Dec. 3, 2012
Lisa Schwartz returns to state government with 25 years of experience in energy policy, regulation and education.
Schwartz comes to the Oregon Department of Energy after serving as a senior associate at the Regulatory Assistance Project, a global nonprofit group that provides assistance to government officials on energy and environmental issues. In that capacity, she advised states on clean energy programs, worked with the Western Governors’ Association on renewable energy and transmission initiatives, and managed technical advice for federal studies. She also served on the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s Transmission Expansion Planning Policy Committee.
Schwartz began state service in 1987 as assistant administrator of the Oregon State University Extension Energy Program.
In 1995, she joined the Oregon Department of Energy, where she helped establish the state’s stable funding and third-party administrator for energy efficiency and renewable resource programs. She also led an annual conservation campaign with electric and natural gas utilities and chaired a committee that developed renewable energy and market-based options for electricity consumers.
At the Oregon Public Utility Commission from 2002 through early 2009, she helped develop the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, directed analysis of utility resource plans and competitive bidding processes, and led staff work on renewable resources, distributed generation and peak demand management.