The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry, announced that Kate McKeever is the newest addition to its board of directors. As outlined in ESA’s bylaws, McKeever was appointed as a director for the remainder of the 2018 – 2019 term by the current board chair after a position became available earlier this year.
“I am pleased to welcome Kate to the ESA board of directors, as her leadership and regulatory experience will immensely benefit the association and the industry,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of ESA. “ESA strives to ensure inclusivity and diversity in our membership and Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGP-NA) represents an important element in the energy storage value chain. We look forward to the insight and perspective that Kate will lend to the association and the storage industry as a whole.”
McKeever is the director of regulatory and institutional affairs at EGP-NA. She is based in the company’s Andover, Massachusetts headquarters, where she is responsible for government relations and public policy for the U.S. Eastern Region. McKeever joined EGP-NA in April 2017 after 17 years working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she last held the position of general counsel in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in the Baker-Polito Administration.
Prior to EEA, McKeever was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick as a commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to lead the state utility regulatory authority. During her time as a commissioner, the DPU issued two groundbreaking orders on grid modernization and time varying rates. The orders were designed to fundamentally change the way the utilities do business and focused on investments in innovative technologies. During her time at DPU, McKeever also held roles as the chief of staff and hearing officer. Additionally, she worked as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, and served as a legislative aide for the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. McKeever earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Temple University and received her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.
“I am honored to be appointed to the ESA’s board of directors,” said McKeever. “With projects operating and under development in 24 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, EGP-NA is at the forefront of implementing innovative technologies into renewable power plants, and recognizes the importance of the industry’s vision of achieving 35 gigawatts of new storage resources by 2025. As a
former regulator, I am personally dedicated to helping the association realize its mission and vision in a manner consistent with its core values and core principles – particularly focused on deploying storage to enable a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electricity grid.”
EGP-NA, part of the Renewable Energies division of the Enel Group, is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America with projects operating and under development in 24 US states and two Canadian provinces. EGP-NA operates around 100 plants with a managed capacity exceeding 5 GW powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal and solar energy.
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