The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has added three utility experts to its staff as regional directors, who will be responsible for expanding SEPA's one-on-one utility support capabilities and developing regionalized events and services for SEPA's utility members.
Christy Herig has been tapped as SEPA's regional director for the eastern U.S., bringing a strong background in the private electric utility industry and solar value analysis to her new role. In addition to 15 years at Florida Power Corp. (now Progress Energy), Herig targeted solar market definition, valuation and assessment as a principal research engineer at the National Center for PV at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Jim Harding now serves as SEPA's regional director for the western U.S. He served as director of power planning and forecasting at Seattle City Light and also worked on developing electricity policy for the California Energy Commission and Northwest Power Planning Council. Harding has provided consulting services for clients including Burbank Water and Power, Public Power Council, Snohomish Public Utility District, Rocky Mountain Institute and the Large Public Power Council.
Tom Nicholas has been hired as SEPA's regional director for the central U.S., bringing more than 20 years of executive-level experience in the electric utility industry to the position. More recently, Nicholas served as central U.S. regional operations manager with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and he has also served and chaired numerous EPRI and EEI utility committees.