Environmental Advisory Council

The Environmental Advisory Council shall provide guidance to the New York Independent System Operator on implementation of its policy to consider the environmental consequences of NYISO practices and operations and to balance, as reasonably as possible, the risks of harm to the environment against the benefits to be derived from the proposal actions.

The Council shall provide guidance, as requested, on identifying, evaluating and remedying, as necessary, the environmental implications of existing or planned activities regarding:

  • market design;
  • system operations and reliability;
  • electric system planning;
  • strategic planning; and
  • such other initiatives as may arise.

The Council shall also assist in ensuring that NYISO is aware of the environmental implications of both the NYISO's and the industry's future directions and shall assist the NYISO in exploring how ISOs and RTOs may assist in reducing the environmental impact of electricity generation in appropriate regions.

Council Agendas, Materials & Resources

EAC Meeting Agenda & Materials

Environmental Advisory Council - Board Member Bios

Denise Sheehan

Denise has nearly 30 years of management experience in the government and non-profit sectors. She previously served for 10 years at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in senior management positions, including two years as Commissioner, where she led efforts to establish the State’s first climate change programs, as well as new initiatives to protect air and water quality, preserve open space, and revitalize brownfields. Ms. Sheehan also served as the Executive Director of The Climate Registry, an international non-profit assisting companies to reduce their carbon emissions and become more sustainable. Ms. Sheehan’s experience includes 10 years at the NYS Division of the Budget, where she was responsible for developing and overseeing the State’s environmental and energy budgets. Ms. Sheehan is currently the Executive Vice President at Capitol Hill Management Services, a management consulting firm specializing in non-profit management located in Albany, New York. In that role, she manages the operations of the company and works with a variety of non-profit organizations to assist them in achieving their goals. She also serves as a Senior Advisor to the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST), a non-profit trade association dedicated to growing the energy storage industry in New York. In her role, Ms. Sheehan provides advice and assistance on NY-BEST’s strategic direction, policy issues and operational management. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science from the State University of New York College at Oneonta. Ms. Sheehan is active in the community and serves as the Immediate Past Chair and Board member of the American Red Cross Northeastern NY Chapter. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award from Rockefeller College and Excellence in Leadership Award from the NYS DEC. denise@caphill.com.

 

William Gould

William is Director, Strategic Analysis, Safety & Sustainability at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he leads a team of nationally and globally renowned engineers, scientists, and economists. This team provides thought leadership, insights and analyses on a wide range of energy and environmental issues. Prior to joining EPRI, Mr. Gould was the Large Business Market Manager for Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G), where he directed activities associated with varied and unique needs of their top 2,500 customers. He began his career at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., where he managed the well-known "Enlightened Energy" program, an ambitious and highly successful energy efficiency program focused on a wide range of commercial and industrial electric end uses. Concurrent with his EPRI role, Mr. Gould was an Adjunct Professor for Lehigh University's Energy Systems Engineering graduate program from 2009-2013. Additionally, he is a member of the Conference Board Sustainability Council. Mr. Gould has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a MS in Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology, where he received the prestigious "Energy Management" award for excellence in the field.

 

Rich Cowart

Richard Cowart is a Director of The Regulatory Assistance Project. One of the nation’s most experienced regulatory commissioners, he served as Commissioner and Chair of the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) for thirteen years (1986-1999). He was elected President of the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners, and Chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. He also served for four years as Chair of the National Council on Competition and the Electric Industry, an association of state and federal officials and legislators responsible for power sector reform in the U.S.

 

Francis J. Murray, Jr.

