Richard Sedano is director of RAP’s U.S. programs. He advises state commissions and other decision-makers, often working with them in workshop settings, on energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, pricing, smart grid, transmission, and wholesale electric market issues. Mr. Sedano is also engaged in several projects that address the “power sector of the future.” In December 2012, he was elected to RAP’s board of directors.

Prior to joining RAP in 2001, Mr. Sedano served as commissioner for nine years and held various engineering staff positions with the Vermont Department of Public Service (VDPS). VDPS represents utility consumers in all regulatory matters and acts as the state’s energy office and consumer advocate. He also worked as an engineer in power generation for Philadelphia Electric Company.

In November 2009, Mr. Sedano was awarded the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Mary Kilmarx Award. In September 2011, the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) presented him with an award for his service. Mr. Sedano served as chair of NASEO from 1998-2000. He is a member of the board of directors of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships and co-chair of its Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification Forum. Mr. Sedano received his bachelor’s in engineering from Brown University and his master’s degree in engineering management from Drexel University.