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Eileen V. Quigley

Eileen Quigley

Eileen V. Quigley directs the Strategic Innovation Program at Climate Solutions, which is developing a portfolio of programs that demonstrate nationally-significant models of public policy and private sector collaboration to advance broadly-shared carbon-free prosperity. Current programs include: New Energy Cities, which works with small- to medium-sized Northwest communities to reduce carbon emissions through climate-smart, clean energy solutions in deep energy efficiency, renewable energy, eco-mobility, and smart grid technology; Northwest Biocarbon Initiative, which is demonstrating the essential role that natural systems can play in reducing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere to ensure long-term climate stability; and Sustainable Advanced Fuels, which is working across various transport industries to build commercial scale supply chains for advanced low-carbon fuels in the Northwest and throughout the world.

Eileen is an expert in city-led clean energy innovation. She is co-author of Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up: Priorities in City-Led Energy Innovation, a study of 34 American cities that are demonstrating how communities with fewer than 250,000 residents are reducing their dependence upon fossil fuels for energy. She also co-authored Natural Infrastructure: A Climate-Smart Solution, a paper on the role that natural infrastructure plays in reducing GHG emissions, removing carbon pollution, and building resilience to climate impacts called. Eileen regularly speaks and blogs about how the Northwest is pursuing a cleaner, carbon-neutral future, and co-writes the New Energy Cities Weekly Wrap.

Eileen is a seasoned executive leader of for-profit and nonprofit businesses, having served for a decade as Executive Director for three nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining Climate Solutions in 2009, Eileen ran RealNetworks’ Nonprofit Affairs Division, which helped nonprofit organizations use the Internet for social change.  She edited a quarterly journal of public policy, economics, and culture for the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada for three years and spent five years as a magazine and newspaper journalist in Washington, DC and New York, NY. Eileen has been a civic leader in the Puget Sound since moving to the Northwest in 1988, having run the Municipal League of King County for four years and served on numerous Puget Sound nonprofit boards and civic taskforces.

Eileen received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in 1983 and her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University in 1980. E-mail: eileen (at) climatesolutions.org. Twitter: @NECities and @evquigley

Elizabeth Willmott

EW photo for website (121x128).jpgElizabeth is the project manager for the New Energy Cities program, working with cities to help them meet their carbon reduction goals through innovative programs and policies. She most recently co-authored Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up, a July 2012 report on small and medium-sized cities around the U.S. that are demonstrating leadership in local clean energy innovation.

Elizabeth knows and loves local government. As lead author of the World Bank’s 2011 climate change adaptation guide for cities in developing countries, co-author of King County’s 2007 adaptation guidebook with ICLEI and the University of Washington, climate change aide to former King County Executive Ron Sims, and project manager of the first King County Climate Plan in 2007, Elizabeth brings a deep and wide background in community climate planning to the New Energy Cities team.

The program’s focus on “carbon math” also bears Elizabeth’s signature. She first found religion in Excel spreadsheets as the Recovery Act performance and accountability lead for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, overseeing the results of $13.6 billion in grants to cities and communities around the U.S.  Today her data-driven approach is most obvious in New Energy Cities’ energy maps and carbon wedge graphics.

Outside of work Elizabeth leaves ample time for gardening, biking, and movie-watching with her husband Andy. She holds a double degree in biology and Chinese language from Williams College and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

Ric Gale

Ric Gale ImageRic Gale is the founder of Gale Energy Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in unraveling the complexities of utility regulation.  He serves a variety of clients ranging from utilities, energy efficiency companies, environmental groups, and renewable developers.

Ric spent nearly three decades with Idaho Power Company retiring in June of 2011. At Idaho Power he served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, working on corporate sustainability efforts, state and regional issues, and strategic projects.

Ric began his electric utility career in 1983 in the Rates Department, was selected to lead the Regulatory Affairs Department in 1991, and was named Vice President of Regulatory Affairs in 2001. In this role he had primary responsibility for policy matters related to the economic regulation of Idaho Power and testified before the Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada state commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Bonneville Power Administration, and the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  He was honored with the CEO’s Extra Mile Award in 2001 for work done in response to the Western Energy Crisis.

Ric earned a BBA in 1975 and an MBA in 1981 from Boise State University.  He currently serves as the chair of the College of Business and Economics (COBE) Advisory Council and as a director on the Boise State University Foundation Board.  Gale received recognition as an Outstanding Alumnus of the COBE in 2003. He also presently serves Ric co-chairs the Idaho Technology Council’s Energy Consortium, which is an organization actively engaged in the economic development of the Idaho technology sector.

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"Each of the members of the New Energy Cities team brings deep technical skill in their respective fields of expertise, which range from clean energy solutions (from energy efficiency to alternative energy to smart grid technologies) to local governments (both operations and politics) to financing models and economics to strategic communications.”

- Mark Barron, Town of Jackson Mayor, Wyoming