The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has named Bill Edmonds its new executive director, replacing Steve Crow, who will retire in August after serving 25 years in the position.
Most recently, Edmonds was director of environmental management and sustainability at NW Natural. In this position, he worked with an interdisciplinary team on a strategy to decarbonize the natural gas system using renewable natural gas and renewable hydrogen. Before that, Edmonds worked for PacifiCorp, served as a staff member on the California Public Utilities Commission, and was an environmental consultant.
In his various roles in the utility sector, Edmonds helped companies develop new and innovative strategies for addressing environmental issues while managing high-performing teams, NWPCC said. He has an undergraduate degree in political science from Williams College and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.
“I’m honored to be joining the Council team and feel a great responsibility to continue their good work,” said Edmonds. “The region’s reliance on strong, accurate analysis seems more important than ever as we take on vexing issues pertaining to energy, fish, and wildlife that must be approached with a regional view. I’m excited to be guiding the team in support of the Council’s critical mission. I look forward to working with the Council and its strong staff to bring our best analysis forward as we fully engage in these critical issues.”
Edmonds currently serves on the board for the Community Cycling Center and Portland Energy Conservation Inc. He is a past board member of the Oregon Environmental Council, Earth Advantage and The Climate Trust.
“We selected Bill from an impressive pool of qualified candidates. Council members agreed that Bill’s extensive professional experience, leadership positions, familiarity with the region, and management style combined to make him the best fit for the organization,” said Council Chair Richard Devlin. “Given Bill’s background and knowledge of the Pacific Northwest, we expect him to hit the ground running and provide a seamless transition in leadership for the organization. We look forward to working with Bill as the Council and the staff build upon our legacy of capably guiding regional policy.”
The 1980 Northwest Power Act authorized Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington to develop a regional power plan and fish and wildlife program to balance the Northwest’s environment and energy needs. The heart of NWPCC’s mission is to preserve the benefits of the Columbia River for future generations.