Former Senior Official at US Department of Energy, Karen Wayland, to Lead Clean Energy Project

LAS VEGAS (May 17, 2017) – Clean Energy Project (CEP), Nevada’s premier advocacy organization for energy policies that support the state’s dynamic and accelerating clean energy economy, announced Monday that Karen Wayland, a nationally recognized energy expert with a long history in the state, will assume the position of CEP’s Executive Director, effective May 22.

Wayland, who has served in leadership positions at the highest levels of federal government and nonprofit entities and brings nearly two decades of energy experience to CEP, comes most recently from the U.S. Department of Energy, where she established a team for state, local and tribal energy policy for the Secretary of Energy’s policy office and served as senior advisor to the Deputy Secretary.

Wayland has also worked on energy issues in the U.S. Congress, first in the office of Senator Harry Reid and later as senior policy advisor to the Speaker of the House. She also led a national energy and climate coalition as the legislative director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

“When I look across the country at what states are doing to support clean energy—and in doing so, attracting new businesses, creating jobs, and protecting the environment—Nevada is clearly at the forefront, and the Clean Energy Project has been critical to the state’s success,” Wayland said.

“Wayland’s strategic vision for Nevada’s role as a leader in stimulating economic growth through support of clean tech, renewables and innovation economy will continue to position CEP to grow its influence in Nevada and the West,” said board chair, Kathleen Drakulich.

Wayland will succeed Jennifer Taylor, who for the last two years has led CEP’s work to build Nevada’s network of clean energy partners and move significant clean energy policies through the Nevada Legislature and Public Utility Commission of Nevada.

“With Jennifer at the helm, CEP supported the successful ballot initiative for clean energy choice and advocated for new legislation to develop Nevada’s renewable energy resources and energy efficiency potential. The CEP Board is grateful for her contributions and thanks her for her leadership. Taylor will continue to assist CEP as an advisor for state policy.“ Drakulich said.

With deep roots in Nevada’s clean-tech revolution, the Clean Energy Project is Nevada’s premier 501(c)(3) advocacy organization to educate civic, community and business leaders on the importance of smart, forward-looking energy policies that strengthen the State’s economy and improve its environment. CEP is a member of the RenewNV coalition, a partnership of organizations working to build and enhance Nevada’s clean energy economy.

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