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The History of Renewable Northwest

Founded in 1994, Renewable Northwest has grown to become one of the nation’s most impactful renewable energy advocacy organizations. Our strength comes from our members, a unique and powerful coalition of renewable energy professionals, energy buyers and marketers, ratepayer advocates, and environmental NGOs. Together, these groups contribute their respective talents towards the socially and environmentally responsible advancement of clean energy projects across our region.

To date we have supported state and regional policies that have brought the region over 9,400 MWs of new solar, wind and geothermal projects—enough to serve 2,000,000 customers. As renewables replace fossil fuels as the backbone of our nation’s electricity grid, the responsibility for integrating and balancing a much more diverse portfolio of clean energy resources will be ours to shoulder.

Join with Renewable Northwest and help us create the policy, regulatory and market frameworks necessary to ensure our communities benefit from the transition to an electricity sector powered solely by clean energy resources.

Our Mission

Our mission is to decarbonize the region by accelerating the transition to renewable electricity.

Our Vision

Our vision is for every home, business, and vehicle in the Northwest to be powered by renewable, affordable, carbon-free electricity.

Our People

  • Board
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    Mike Goetz

    Board Chair

    Mike Goetz is the Senior Policy and Regulatory Counsel for the NW Energy Coalition. Previously, Mike served as general counsel for Oregon’s residential utility consumer advocate for eight years, where his practice focused on utility regulatory matters before the Oregon Public Utility Commission. Prior to that role, Mike completed an Energy Law & Policy fellowship through the University of Oregon and worked as an attorney at various public interest non-profit organizations....Read more

    Mike Goetz is the Senior Policy and Regulatory Counsel for the NW Energy Coalition. Previously, Mike served as general counsel for Oregon’s residential utility consumer advocate for eight years, where his practice focused on utility regulatory matters before the Oregon Public Utility Commission. Prior to that role, Mike completed an Energy Law & Policy fellowship through the University of Oregon and worked as an attorney at various public interest non-profit organizations. Mike serves on the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Energy, Telecom, and Utilities section. Mike attended the University Of Oregon School Of Law, graduating with a J.D. and a certificate of completion in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and received a B.S. in Earth Systems, Environment & Society from the University of Illinois. In his free time, Mike enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest on skis, bicycle, and by foot.

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    Sarah Qureshi

    Board Secretary

    Sarah Qureshi is a dedicated clean energy professional. She currently serves as Sr. Director Policy with Plus Power. Previously she worked as Sr. Director Regulatory & Political Affairs at NextEra Energy Resources. Sarah began her career as a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre (NC) in Washington, D.C. and has also worked in U.S. Representative Judy Chu’s office (CA) as a legal fellow.
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    Sarah Qureshi is a dedicated clean energy professional. She currently serves as Sr. Director Policy with Plus Power. Previously she worked as Sr. Director Regulatory & Political Affairs at NextEra Energy Resources. Sarah began her career as a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre (NC) in Washington, D.C. and has also worked in U.S. Representative Judy Chu’s office (CA) as a legal fellow.
     
    Sarah is a member of the Maryland State Bar and received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Government.

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    Nora Apter

    At Large

    Nora Apter is Senior Program Director for Climate at the Oregon Environmental Council (OEC), where she leads policy development and coalition engagement to advance progress for climate and communities in Oregon. Nora joined OEC in March 2020 after eight years working on federal environmental policy in Washington, D.C.. Nora previously served as Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and as a legislative aide for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden....Read more

    Nora Apter is Senior Program Director for Climate at the Oregon Environmental Council (OEC), where she leads policy development and coalition engagement to advance progress for climate and communities in Oregon. Nora joined OEC in March 2020 after eight years working on federal environmental policy in Washington, D.C.. Nora previously served as Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and as a legislative aide for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. Nora holds a B.A. International Affairs and Economics from Lewis & Clark College in Portland. She also serves on a number of state and local government advisory committees, including the Oregon Climate Action Commission and Department of Environmental Quality's Equity Advisory Committee.

