Robert Kappelmann is the principal energy and environmental policy consultant with RLK Associates. Prior to entering the consulting field, he served as Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at JEA (Formally the Jacksonville Electric Authority). He has assisted clients in understanding the economic impacts of new energy and environmental legislative and regulatory initiatives on their utility operations. In addition, he has helped clients develop and implement strategies to deal with emerging issues such as the EPA’s NSR (new source review) initiative, the Reauthorization of the Clean Air Act and Climate Change. His clients include municipal and cooperative electric utilities providing electric power in 16 states. Trade Association Clients include: APPA, FMEA and the CPG.
Mr. Kappelmann has written numerous technical and policy papers on energy and environmental issues, including co-authoring the FACA policy paper on the integration of the 8 hour Ozone NAAQS, PM 2.5 NAAQS and Regional Haze requirements.
Mr. Kappelmann was Environmental Manager for Plains Electric G&T in Albuquerque New Mexico. He has led successful NSR permitting efforts for new electric generation facilities in both New Mexico and Florida.
Mr. Kappelmann is past Chairman of the American Public Power Association’s Energy and Clean Air Taskforce. He also is a past Chairman of the Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group’s Environmental Committee.
Mr. Kappelmann received a Bachelor of Science degree from Stetson University and completed undergraduate requirements in Chemical and Civil engineering and received a Master degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida. His graduate research area was in Atmospheric Photochemistry. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Florida. He is married and has two children.