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Brian Lips
Energy Policy Project Coordinator

Brian Lips is an Energy Policy Project Coordinator for the Center. He manages the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE). In addition to coordinating and overseeing the project’s research, federal contract, and budget, Brian also authors DSIRE’s content for seven states. Brian also serves as the Center’s expert on North Carolina policy and has assisted the N.C. Department of Revenue with the state’s tax credit for renewable energy property, and has spoken in Special Committee sessions of the N.C. General Assembly. Brian joined the Center in 2006 and has served in various capacities with the DSIRE project before becoming the manager of the project in 2013. Brian received a degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, with a focus in Energy and Environmental Science.  Email:

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Oscar Llama
Clean Power & Indistrial Efficinecy Extension Specialist

Oscar joined the Center as an extension specialist with the clean power and industrial efficiency team. His previous industry experience began in 2011 at Intertek Westport Technology Center, where he worked as a Project Manager for multiple energy-related studies. In 2015, he joined Occidental Petroleum as a Reservoir Engineer responsible for developing and evaluating energy projects in West Texas. Taking advantage of a long-time promise to move closer to family in North Carolina, he joined the Center in 2017 to continue his life-passion of learning about energy technologies with a greater appreciation for the conservation of our planet. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.