Joseph Colaneri’s expertise spans government relations, association management, legislative and political analysis, employee and corporate communications, and grassroots lobbying.
Dr. Colaneri has advised a wide variety of clients on renewable energy and alternative fuels project funding, tax policy, infrastructure legislation and health care policy. From his decades of experience in the energy industry, he has worked with virtually every major national oil , natural gas and renewable and alternative fuel stakeholder group.
Before joining AJW, Dr. Colaneri was a Public Affairs Director at Foley & Lardner LLP. He was a member of the Government & Public Policy and International Practices as well as the Energy Industry Team.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Colaneri has held a wide range of senior and executive-level roles across various energy companies, trade associations, and government offices. In these positions, he has played an integral part in the congressional debate on national energy policy.
During his time in government, Dr. Colaneri was instrumental in developing policy, responsible for drafting the Wind Energy Systems Act of 1980, which became Public Law 96-345. He has also worked extensively on energy tax provisions for liquefied petroleum gas (propane) motor vehicle fuel under the highway excise tax. In addition, Dr. Colaneri developed the initial energy tax provisions enacted in the omnibus energy legislation of 2005 that provided significant federal tax incentives for alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure.
His policy achievements while working for the private sector and industry groups include successfully lobbying for the permanent extension of the business energy tax incentives for geothermal energy production (enacted as part of the Energy Policy Act of 1992) and the reauthorization of TEA 21 – the highway bill.