The National Hydropower Association (NHA) has hired Cameron Schilling to a newly created position of vice president of market strategies and regulatory affairs. This position reflects the increasingly important role of emission-free hydropower, including pumped storage, in balancing the grid as we integrate higher levels of variable wind and solar, NHA says.
In this position, Schilling will spearhead NHA’s electricity market engagement, as well as leading its ongoing regulatory advocacy on issues such as hydropower licensing.
Schilling recently served as an intergovernmental affairs specialist for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of External Affairs. In this role, Schilling represented FERC on electricity markets and pricing issues at various state-level stakeholder groups, engaging with key officials, consumer groups and international energy regulators. Schilling also brings practical experience on state legislative and regulatory issues, having began his career working in the Illinois Governor’s office and serving as a policy advisor to the Illinois Commerce Commission.
“With his experience, Cameron will be a great asset to lead our markets and regulatory advocacy efforts before federal agencies and state regulators,” said Malcolm Woolf, NHA president and chief executive officer. “On a minute-by-minute basis, hydropower provides grid operators with the flexibility to meet load demand and integrate other renewables, yet energy markets consistently undervalue its grid reliability services. With Cameron in place, we look forward to enhancing our engagement in electricity markets.”
The hydropower industry provides 36% of the nation’s renewable generation and 6% of overall electricity generation. In addition, pumped storage projects provide 93% of energy storage in the U.S., making hydropower a critical resource to integrate increasing amounts of variable energy sources into America’s electricity system.
NHA is a nonprofit association in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to promoting the growth of clean, renewable hydropower and marine energy.