility messaging can be tweaked to encourage hand-raisers;
  • Water and how do we integrate water programs into the overall utility-assistance portfolio of programs for underserved communities