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    Bo Downen

    At Large

    Bo Downen is Director of Western State Affairs for the American Clean Power Association. In this capacity he oversees ACP’s legislative, regulatory and political affairs in the intermountain West and Pacific Northwest. Prior to ACP, Bo spent 15 years consensus-building among western electric utilities, tribal sovereigns, and state and federal agencies on behalf of public power in the Northwest to advance the long-term sustainability of the region’s power supply....Read more

    Bo Downen is Director of Western State Affairs for the American Clean Power Association. In this capacity he oversees ACP’s legislative, regulatory and political affairs in the intermountain West and Pacific Northwest. Prior to ACP, Bo spent 15 years consensus-building among western electric utilities, tribal sovereigns, and state and federal agencies on behalf of public power in the Northwest to advance the long-term sustainability of the region’s power supply. He served as a cabinet member to Montana Governor Steve Bullock representing the State of Montana on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council advising on regional power and energy efficiency needs and on environmental mitigation matters. Bo serves as a board member to Tainable Regenerative Agriculture, an Oregon non-profit working to address climate change through carbon sequestration. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Bo lives in the Flathead Valley of his home state of Montana.

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    Damien Hall

    At Large

    Damien Hall is a partner at Dunn Carney LLP, where he focuses his practice on utility-scale renewable energy projects, along with real estate, land use and urban development. Damien worked with clients on renewable energy facility siting, and has participated in local and state level rulemaking for utility scale photovoltaic solar energy generation projects in both Oregon and Washington....Read more

    Damien Hall is a partner at Dunn Carney LLP, where he focuses his practice on utility-scale renewable energy projects, along with real estate, land use and urban development. Damien worked with clients on renewable energy facility siting, and has participated in local and state level rulemaking for utility scale photovoltaic solar energy generation projects in both Oregon and Washington. His clients include solar project developers throughout the Northwest that operate utility-scale projects.  He is also deeply involved in the community. Damien recently served as co-chair of the governor’s Housing Production Advisory Council, making recommendations on how to dramatically increase housing production in Oregon. He was appointed by the Metro Council to the Metropolitan Exposition and Recreation Commission (MERC), which oversees the region’s visitor venues, including the Convention Center, Expo Center, and Portland’s performance arts venues. He is also on the Board of Directors for CareOregon, a nonprofit providing health plan services to four Coordinated Care Organizations, serving about 500,000 Oregonians.

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    Anne Hedges

    At Large

    Anne Hedges is Co-Director and Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Montana Environmental Information Center where she has worked for nearly three decades. MEIC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the land, air, water, and life-sustaining climate of Montana. MEIC advocates, educates, and empowers people in service of a clean and healthful environment for present and future generations....Read more

    Anne Hedges is Co-Director and Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Montana Environmental Information Center where she has worked for nearly three decades. MEIC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the land, air, water, and life-sustaining climate of Montana. MEIC advocates, educates, and empowers people in service of a clean and healthful environment for present and future generations. For the past two decades she has focused primarily on the climate crisis and the need for a swift and just transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.

    Anne received her B.S. in environmental policy analysis and planning from the University of California at Davis and a Master’s of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.

     

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    Nancy Kelly

    At Large

    Nancy Kelly is a Senior Policy Advisor in Western Resource Advocates’ Clean Energy Program. WRA is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water, and the Clean Energy Program seeks to reduce the environmental impact of electricity production in the Interior West....Read more

    Nancy Kelly is a Senior Policy Advisor in Western Resource Advocates’ Clean Energy Program. WRA is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water, and the Clean Energy Program seeks to reduce the environmental impact of electricity production in the Interior West. Nancy represents WRA in regulatory, political, and other policy forums, and works directly with the region’s electric utilities, regulatory staff, consumer advocates, and other conservation advocates. She has more than twenty years of electric industry experience, including fourteen years as a member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining WRA in 2008, Nancy advocated for Utah’s residential and small commercial customers. She began her professional career as an academic economist at Idaho State University where she served as a faculty member in the Department of Economics and as the economist in the local business bureau. Nancy’s educational background is in economics.

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    Eileen V. Quigley

    At Large

    Eileen V. Quigley is the Founding Executive Director of the Clean Energy Transition Institute, which aims to accelerate an equitable clean energy transition in the Northwest. ​Eileen led the team that produced the technical analysis for the Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy....Read more

    Eileen V. Quigley is the Founding Executive Director of the Clean Energy Transition Institute, which aims to accelerate an equitable clean energy transition in the Northwest. ​Eileen led the team that produced the technical analysis for the Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy. She is the author of several papers on clean energy solutions, including Meeting the Challenge of Our Time: Pathways to a Clean Energy Future in the Northwest.