Mr. Murray is nationally recognized for his expertise in energy and environmental policy matters with nearly forty years of experience in this arena. Most recently, Mr. Murray served as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a quasi‐governmental public authority with an annual budget of $830 million. Mr. Murray also chaired the State Energy Planning Board and was a founding board member of both the New York State Smart Grid Consortium and the New York State Battery and Energy Storage Consortium (NY‐BEST). Prior to his appointment at NYSERDA, Mr. Murray served in various capacities including Senior Advisor at the international environmental consulting firm Ecology and Environment, Inc., policy advisor to the United States Secretary of Energy, assisting in the development of the Clinton Administration's national energy policy, New York State Commissioner of Energy and Chairman of the NYSERDA Board of Directors,and as the principal energy and environmental policy advisor to New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo, initially as Assistant Secretary and later as Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and the Environment. Mr. Murray received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service cum laude from the Edward A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Susan Tierney

Dr. Tierney is a Managing Principal in the Analysis Group, an economic, financial and strategy consulting firm located in Boston. Her work focuses primarily on the energy industry, where she frequently serves as an expert witness in private litigation as well as appearing before state and federal regulatory commissions. As a consultant for the last eight years, she has also provided strategic and advisory services to electric utilities, generation and transmission companies, independent system operators, investment companies, large power customers, power buying groups, and government agencies. She has assisted these and other organizations with such issues as industry restructuring, wholesale market structure, supply and delivery strategy, retail policy, power plant and transmission siting, and environmental regulation. STierney@analysisgroup.com

Victor Niemeyer

Victor Niemeyer is Program Manager for the Energy and Environmental Analysis Program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The Program’s research focuses on energy and environmental policy design, developing cost effective compliance strategies, assessing opportunities and risks of new energy technologies, and comparing energy and environmental policies at state and regional levels. Vic is currently focused on how the Clean Air Act may be applied to regulate CO2 from existing generation, what are the consequences of an evolving market for natural gas, and what the potential is for renewable generation in achieving a low carbon future. Since joining EPRI in 1978 Vic has worked on integrated planning, environmental risk management, environmental markets, power markets, and climate policy. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Texas (Austin) and an A.B., degree in Economics from The University of California (Berkeley).

Karen Palmer

Karen Palmer is a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future and Associate Director for Electricity of RFF’s Center for Climate and Electricity Policy. She specializes in the economics of environmental and public utility regulation, particularly on issues at the intersection of air quality regulation and the electricity sector. Her work seeks to improve the design of incentive-based environmental regulations that influence the electric utility sector. To this end, she identifies cost-effective approaches to allocating emissions allowances, explores policies targeting carbon emissions and other air pollutants, and analyzes efficient ways to promote use of renewable sources of electricity and end-use energy efficiency.  In 1996– 1997, she spent six months as a visiting economist at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She is the co-author of two books on the economics and policy questions raised by restructuring of the electricity sector. kpalmer@rff.org

 

William Schulze

William Schulze is the Robinson Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. He is also co-Director of the Center for Behavior Economics and Decision Research in the Johnson Graduate School of Management and Director of the Laboratory for Experimental Economics and Decision Research, His current work focuses on electric power market design, behavioral and experimental economics, and environmental economics. Research projects in these areas are currently funded by the Power Systems Engineering Research Center, the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions, the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Aaron Bloom

Aaron is the Group Manager for the Grid Systems Analysis Group and leads an interdisciplinary team of engineers and analysts that work with industry to modernize power grids around the world. He is an expert in power systems planning and electricity market design. His team supports a broad array of power systems modeling work in the U.S., India, South Africa, and Asia. He was the principal investigator for the Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study, a comprehensive review of how the Eastern Interconnection might operate if 30% of annual electricity demand was met using wind and solar. In the Interconnections Seam Study and North American Renewable Integration Study, his team is exploring how North America’s vast resources can be used to enable clean, reliable, and affordable power systems. More recently he is working with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to identify the investments necessary to meet 100% electricity demand with renewable resources.Aaron.Bloom@nrel.gov.

 

Daniel L. Shawhan

Daniel Shawhan has worked in the area of energy-and-environment policy since 1995.  He is currently an assistant professor of economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  His research deals primarily with electricity policy, particularly its environmental aspects.  Previously, Shawhan was a consultant to state governments on energy-related environmental policy and on electric industry restructuring.  Prior to that, he was a research associate for the US renewable energy industry associations.  In his work with Maryland’s government, Shawhan worked on policies including the nation’s first tax credits for hybrid and electric vehicles; the nation’s second green buildings tax incentive; the first state law to use the LEED building sustainability ratings; Maryland’s renewable energy portfolio standard; and a set of energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment which have since been emulated in national law.
shawhd@rpi.edu