Richard Sedano

Senior Director, Innovation

Richard Sedano brings decades of industry and regulatory experience in developing creative, context-specific energy policies, and he continues to advise governments on the “power sector of the future” and energy efficiency policy. From 2017 until early in 2024, Sedano was RAP’s first CEO. He is now RAP’s Senior Director for Innovation. In both capacities he works collaboratively with our regional leadership to advance power sector reform and environmental policy, cost-effective paths to a low-carbon energy sector, and practical solutions to the challenges of integrating renewable energy sources into the grid and scaling up distributed energy resources.

As a former director of RAP’s U.S. program, he advised state utility commissions and other decision-makers, often working with them in workshop settings, on energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, pricing, grid modernization, transmission and wholesale electric market issues.

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

In November 2009, Richard 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. Sedano served as chair of NASEO from 1998-2000.

Richard Sedano attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City and received his bachelor’s in engineering from Brown University and his master’s degree in engineering management from Drexel University.