June 6, 2012
New DC Firm Focuses on Crossroads of Energy and Innovation
By Peter Gardett, AOL Energy
The energy sector is one of the most regulated in the US, and at the same time, one of the most innovative industries in the world.
Amid a tidal wave of change wrought by IT, communications technology, engineering advances and huge economic shifts the energy business has not just managed to keep the lights on and transport moving – it has launched thousands upon thousands of megawatts of new energy generation technologies and changed the outlook for one of the world’s fundamental sources of development and growth.
But fostering innovation isn’t a job that ends, and to protect and promote the unique conditions by which energy professionals can continue to do their jobs a group of four Washington, DC-based professionals have launched a government relations, strategic communications and public policy advocacy shop focused on the intersection of energy and innovation.
Spinning off from famed K Street firm QGA Public Affairs (formerly Quinn Gillespie Associates), the new partnership of Patrick Von Bargen, Katherine Hamilton, Allyson Groff and Jeff Cramer constitutes the core of their newly launched firm 38 North Solutions. The new group will maintain a strategic partnership with QGA Chairman Jack Quinn and President John Feehery.