POLICY COMMITTEES

identifying and addressing Renewable Hydrogen policy and regulatory issues

RHA POLICY PRINCIPLES

RHA has established six policy principles that guide our engagement in policy and regulatory activities on behalf of our members:

  1. Create And Incentivize A Robust Hydrogen Market
  2. Integrate Equity Across Projects, Programs and Policy
  3. Develop And Expand Workforce and Economic Development Efforts To Support The Clean Energy Transition
  4. Reduce Climate Pollution From Multiple Sectors to Net Zero or Net Negative Carbon Emissions
  5. Advance Clean Transportation
  6. Prioritize Safety

 

Policy Committee Chair

Chad Stokes

Chad Stokes is a partner at Cable Huston LLP where he represents clients on energy, administrative law, and public utility matters. Chad has significant experience in both electric and natural gas matters and represents clients including project developers, consumer-owned utilities and end-use customers on commercial transactions, contract negotiations, rate proceedings, compliance issues, permitting, regional power and transmission issues, retail rate and service issues, administrative litigation, and other regulatory matters. Chad also has experience in the financing, development, and sale of renewable generation facilities, utility infrastructure siting and permitting, and wholesale power, interconnection and transmission agreements. Chad holds a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Oregon Policy Subcommittee Chair

Elizabeth Crouse

Elizabeth Crouse provides business-focused solutions for U.S. federal, state, and international tax problems in a variety of transactions and investment structures. She has particular experience assisting multinational businesses and investor, developer, and operator clients in the renewable energy and carbon capture industries, including storage and secondary market acquisitions of renewables facilities by taxable and tax-exempt organizations. Elizabeth has significant experience navigating the challenges and opportunities of the U.S. federal and state renewable energy and carbon capture tax incentive programs (including the investment tax credit, production tax credit, and 45Q credit), Opportunity Zones incentive, post-TEFRA partnership audit rules, and compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).

Elizabeth has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine and is the practice group coordinator of the global Power practice and the co-director of the Seattle chapter of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy.

 

Oregon Policy Subcommittee Vice-Chair

Natalie Reid

Natalie is an environmental and energy attorney at K&L Gates LLP. Her practice focuses on advising clients on regulatory matters affecting the acquisition and operation of renewable energy facilities. Her practice also includes advising clients on water rights and land use issues. Natalie holds a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Washington.

 

Washington Policy Subcommittee Chair

Eli Font

Eli is a Senior Associate at Cadeo Group where she leads a number of research projects in deep decarbonization of buildings, transportation and the power sector. Eli has worked for international organizations, the private sector, NGOs and academia, in topics ranging from commercial solar development in NY to power system market structure analysis in Panama to national energy security modeling in Tbilisi, Georgia.  

Prior to joining Cadeo, Eli worked for United Nations Environment Program supporting the governments from Latin America and the Caribbean to develop and implement clean energy initiatives and projects to accelerate their energy transition.  

Elizabeth holds a B.S. in Chemistry, a Master’s in Environmental Science, and a graduate degree in Economics from Universidad de la República, Uruguay, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University. 

Washington Policy Subcommittee Vice-Chair

Matt Kirsch

Matt brings six years of experience with Rockwell Automation and other process control engineering companies working for clients in a variety of industries, including electricity utilities, waste to energy research, EV manufacturing, semiconductor, and food and beverage. He has worked on each layer of the systems involved in controlling process equipment and managing data integration for use by higher-level enterprise software applications. He holds a BS in chemical engineering from Oregon State University, is certified in energy procurement by the American Energy Engineers, and is continuing part-time graduate study in energy policy at Portland State University.