Kate Henningsen Named Arcadia Power’s First COO

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Arcadia Power has appointed Kate Henningsen its new chief operating officer (COO).

Henningsen will focus on scaling Arcadia Power for sustained growth and impact. The company’s nationwide energy service connects anyone who pays a power bill to wind energy, solar power and savings. Founded in 2014, the company says its platform now integrates with more than 100 utilities in all 50 states.

Arcadia Power created the COO position in the wake of the company’s 100% user growth in the last year. Henningsen oversees Arcadia Power’s member experience, analytics and data science, finance, policy, and legal teams. As COO, she will also help expand the executive leadership team.

In her prior role as Arcadia Power’s senior vice president of operations and general counsel, Henningsen oversaw the launch of the company’s two main consumer energy programs, Community Solar and Smart Rate, in complex market environments. Arcadia Power’s Smart Rate program is now active in 13 open energy markets, and the company has more than 40 community solar projects nationwide.

“Start-ups need people who run to problems and solve them. That’s exactly what Kate has done for years at Arcadia Power,” says Kiran Bhatraju, founder and CEO of Arcadia Power. “She cold reached out to me years ago saying she wanted to ‘build something transformational.’ With her helping to lead the way as COO, I’m convinced that we’ll get there in the fight against climate change.”

Prior to joining Arcadia Power, Henningsen was a litigator at an international law firm and a deputy chair at the Clinton Global Initiative. A native of Wisconsin, she is also a member of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Women’s Empowerment Committee and the National Women’s General Counsel Network.

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