    Eileen is a seasoned manager of for-profit and nonprofit businesses, and a former magazine and newspaper journalist and editor in Washington, DC and New York, NY. She co-taught a course on the clean energy transition at Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies, where she now serves on the Advisory Board. She also serves on the Board of Stockholm Environment Institute-US as well as the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

    Eileen received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University.

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    Mark Thompson

    At Large

    Mark Thompson is the Senior Director, State Affairs at Form Energy. Previously, Mark was a Commissioner at the Oregon Public Utility Commission, a legal practitioner on energy regulatory matters, and has worked in-house managing regulatory affairs and policy at NW Natural. Mark also served as Staff Counsel at the Public Power Council and has been involved in the region’s energy industry for the past 20 years....Read more

    Mark Thompson is the Senior Director, State Affairs at Form Energy. Previously, Mark was a Commissioner at the Oregon Public Utility Commission, a legal practitioner on energy regulatory matters, and has worked in-house managing regulatory affairs and policy at NW Natural. Mark also served as Staff Counsel at the Public Power Council and has been involved in the region’s energy industry for the past 20 years. Mark holds a degree in Conservation Biology from Brigham Young University, and a Law Degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. He resides in Tualatin, Oregon with his family.

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    Priya Sreedharan

    At Large

    Priya has been a program director with GridLab since May 2020 working to scale up GridLab’s efforts on electricity sector transformation. Drawing from a research and analysis foundation, she has held multiple technical leadership roles, and was most recently at the U.S....Read more

    Priya has been a program director with GridLab since May 2020 working to scale up GridLab’s efforts on electricity sector transformation. Drawing from a research and analysis foundation, she has held multiple technical leadership roles, and was most recently at the U.S. Agency for International Development–India for 5 years where she helped launch clean energy and air quality efforts, including India’s seminal Greening the Grid renewables integration study.

    Earlier, she was at Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) for 5 years, where she led some of the sector’s early studies on distributed energy resources, deep decarbonization, and air quality impacts; and initiated E3’s India efforts. Prior affiliations include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Integral Group.

    Priya has a PhD and MS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where she developed “data science” (Bayesian statistics and optimization) techniques for environmental sensing and energy efficiency diagnostics applications.

     

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    Abby Arnold

    At Large

    Bio coming soon

    Tim Miller

    At Large

    Tim Miller brings decades of executive, management, non-profit and Board experience to his work addressing the connected challenges of climate change and equity. As Director of Oregon Business for Climate, he brings the voice of forward-looking businesses to advance equitable, aggressive climate action in Oregon. Previously, Miller served as the CEO of Enhabit, a leading non-profit program that helped over 6,000 families improve the energy efficiency and health of their homes....Read more
    Tim Miller brings decades of executive, management, non-profit and Board experience to his work addressing the connected challenges of climate change and equity. As Director of Oregon Business for Climate, he brings the voice of forward-looking businesses to advance equitable, aggressive climate action in Oregon. Previously, Miller served as the CEO of Enhabit, a leading non-profit program that helped over 6,000 families improve the energy efficiency and health of their homes. Prior work includes strategic consulting for over 30 non-profits, agencies, and clean-tech companies, advancing sustainability and climate solutions, as well as high-tech and low-tech industry roles (at Intel, CitySearch, O’Neill, and others) in manufacturing and operations, marketing, sales, and general management. Tim also serves on the Board (formerly as Board Chair) of Climate Solutions, the Northwest’s leading equitable climate policy and advocacy organization, and previously on the Board (and as Board Chair) of Forth, a leading equity-focused transportation electrification organization. He earned his MBA and BA (economics), both with honors, from Stanford University. Read less

    Jennifer Gardner

    At Large

    Bio coming soon

    David Bobzien

    At Large

    Bio coming soon
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    Nicole Hughes

    Executive Director

    Nicole Hughes, Executive Director, joined the organization in 2018. She has over 20 years of experience in the renewable energy industry; including work in project development, construction, finance, permitting and policy for utility-scale wind and solar. Previously, she worked at AWS Truepower, HDR, Element Power, RES Americas, Tetra Tech, and The Bonneville Power Administration....Read more

