Suedeen Kelly and Jonathan Lash Join Steering Committee
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Submitted by EFC Team on February 23rd, 2011

The Energy Future Coalition is pleased to welcome Jonathan Lash and Suedeen Kelly as members of the Steering Committee.  Their experience, knowledge, and judgment will be a valuable asset to the Coalition.

Jonathan Lash is President of the World Resources Institute and has previously served on the Coalition’s Advisory Council.  He has broad experience with public policy at the international, federal, and state levels and with corporate and business practices worldwide and is recognized internationally for his expertise on climate change, energy security, and resource, environment, and development policies.

Jonathan Lash has been a catalyst in engaging business and industry in environmental and sustainability issues.  In 2006 he played a key role in the creation and success of the United States Climate Action Partnership, a group of leading companies and environmental groups that in January 2007 issued a highly influential “Call to Action” on global warming.  From 1993 until 1999, he served as co chair of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, a group of U.S. government, business, labor, civil rights, and environmental leaders appointed by President Clinton that developed recommendations for strategies to promote sustainable development.

Suedeen Kelly is an internationally recognized energy industry veteran and former Commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). While at FERC, she spearheaded change in numerous regulatory policies, including integration of renewables into the grid, transmission interconnection and planning reform, deployment of smart grid technology to the transmission grid, the inclusion of smart grid demonstration grants in the stimulus effort, and natural gas quality standards to facilitate U.S. entry of liquefied natural gas. She created a Smart Grid Collaborative between FERC and state regulators to promote technology deployment and helped to grow membership to 30 states. She also pioneered internal strategic planning efforts to enable market reforms to adapt to new Congressional proposals regarding carbon emissions, demand response and efficiency, smart grid and hydrokinetic, offshore wind turbine and photovoltaic technologies.

Suedeen Kelly served as regulatory counsel for the California Independent System Operator and was a law professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she taught energy law, utility regulation, administrative law and legislative process.  She previously worked as a legislative aide to Sen. Jeff Bingaman, then the ranking member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. She also served as Chairwoman and Commissioner for the Public Service Commission of New Mexico.

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