Richard Sedano, director of RAP's US programs, served as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service (VDPS) for nine years before joining RAP in 2001. Prior to serving as commissioner, he held various engineering staff positions at VDPS, which represents utility consumers in all regulatory matters and is the state's energy office and consumer advocate. He also worked as an engineer in power generation for Philadelphia Electric Company.
With RAP, Mr. Sedano advises state commissions and other decision-makers and works with them in workshop settings on energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, pricing, smart grid, transmission, and wholesale electric market issues. Mr. Sedano is supporting FERC-NARUC Collaboratives, and the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, among other projects that promote policy advances through engagement. In December 2012, he was elected to RAP's Board of Directors.
In November 2009, Mr. Sedano was awarded the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Mary Kilmarx Award. In September 2011, he received an award from the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) for his service. Mr. Sedano served as chair of NASEO from 1998-2000. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships and co-chair of its EM&V Forum. Mr. Sedano received his BS in engineering from Brown University and his MS in engineering management from Drexel University.