    Nicole Hughes, Executive Director, joined the organization in 2018. She has over 20 years of experience in the renewable energy industry; including work in project development, construction, finance, permitting and policy for utility-scale wind and solar. Previously, she worked at AWS Truepower, HDR, Element Power, RES Americas, Tetra Tech, and The Bonneville Power Administration. Through her diverse background in the industry, Nicole has learned the importance of relationship and coalition building among diverse stakeholders to move the region towards a clean energy future. Nicole has served in a variety of board and volunteer positions working on issues related to support for individuals with disabilities, environmental conservation and energy issues. She currently serves on the board of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies. Nicole lives in Portland, OR with her husband and two kids and spends most of her free time recreating in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

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    Max Greene

    Deputy Director

    Max Greene joined Renewable Northwest in 2018 and currently serves as the organization's Deputy Director. He supervises work on regulatory matters such as utility resource planning and procurement and on policy matters including clean energy legislation and renewable energy siting. He is a member of various boards and committees including the Green-E Governance Board at the Center for Resource Solutions and the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Energy, Telecom & Utility Law Section....Read more

    Max Greene joined Renewable Northwest in 2018 and currently serves as the organization's Deputy Director. He supervises work on regulatory matters such as utility resource planning and procurement and on policy matters including clean energy legislation and renewable energy siting. He is a member of various boards and committees including the Green-E Governance Board at the Center for Resource Solutions and the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Energy, Telecom & Utility Law Section. Prior to his work at Renewable Northwest, Max worked as a staff attorney in the Providence, Rhode Island office of the Conservation Law Foundation. Max earned a B.A. from Carleton College and a J.D. from Roger Williams University. He clerked for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. You can find him running Portland-area trails or dragging his family on trips around the beautiful western U.S.

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    Adam Capage

    Outreach & Communications Director

    Adam Capage, our Outreach & Communications Director, joined Renewable Northwest in January of 2024. Adam will build stakeholder networks around key topical issues, with the goal of understanding policy positions of other organizations, while communicating Renewable Northwest’s policy positions and related technical knowledge. Adam’s twenty five-year career in the energy industry has included work in both the public and private sectors....Read more
    Adam Capage, our Outreach & Communications Director, joined Renewable Northwest in January of 2024. Adam will build stakeholder networks around key topical issues, with the goal of understanding policy positions of other organizations, while communicating Renewable Northwest’s policy positions and related technical knowledge. Adam’s twenty five-year career in the energy industry has included work in both the public and private sectors. He began his career at the Colorado Energy Office and was most recently the Vice President of the Market Intelligence Team at 3Degrees; this role included oversight of competitive intelligence and regulatory affairs. Adam has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Adam has been learning to play the drums for several years - one day he and his wife both hope he plays outside their basement in Portland, Oregon. Read less
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    Diane Brandt

    Markets & Transmission Director

    As the Markets & Transmission Director, Diane Brandt works on and follows regional conversations, planning bodies, and other regulatory spaces around the evolving regional electricity markets and efforts to modernize the region’s electricity grid. Diane started with Renewable NW in 2021 working on Oregon policy and was most recently the Oregon State Director. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Diane moved back to Oregon in 2018 after working internationally for nearly two decades where she worked in foreign policy for 13 years in the U.S....Read more
    As the Markets & Transmission Director, Diane Brandt works on and follows regional conversations, planning bodies, and other regulatory spaces around the evolving regional electricity markets and efforts to modernize the region’s electricity grid. Diane started with Renewable NW in 2021 working on Oregon policy and was most recently the Oregon State Director. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Diane moved back to Oregon in 2018 after working internationally for nearly two decades where she worked in foreign policy for 13 years in the U.S. State Department as a Career Foreign Service Officer. Her postings included stints in the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, India, and Saudi Arabia where her portfolios included everything from political and public affairs to travel visas and American citizen services. Prior to joining the State Department, Diane taught sciences in the United States and internationally. Her undergraduate studies were at the University of Washington in Zoology, Spanish Language and Literature, and a minor in Chemistry. She currently lives in Corvallis with her family and completed her Master’s in Public Policy, with a focus on environment and energy, at Oregon State University. Outside the office, Diane can be found enjoying the many trails of Corvallis with her family or practicing her amateur gardening skills in the backyard. Read less
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    Emily Griffith

    Oregon Policy Manager

    Renewable Northwest's Oregon Policy Manager, Emily, joined the organization in April 2022. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Washington State University, she completed a Master of Public Policy at Oregon State University. Her thesis focused on adaptation of regulating institutions to environmental change. Emily’s graduate and undergraduate work also consisted of assessing community input in the environmental decision-making and regulating processes for West Coast resiliency efforts....Read more

    Renewable Northwest's Oregon Policy Manager, Emily, joined the organization in April 2022. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Washington State University, she completed a Master of Public Policy at Oregon State University. Her thesis focused on adaptation of regulating institutions to environmental change. Emily’s graduate and undergraduate work also consisted of assessing community input in the environmental decision-making and regulating processes for West Coast resiliency efforts. Emily is passionate about the value of partnerships in working towards solving environmental conflicts. She enjoys applying her collaborative thinking and science background in her everyday work. She currently lives outside of Portland, enjoys hiking the Columbia River Gorge, taking her dog to the beach, and indulging her early-onset interest in bird-watching.

