Vicky Mandell joined the GRID Alternatives Colorado Board of Directors in March of 2016 and has since proven to play an integral role in our local advocacy efforts. Throughout Ms. Mandell’s years of energy and utility experience, she has served as Assistant General Counsel for Xcel Energy and Senior Staff Attorney for Western Resource Advocates Energy Program. Ms. Mandell is considered to be an expert in Colorado’s energy field and has been invited as a panelist, presenter and trainer at numerous energy-focused conferences and seminars. GRID Alternatives Colorado is overjoyed to benefit from Vicky’s legal expertise and her passion for increasing access to renewable energy technology.
Board of Directors
Vicky Mandell, President
Ron Binz was appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter as the Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in January 2007 and served until April 2011. As Chairman, Ron led the Colorado PUC in implementing the many policy changes championed by the Governor and the Legislature to bring forward Colorado’s “New Energy Economy.” Ron was an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, serving as Chair of NARUC’s Task Force on Climate Policy, and as a member of both the Energy Resources and Environment Committee and the International Affairs Committee. He is currently the Principal of Public Policy Consulting and Senior Policy Advisor for the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.
With over 10 years of experience in the energy and power generation industry, Monique Dyers joined the GRID Alternatives Colorado Board of Directors early 2016. Currently serving as the President of Ensight Energy Consulting, LLC, Monique’s professional experience includes providing technical advisory, consulting services and project management assistance to the developers, investors, owners and equipment manufactures of renewable energy projects. Ms. Dyers’ passion for increasing access to renewable energy technologies sets her apart from many in the industry and has proven to be a great asset to GRID Alternatives Colorado.
Craig N. Johnson serves on the firm's Executive Committee and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation primarily for clients in the utilities, banking and financial services industries. He is currently outside general counsel to the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities (CAMU) and the Arkansas River Power Authority, and has represented numerous municipal utilities throughout the state of Colorado. He has represented utilities in environmental claims, insurance coverage and risk management, prosecution and defense of actions related to damage or destruction of facilities, membership disputes in joint action agencies, the negotiation and implementation of smart grid vendor arguments, territorial disputes, challenges to proposed legislation and ballot initiatives, disputes over financing of electric generation facilities, and a variety of other litigation and regulatory matters.
Christine Niska is a Community Affairs Programs Manager for the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, having managed employee volunteerism and collaborative grant programs positioned to engage and leverage expertise and resources of stakeholders, nonprofits and government entities around priorities within their markets. The programs she manages emphasize sustainable building and rehabbing practices for low-to moderate-income homeowners. She received her certification in Corporate Community Involvement Management through the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. A Minnesota native, Christine relocated to the Denver area from Minneapolis in 2009.
Paul Melamed has over thirty years experience with solar energy. He was the founder and President of High Country Sun, Inc. one of Colorado’s first solar contracting companies (1976-1979). In 1979 he merged with Novan Energy, Inc., a Boulder company that became one of the largest U.S. manufactures of solar thermal systems. He was part of the executive team that took the company from start up through IPO and seven years of continuous growth, until the expiration of the solar energy tax credits in 1986. Initially, as General Manager/V.P., he was responsible for setting up one of the largest solar distribution companies in the western U.S. Then as V.P. of Operations, he successfully transformed the procurement, manufacturing and logistics operations into efficient profit generating organizations.
Rochelle Rabeler, a partner at Holland and Hart, has focused her practice on project development, project financing, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, with a particular emphasis in the renewable energy and infrastructure sector. She has advised developers, investors, sponsors and independent power producers in connection with wind, solar and geothermal projects throughout the United States, varying in size from 100 kw to 1000 MW. She joined the board of GRID Alternatives Colorado in the winter of 2015.
Ms. Rabeler's full bio can be found at http://www.hollandhart.com/rnrabeler/