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 PEOPLE

MEET THE BOARD

Adam Capage

Board Chair
Adam currently serves as Vice President of Corporate and Government Affairs at 3Degrees; this role includes oversight of market intelligence and regulatory affairs. Adam joined 3Degrees in 2006, leading the company’s Utility Partnership team; in this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of operating 3Degrees’ existing utility partnerships and launching new partnerships around the United States. Prior to 3Degrees, Adam was a Director of the Renewable Energy Service at ESource, then a subsidiary of Platts. In this role Adam researched, wrote and consulted about utility strategy for incorporating renewable energy.

Adam’s twenty-year career in the energy industry has included work in both the public and private sectors. 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. In addition to serving on the board of Renewable Northwest, Adam is as an Advisory Board member for the Master’s in Climate Science and Solutions Program at Northern Arizona University.

Jeff Bissonnette

Board Treasurer
Jeff Bissonnette has dedicated his work life to public interest advocacy, working for community groups and campaign organizations in Washington, DC, Illinois, New York and Oregon. Working on issues from food security, international solidarity and environmental issues, most of his work since 1998 has centered around energy and utility issues. Jeff has worked for the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon, the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association and the Union of Concerned Scientists, all focused on clean energy and climate. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Portland, teaching subjects related to nonprofit management. In his off-time, Jeff serves on the City of Portland Police Review Board and is a member of the Multnomah County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the Portland Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NET). Jeff enjoys cooking, hiking, camping and talking about politics.

Kevin Lynch

Board Vice Chair
Kevin manages Avangrid Renewables’ engagement in policy, regulatory and market-structure matters across the US as well as the company’s charitable activities. He has nearly three decades of professional experience in the electric power sector, with a focus on renewable energy since 2006 at Avangrid Renewables and predecessor companies. During his Avangrid Renewables tenure, Kevin has also overseen the company’s external communications, market fundamentals, and federal affairs activities.

Kevin spent a decade working for two members of the US House of Representatives, eight of those years as staff to the Committee on Appropriations. He focused on natural resource, public lands, Native American, energy, transportation, and arts and humanities issues.

Kevin is President of the Interwest Energy Alliance Board of Directors, chairs the Board of the Independent Energy Producers Association of California, and serves as Vice Chair of the Renewable Northwest Board. He also is a Board Member of the American Council on Renewable Energy, the Wind Solar Alliance and the Colorado Independent Energy Association. He was appointed one of two original co-chairs of the State Policy Committee of the American Wind Energy Association in 2010, serving in that role for two years to increase the wind industry’s focus on state and regional policy and regulatory matters.

Mike Goetz

At Large
Mike Goetz is the General Counsel for the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board (CUB). Established in 1984, CUB is the ratepayer advocate for the residential customers of Oregon’s electric and natural gas investor-owned utilities. In his practice, Mike focuses on regulatory matters before the Public Utility Commission of Oregon as well as issues before the Oregon legislature. CUB routinely intervenes in a wide variety of utility cases, including general rate cases, annual power cost filings, integrated resource plans, resource procurement dockets, utility mergers and acquisitions, rulemaking proceedings, and various policy investigations. Prior to joining CUB, he completed an Energy Law & Policy Fellowship through the University of Oregon, worked as a law clerk and attorney at several public interest non-profit organizations, as an attorney for a Portland-based environmental attorney, and as an associate attorney at a plaintiff’s side civil litigation firm. Mike holds a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a JD from the University of Oregon School of Law with a Statement of Completion in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. He serves on the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Energy, Telecom, & Utility section as well as the Portfolio Options Committee, providing oversight to utility voluntary renewable energy programs.

Nancy Hirsch

At Large
Nancy Hirsh is Executive Director for the NW Energy Coalition. Nancy directs the Coalition’s efforts to enhance investments in energy efficiency, renewable resources, and low-income energy services through work with utilities, commissioners, regulators, and legislators. She serves on the board of Renewable Northwest and the Centralia Coal Transition Board. She is also on the advisory committee for the Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University. From 1996 through 2014 she served as the Coalition’s policy director. Before joining the Coalition, she spent twelve years in Washington, DC working on national energy policy issues for the Environmental Action Foundation and the National Wildlife Federation. She lives in Seattle with her husband, children and dog. When not advocating clean energy solutions, she is an avid backpacker and hiker.

