JD, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
MEM, Yale School of the Environment, 2004
BA, Yale University, 2003


Columbus, OH


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Erica S. McConnell

Staff Attorney

Erica McConnell is a Staff Attorney at ELPC. She is based in Columbus and focuses on clean energy issues across the Midwest. Prior to joining ELPC, Erica was an attorney at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger and, before that, Keyes & Fox. Among other clients, Erica represented the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) in regulatory proceedings across the United States. Her areas of expertise include shared/community renewable energy, net metering, solar permitting, grid modernization, interconnection, and renewables integration. Before law school, Erica was a Program Associate at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, working on residential energy efficiency programs. Erica received her law degree from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of the Environment, and a bachelor’s degree in Ethics, Politics & Economics from Yale University. Erica enjoys spending time with her family, getting outdoors as much as possible, yoga, and baking.

What’s a place you love in the Midwest?

I love exploring my neighborhood in Columbus in all the seasons, but especially the spring when the dogwoods and other trees are blooming.

What drives you to do this work?

Climate change presents an existential threat, especially to those who are most vulnerable to its effects. I want to use my education, experience, and skills to help to address it, and ensure the planet is healthy and habitable for future generations.