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    Kate Brouns

    Washington Policy Manager

    Kate Brouns, our Washington Policy Manager, joined Renewable Northwest in 2022. She represents Renewable Northwest in the Washington legislative session, advocates for clean energy bills, and supports regulatory processes and market development across the state. She holds a Master of Public Administration with a focus in energy policy from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and a Bachelor of Mathematics from Hamilton College. Prior to receiving her M.P.A., Kate worked with King County government on physical environment budgeting....Read more

    Kate Brouns, our Washington Policy Manager, joined Renewable Northwest in 2022. She represents Renewable Northwest in the Washington legislative session, advocates for clean energy bills, and supports regulatory processes and market development across the state. She holds a Master of Public Administration with a focus in energy policy from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and a Bachelor of Mathematics from Hamilton College. Prior to receiving her M.P.A., Kate worked with King County government on physical environment budgeting. She also spent three years managing author events at Harvard Book Store. Kate’s passion lies at the cross-section of science, persuasive communication, and the Great Outdoors; her role bridges these interests, using data-driven arguments to advocate for a cleaner Washington. She lives in Seattle and enjoys long-distance backpacking, singing with her cappella group, and baking gluten free food that’s actually good.

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    Kyle Unruh

    Montana & Idaho Policy Manager

    Kyle is Montana and Idaho Policy Manager at Renewable Northwest. He engages state legislatures, commissions, and coalitions to facilitate responsible development of transmission and generation. Before joining Renewable Northwest, Kyle worked for NorthWestern Energy where he analyzed market options, quantified utilization of the transmission system in peak periods, and modeled flex ramp capability required to balance additional variable energy resources....Read more
    Kyle is Montana and Idaho Policy Manager at Renewable Northwest. He engages state legislatures, commissions, and coalitions to facilitate responsible development of transmission and generation. Before joining Renewable Northwest, Kyle worked for NorthWestern Energy where he analyzed market options, quantified utilization of the transmission system in peak periods, and modeled flex ramp capability required to balance additional variable energy resources. Prior to his work in the energy industry, Kyle advanced research projects at CU Boulder through proposal development, project management, and industry relations with partners such as Lockheed Martin and Ball Aerospace. After earning his MBA working with the University, Boulder City, and Boulder County to help meet their targets through deployment of renewable resources and energy efficiency, Kyle took an opportunity to help grow the research enterprise and propel the University of Montana to R-1 classification as Director of Sponsored Programs and Research Development. Read less

    Casey MacLean

    Offshore Wind Policy Manager

    Casey MacLean, Offshore Wind Policy Manager, joined Renewable Northwest in January 2024. She supports legislative, regulatory, and policy work to responsibly develop offshore wind in the region. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, Casey worked in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. House of Representatives: first for the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, and then for Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) covering his natural resources work....Read more
    Casey MacLean, Offshore Wind Policy Manager, joined Renewable Northwest in January 2024. She supports legislative, regulatory, and policy work to responsibly develop offshore wind in the region. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, Casey worked in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. House of Representatives: first for the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, and then for Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) covering his natural resources work. She earned her Bachelor’s at the College of William & Mary, where she double majored in Public Policy and Environmental Science & Policy. Casey deeply enjoys building meaningful connections, and is motivated by the need for a swift and just transition to a clean energy future. She lives in Seattle with her very fluffy orange cat, and in her spare time you can find her running, hiking, and finding the best spots to read by the water. Read less