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. 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.

Noah Long

At Large
Noah Long is the Western Region Director for NRDC’s Climate and Clean Energy Program. For over a decade, Noah has worked to advance policies for deploying renewable energy, increasing energy efficiency, and advancing cleaner cars and electric vehicles. His work includes a focus on creating a fast, just, and sustainable transition to clean energy to address the climate crisis in the west. In Long’s first project with NRDC, he helped initiate a successful campaign to protect the wildlife, wildlands, and communities of Chile’s Patagonia from damages associated with large-scale hydrological development. Currently, Long co-directs NRDC’s western clean energy and climate policy initiatives with Peter Miller. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College, a master’s in international development and environmental policy from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Sarah Qureshi

At Large
Sarah Qureshi is a dedicated clean energy professional. She currently serves as a manager on NextEra Energy Resource’s Political Affairs team for the West Region. Previously she worked on energy policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group in San Jose, California. 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.

Virinder Singh

At Large
Virinder Singh is Vice President of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs at EDF Renewables (EDFR), a leading North American renewable energy development company and O&M provider in solar, wind and energy storage. As head of EDFR’s U.S. government affairs, Virinder’s work has covered a wide range of technologies including wind, solar, biogas, and energy storage, and with his able team is responsible for federal affairs and state-level policy. His work includes broad market policies, critical path issues for projects in development, and issues affecting the performance of EDFR’s existing assets. His work covers demand-driving policies, procurement rules, trade policy, tax issues, transmission and distribution grid policy, and siting policy.

While at EDFR, Virinder has played an essential role in numerous clean energy industry accomplishments, ranging from major market expansion policies in Oregon, California and New York, to consensus-based renewables tax policy in Kansas, to FERC’s 2013 modernization of small generator interconnection requirements, and others.

While at Pacificorp, a six-state electric utility in the West, Virinder was central to its planning efforts in the early 2000s that resulted in unprecedented voluntary utility purchases of renewables in the West.

He also contributed to its pioneering valuation of greenhouse gas regulatory risk in resource planning, and managed analysis for the utility’s first comprehensive climate change strategy.

He has also worked on commercial items such as site acquisition for greenfield wind development, RFP design for renewables procurement, bid evaluation into renewable RFPs, PURPA implementation, and energy service contracting.

Virinder serves on the Boards of Renewable Northwest, California’s Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT), the Independent Energy Producers Association of California, the national Energy Storage Association’s Leadership Circle, and others. He is aide and alternate to EDFR’s Boardmembers at both the American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

He has testified in the U.S. Senate, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. International Trade Commission, numerous state legislatures, and numerous state public utility commissions.

He hold a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of International Affairs (environmental policy focus) from Columbia University, and an MBA from Portland State University. He has lived in Portland, Oregon since 2002 and lives with his wife and son.

V John White

At Large
V. John White is the Executive Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT), which he co-founded in 1990. CEERT is a non-profit coalition of the nation’s leading public interest environmental groups and businesses working on energy efficiency and renewable technologies. Through its public education, policy research, and advocacy programs, CEERT helps design and implement public policies, market reforms and legislative strategies to integrate efficiency, and renewable technologies into the electricity and transportation systems in California and the West.

Mr. White also is a legislative advocate and political consultant, providing advocacy, strategic consulting, and development of new technologies on behalf of public interest environmental groups, renewable technology companies, and local and regional environmental agencies.

After working at the Statewide Air Pollution Research Center on the UCR campus, and as an environmental analyst for Bechtel, John served as a senior policy consultant for nine years on the staff of the California Assembly before starting his consulting and lobbying business in 1983.

Over the course of his more than 40-year career, he has been involved in the drafting, negotiation, and passage of landmark air quality and energy legislation and innovative regulatory programs to accelerate improvements in air quality, global warming, and renewable energy sources. These include legislation establishing the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the California Clean Air Act, the Carl Moyer diesel emission reduction incentive program, the Pavley clean car bill, the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), the renewable portfolio standard, and the California solar initiative. He was also played a key role in the development of alternative fuels and the adoption of the zero emission vehicle mandate.

