The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) announced today that David Littell will join the organization as a principal with its U.S. program. Mr. Littell brings more than 20 years of experience in energy and environmental regulation to RAP. He will support RAP’s growing efforts to integrate energy and environmental policy across the country and provide advice to utility regulators as they accommodate more wind and solar power, energy efficiency, and the “Internet of Things.”
From 2005 through 2010, Mr. Littell served as commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. During his tenure, he became the longest-serving officer of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and served as vice-chairman of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Task Force on Environmental Regulation and Generation. Mr. Littell previously served as commissioner and deputy commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and was a partner at Pierce Atwood.
“We are thrilled to have David join RAP,” said Richard Sedano, principal and director of U.S. programs. “I have enjoyed working with David as a decision-maker, and I believe he has earned the respect of his state colleagues. I am confident he will make a successful transition from government official to government advisor.”
RAP also announced the promotion of Ken Colburn to principal on its U.S. team. “Through his leadership and engagement with state officials across the country, Ken is creating new approaches to improving air quality,” said Sedano. “He’s connecting the dots between clean energy policy and air quality policy, and making connections among government and private sector leaders.”
Colburn has decades of experience advising energy and environmental regulators on air quality and climate-related issues. He will continue to lead RAP’s climate and clean air program, focusing on effective, affordable, and reliable implementation of the Clean Power Plan. Colburn also serves on the boards of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and the National Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives.
“Both David and Ken are highly respected experts who strengthen our ability to serve as a resource to state officials. We have a great team ready to help energy and air regulators cost-effectively meet their goals while continuing to deliver reliable power,” added Sedano.