Kate is the Executive Director ofNH Sustainable Energy Association since 2013. NHSEA's mission is to strengthen New Hampshire’s economy and conserve natural resources by promoting a transition to clean, efficient, and renewable energy. NHSEA sees a future for NH that empowers the people of our state to generate, use, and benefit, both economically and environmentally, from, renewable energy and maximum efficiency. Together we can work to reduce our energy consumption, save money, and create a healthier state. Find out more about Kate as she answers some questions below:
What is your background in energy work? I got a masters in international energy management and policy from Columbia and decided to get into local and state work rather than global energy work, but first I ended up consulting with utilities in Vermont and Arizona, then working on the regulatory side at the NH PUC, then moved into non-profit and advocacy work with NHSEA.
What does NHSEA do to support local energy action in NH? NHSEA works to be a resource on all clean energy issues in NH - from technology, financing, progams and policy issues. We give people the tools they need to make decisions on how to use energy and how to engage with energy issues that impact them.
What makes you passionate about this work? Energy impacts all of our lives, and it matters to me how our lives impact one another.
What do you enjoy doing when you're not busy supporting smart energy policies for the state? I love to travel, read Russian novels, and bake cookies. There's nothing better than eating a warm cookie on a cold winter day.