In the last 15 years, John’s efforts and those of his colleagues have resulted in more $20 billion investment in energy conservation and renewable energy in California, and in the appropriation of significant funding for fuel cells, alternative transportation technologies, and the retrofit and retirement of high polluting school buses. In addition, he led collaborative efforts between renewable energy companies and conservation groups to ensure timely approval of more than 10,000 megawatts of new solar and wind projects, while protecting critical habitat and establishing innovative mitigation measures.

In 2016, John worked closely with UCR, the Riverside Chamber of Commerce, and local elected officials and helped organize the campaign to persuade the California Air Resources Board to locate their new, advanced vehicle technology and testing laboratory in Riverside, near the UCR campus. This $500 million, state of the art facility is expected to help launch new investment in advanced vehicle and fuel technologies, as well as provide opportunities for workforce training, and cooperation between UCR and the Air Resources Board.

From 1997-2000, he served on the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator, which manages the states electricity transmission grid. From 1987-1991 he served on the board of directors of the Sacramento AIDS Foundation.

He regularly contributes opinion pieces for newspapers and journals, and provides media commentary on energy and environmental issues. He also serves as a guest lecturer on public policy and environmental issues in the California universities, including UCR, and before a variety of business and civic organizations.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Haagen- Smit Award from the California Air Resources Board, and recognition from the American Lung Association, the Coalition for Clean Air, and the American Wind Energy Association.

John is a native of Pasadena, California, and a graduate of the University of California at Riverside, class of 1973.

MEET THE TEAM

Nicole Hughes

Executive Director
Nicole Hughes joined Renewable Northwest as Executive Director in July 2018. Nicole has over 15 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. She has experience in project development, construction, finance, permitting and policy for utility-scale wind and solar energy, working for AWS Truepower, HDR, Element Power, RES Americas, Tetra Tech and The Bonneville Power Administration. In her previous work, Nicole engaged with Renewable NW as a member and understands first hand the importance of the organization’s coalition work between advocacy organizations and renewable energy businesses in moving the region forward 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 boards of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies and the Renewable Hydrogen Alliance. 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.

Dan Olson

Development and Communications Director
Dan Olson joined Renewable Northwest as the organization’s Development and Communications Director in 2019. Prior to working at Renewable Northwest, Dan held multiple product management roles at Ecova (now ENGIE Insight), including Director of Product Management, leading the organization’s carbon accounting, waste, water, and strategy and engagement services. He also served as the Executive Director of the Colorado and New Mexico-based environmental advocacy organization San Juan Citizens Alliance. In addition to these roles, Dan was the founder of a consulting business that served the sustainable operation needs of small and medium-sized businesses in the Intermountain West, pioneered the use of environmentally-beneficial loan funds at Harvard University, and has served as a volunteer and board member of numerous environmental non-profits. In his off-time, Dan and his family enjoy exploring the many and varied wonders of the Northwest and beyond.

Eva Love

Summer Intern
Eva joined Renewable Northwest in May 2020 as an intern to update renewable energy fact sheets. As an undergraduate at Lewis & Clark College, she studied history and took elective coursework in the sciences which solidified her passion for environmental justice from a historical and scientific perspective. In addition to interning at Renewable Northwest, Eva also works for the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management where she leads research on regional natural resource resilience, supports policy development, and creates new public programs for volunteers. In her free time, she volunteers at Tryon Creek State Natural Area as a land steward. Eva lives in Portland and enjoys biking and hiking throughout the PNW.

Jeff L. Fox

Montana Policy Manager
Jeff joined Renewable Northwest in early 2011 to further the organization’s on-the-ground presence in Montana. He has been working to bring Montana’s wind to market ever since. Since 2016, Jeff has served on the board of Northwest Energy Coalition, an alliance of ~100 environmental, civic, and human service organizations, progressive utilities, and businesses in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia.

