100% Clean Energy Collaborative - Advisory Committee
University of Virginia
Anthony Artuso is an Executive Scholar at the University of Virginia and has also served on the faculty at the University of Charleston and Rutgers University. His research and consulting activities have included work with US government agencies, state governments, the World Bank, and the UN on issues related to clean energy, environmental policy, and sustainable development. Anthony also has extensive executive leadership experience in business and government. His accomplishments include pioneering work on deregulation of electric generation, collaborating with ExxonMobil on the development of algae-based biofuels, coordinating a billion dollar capital improvement program for the City of Boston, and designing and implementing pollution control programs for Lake Champlain and Boston Harbor. Anthony holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Columbia University, a Master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a PhD in Natural Resource Policy & Management from Cornell University.
Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy
Maria Redmond serves as Director of the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, leading the State in fighting the effects of climate change through programs and policies that support the use of clean energy resources and technology. She is leading the development of a comprehensive statewide clean energy plan that will help the state successfully reach a 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 goal, build the clean energy workforce, and foster innovation in clean energy technology. She also works closely with the members of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change to identify new, cost-effective conservation, sustainability, and efficiency strategies for the state and prepare Wisconsin for climate change by incorporating climate adaptation strategies into existing planning. Redmond has worked for the State of Wisconsin for 19 years and has significant experience in directing federally funded grant and loan programs, as well as ratepayer energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection
Lauren Savidge is the Director of the Office of Energy Supply and Infrastructure within the Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy (BETP) of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection. She is primarily responsible for conducting clean and renewable energy procurements and developing Connecticut’s policy planning documents for the electric power sector. Prior to her current role, Lauren was a Staff Attorney advising BETP. Lauren received a JD with a concentration in Energy Law and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and a BA in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross.
Jennifer L. Taylor
Nevada Governor's Office of Energy
Jennifer L. Taylor was appointed as Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Relations in January 2019 to support Governor Sisolak’s vision and policies for Nevada’s clean energy leadership and innovation. She represents the Governor’s Office of Energy (GOE) as liaison to the legislature, other governmental agencies, and local and federal governments. She also oversees GOE’s transportation programs, regulatory engagement, and energy assuredness, security, and resiliency work. Ms. Taylor serves as state co-lead for the US Climate Alliance’s Power Sector Working Group and represents it on the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative Advisory Committee. In 2016, she served as Vice Chair for the Clean Energy Sources Technical Advisory Committee of Nevada’s New Energy Industry Task Force. In 2017, she was appointed to the Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice, and as Chair of its working group on Innovation and Technology in Renewable Energy Development. Between 2017 and 2019, she provided consulting services on economic development, international trade, renewable energy, and education. She is an attorney licensed in four states.
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Hannah Thonet is the Senior Policy Advisor at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the state energy regulator. In this role, she helps drive New Jersey’s energy and climate policy, including increasing the state’s portfolio of renewable energy and energy efficiency, accelerating end-use electrification, and incorporating economic development and equity into state policies. She is also the chief architect of the 2019 Energy Master Plan, which established the strategies and goals to achieve 100% clean energy and an 80% reduction in the state’s climate emissions by 2050, and incorporates energy system modeling to identify a least-cost pathway to reach these goals. Previously, Hannah served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, where she co-chaired DEP’s participation in the city’s sustainability plan, OneNYC. Hannah holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a BS in Communications from Syracuse University.
Nicholas S. Ucci
Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
Nicholas S. Ucci was nominated by Governor Gina M. Raimondo in January 2020 to serve as Commissioner of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER), the state’s lead agency on energy policy and programs. OER works closely with private and public stakeholders to foster clean, affordable, and reliable energy solutions for all consumers, while spurring economic and job growth opportunities across Rhode Island’s burgeoning clean energy economy. Commissioner Ucci is helping drive the Governor’s goal of meeting 100% of statewide electricity demand with renewables by 2030 – a nation-leading effort – and has been instrumental in guiding the state’s Heating Sector Transformation (HST) initiative. He serves on the Board of Managers for the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) and as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Energy Efficiency & Resource Management Council (EERMC) and Distributed Generation Board. He received the 2019 Environmental Merit Award (Government) from the US EPA.
Washington State Energy Office
Sarah Vorpahl is a Senior Energy Policy Specialist at the Washington State Energy Office, where she is focused on distributed energy resources. She is currently working to implement Washington’s new 100% clean energy mandate, the Clean Energy Transformation Act, and is serving as the lead on equity and low-income provisions. Sarah graduated with a PhD from the University of Washington in 2017, where she studied emerging solar cell materials in the lab of Professor David Ginger. Her doctoral work also included a PhD Concentration in Public Policy and Management from the Evans School at UW. After her doctorate work, Sarah served as the 2017-18 OSA/MRS Science and Engineering Congressional Fellow in the office of Senator Bernie Sanders where she worked on a broad portfolio of climate and energy policy.
California Energy Commission
Terra Weeks is Senior Advisor to Chair David Hochschild at the California Energy Commission (CEC), where her focus areas include renewable energy, building decarbonization, offshore wind, and cleantech innovation. She is also project manager for the Senate Bill 100 joint-agency report, outlining the path to achieve 100% clean electricity by 2045. Prior to joining the CEC, Terra worked on research and policy at Elemental Excelerator, a cleantech accelerator that provides funding to startups working in energy, mobility, water, and agriculture. She previously served as the Renewable Energy Program Associate at the San Francisco Department of the Environment where she played a key role in developing the City’s Better Roofs Ordinance to require solar on new construction. Terra holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Nevada Governor's Office of Energy
Laura Wickham serves the State of Nevada as an Energy Program Manager with the Governor's Office of Energy. She plays a key role in helping the State of Nevada meet the goals of the Paris agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contributes in furthering Nevada’s green energy policies as part of the US Climate Alliance. She provided extensive support to Nevada’s Committee on Energy Choice and serves on the Policy Advisory Council which was created to advise with respect to the development and implementation of energy efficiency measures and conservation. Her background includes over 14 years’ experience in sustainability, energy conservation, energy policy, legal work, and business management.
Gwen S. Yamamoto Lau
Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority
Gwen S. Yamamoto Lau was appointed Executive Director of the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority in January 2017. She brings over 30 years of strategic leadership and lending experience in commercial banking as well as community development financing. Prior to joining the Authority, Yamamoto Lau served in a variety of executive positions, including as President of the Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corporation, a community development financial institution, where she expanded the CDFI’s mission from a singular focus on affordable housing and financing low income housing tax credit projects to also include community, clean energy, and economic development. The Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority was created in November 2014 to administer the Green Infrastructure Loan Program, which was capitalized with a $150.0 million Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) bond issuance.