April 19, 2012 - Boulder names executive director of energy strategy & electric utility development
The City of Boulder announced today that Heather Bailey has accepted the position of executive director of energy strategy and electric utility development effective June 7, 2012.
Bailey will help manage the city’s Energy Future project. The recently created, two-year fixed term position, which can be extended if necessary, will provide direction in the creation of both short- and long-term energy strategies, guide the city in the implementation of new methods of energy management and pursue the next steps in the analysis of potential municipalization of Boulder’s electric distribution system.
“Heather brings with her a wealth of experience and a clear understanding about the steps we need to take as we chart our energy future,” said City Manager Jane S. Brautigam. “In addition to having many of the abilities and skills we were looking for, her experience in the utility industry includes both public and private power as well as a commitment to renewable energy sources. Her knowledge will be a solid base for our organization as we move forward with this initiative.”
Bailey has more than 30 years of experience in the utility industry, and has served as a regulator, utility executive, and consultant. The majority of her career has been in public power, with positions including controller, treasurer, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of Corporate Services, and Executive Director of Transmission Business Services and Asset Development.
Bailey has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and has received numerous appointments from the American Public Power Association (APPA) including Chair of the APPA Business and Finance Section in 2001.
“I am honored and thrilled to have been chosen for this amazing opportunity by such a progressive community,” said Bailey. “Boulder is an intelligent, gracious and welcoming city, and I can’t wait to get there and get started on this important project.”
The new executive director will be charged with establishing an operations and business plan for the successful potential transition from Xcel Energy operations to city-run operations. The person hired for this job is unlikely to be the person responsible for the day-to-day operations of a local electric utility, if formed. A search will be held for an electric utility general manager position later if it is determined that the City of Boulder can successfully make the transition to running its own electric utility.
For more information about the Energy Future project, including a complete executive directory job description, visit www.BoulderEnergyFuture.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 June 2012 07:49