Jeff’s background includes work as a wilderness ranger in Colorado and Wyoming before moving to Washington, DC, to join The Wilderness Society. At The Wilderness Society he focused on campaigns to ensure extractive energy development on public lands only occurred in appropriate places and with appropriate safeguards. Missing the mountains, Jeff returned home to assist in the Montana Legacy Project, a $520 million dollar conservation purchase of 320,000 acres of private timberlands threatened by development and fragmentation. Later, he worked to organize business support for clean energy as an independent contractor with the non-profit Climate Solutions.

Jeff is a native Montanan and wilderness lover deeply committed to clean energy solutions for Montana and the nation. He lives in Bozeman with his wife and two young sons.

Katie Ware

Washington Policy Manager
Katie joined Renewable Northwest as a Policy Manager for the state of Washington in March 2020. Katie previously worked in wind and solar development with EDP Renewables, where she learned not only how these projects affect local economies and community development, but also how industry players face complex regulatory barriers. Her contributions include delivering over 250 MW of clean wind energy to Ohio, a state notorious for its burdensome regulations on that commodity.

Katie comes to Renewable NW with a deeply technical background, having earned a M.S. in Chemistry and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University, where she was co-chair of the Energy Leaders Association. She has also been active in Women IN Energy and multiple chapters of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Katie lives with her husband and daughter in Seattle, where she drinks her weight in coffee and dreams of becoming the outdoor type.

Max Greene

Regulatory and Policy Director
Max joined Renewable Northwest as Staff Counsel & Analyst in February 2018, working primarily on regulatory matters from engagement with utility resource plans to implementation of customer choice options to investigations into topics relevant to a modernizing electricity grid, all with an eye to decarbonizing the northwest’s energy systems. He has also taken the lead on Renewable NW’s siting work, coordinating policy efforts in Oregon and Washington and launching a monthly siting newsletter. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Energy, Telecom & Utility Law Section.

Prior to his work at Renewable NW, Max spent five years as a staff attorney in the Providence, Rhode Island office of the Conservation Law Foundation. At CLF, his work included advocacy on issues relating to energy and fossil fuel infrastructure, litigation to enforce the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and support for thoughtful food-system and transportation policy. Max served on several boards and committees including Rhode Island’s Zero-Emission Vehicles Working Group and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council.

Max earned a B.A. from Carleton College and a J.D. from Roger Williams University, and he clerked for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the outdoors with his family, burying himself in books, and experiencing the Portland area’s many and varied culinary offerings and running trails.

Pam Mahon

Office Manager
Pam was born and raised in New England and made her way out to the great 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. When she’s not organizing offices and scheduling meetings, you can find her on stage performing with the Oregon Symphony, as well as with other Portland area theatres. A few of her favorite roles thus far have been: Mazeppa in Gypsy with Portland Center Stage, Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of OZ with Pixie Dust Productions, and Papagena in The Magic Flute with the Portland Opera.

Sashwat Roy

Technology & Policy Analyst
Sashwat joined Renewable Northwest as a Technology and Policy Analyst in June 2019, working on the intersection of renewable energy technology, economics, and policy. He is currently working towards completing his PhD in Energy and Environmental Policy at the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration at University of Delaware, with a dissertation focused on the operation and economics of hybrid solar-battery storage in different electricity markets across the US.

Prior to his work at RNW, Sashwat has been a part of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF)-Department of Energy (DoE) fellowship at Quantum Energy & Sustainable Solar Technology (QESST) at ASU. At QESST, his work involved conducting analysis on the techno-economic aspects of hybrid renewable energy systems particularly focused on complementing solar with battery storage. Recently, his published paper on “Techno-Economics and Environmental Attributes of Utility-Scale PV+Storage in California” won the Best Publication Award at the QESST Expo 2020. Sashwat has also worked in major renewable energy development and consulting firms such as First Solar and ICF International, supporting their work on renewable energy modeling and analysis.

Sashwat earned a BS in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering in India and a MS in Energy Systems Engineering from University of Texas at Dallas. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking with friends and family, playing soccer, and rooting for FC Barcelona, as well as experimenting with different cuisines from across the world.

CONTACT

Main Office - Portland, OR

Renewable Northwest
421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 975
Portland, OR 97204-1625
Tel: +1 (503) 223-4544

Email Us

Renewables@renewablenw.org

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