    Kavya Niranjan

    Markets & Transmission Policy Manager

    Kavya Niranjan joined Renewable Northwest in February 2024 and serves as the organization’s Markets & Transmission Policy Manager. She supports policy activities and engagements with key stakeholders on the development of energy markets, transmission, and storage across the Western US. Kavya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from UC Berkeley and spent her senior year as a GIS Intern for a renewable energy developer, before going on to manage GIS projects for utilities clients at an engineering consulting firm in the Bay Area....Read more
    Kavya Niranjan joined Renewable Northwest in February 2024 and serves as the organization’s Markets & Transmission Policy Manager. She supports policy activities and engagements with key stakeholders on the development of energy markets, transmission, and storage across the Western US. Kavya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from UC Berkeley and spent her senior year as a GIS Intern for a renewable energy developer, before going on to manage GIS projects for utilities clients at an engineering consulting firm in the Bay Area. Kavya moved to Seattle in 2021 to pursue her MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and where, as a Global Innovation Fellow, she managed several research consulting projects for various teams at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Kavya is passionate about facilitating an energy transition that leaves no one behind, and spends her free time exploring her new home base in the PNW. Read less

    Katie Chamberlain

    Renewable Energy Technical & Policy Analyst

    Katie joined Renewable Northwest in August of 2023 after completing her Master's of Public Administration at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. During graduate school, she worked in transit planning at the Seattle Department of Transportation and consulted for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Prior to going back to school, Katie worked as an organizer on political and issue campaigns. She lives in Portland and enjoys exploring the PNW's nature and searching for the best bagel in the city.
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    Pam Mahon

    Operations Director

    Pam was born and raised in New England and made her way out to the Pacific NW via Boulder, Colorado, and a Master’s degree in Voice Performance. No stranger to the renewable energy world, she has worked as an administrative specialist and development coordinator for RES America Developments and Element Power, US. Pam performs with the Oregon Symphony as a teaching artist in local schools and as a narrator for their Kids’ Concert Series. When not performing or hiking Mt. Tabor with her dog, Zeke, she works as a bid assistant raising funds for incredible nonprofit organizations.

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    Megan Milligan

    Office Manager

    Megan Milligan started her journey with Renewable Northwest as Office Manager in April 2023. She brings years of experience as a Human Resources and Office Manager in both the private and non-profit sectors. With a degree in psychology and a past career in education, Megan believes in the power of information to change the world for the better - and enjoys every opportunity to holistically support the team at Renewable NW....Read more

    Megan Milligan started her journey with Renewable Northwest as Office Manager in April 2023. She brings years of experience as a Human Resources and Office Manager in both the private and non-profit sectors. With a degree in psychology and a past career in education, Megan believes in the power of information to change the world for the better - and enjoys every opportunity to holistically support the team at Renewable NW. Her passion for renewable energy and a green lifestyle run deep as she invested in retrofitting her family home to net zero energy status. Outside of work you can find her in the garden smelling flowers, on a leisurely stroll with her dog, or satisfying her wanderlust!

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    Katie Ware

    Regulatory & Policy Consultant

    Katie Ware supports Renewable Northwest in regulatory work related to utility resource planning and rulemakings at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission relevant to the state’s Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) and the concept of performance-based ratemaking. She also supports the organization’s advocacy in regional efforts to realize a day-ahead market, specifically focusing on greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting methodologies that uphold state decarbonization policies....Read more

    Katie Ware supports Renewable Northwest in regulatory work related to utility resource planning and rulemakings at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission relevant to the state’s Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) and the concept of performance-based ratemaking. She also supports the organization’s advocacy in regional efforts to realize a day-ahead market, specifically focusing on greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting methodologies that uphold state decarbonization policies. Prior to her consulting role, Katie was the Senior Regulatory & Policy Manager for Renewable Northwest.

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    Haley Kirtland

    Intern

    Haley Kirtland, Renewable Energy Economic Impact Research Intern, joined Renewable Northwest in summer of 2024. Haley recently graduated from Pomona College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Religious Studies, where she took interest in environmental justice and equity in natural resource politics....Read more
    Haley Kirtland, Renewable Energy Economic Impact Research Intern, joined Renewable Northwest in summer of 2024. Haley recently graduated from Pomona College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Religious Studies, where she took interest in environmental justice and equity in natural resource politics. Her thesis focused on stakeholder values and impact related to salmon in hydroelectric dam relicensing on the Skagit river in western Washington, and her senior capstone project focused on decarbonization efforts and recommendations for continuing care retirement communities. Haley is passionate about community engagement and climate action that centers equity and justice. She currently lives in Seattle where she enjoys hiking, biking, and open water swimming in the PNW and beyond. Read less
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