As a member of the U.S. team, Megan O’Reilly provides research and expertise on energy and environmental issues to enhance RAP’s policy support to decision-makers.
Before joining RAP in 2018, Ms. O’Reilly worked with the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy (CCAE)—a group of local, regional, and national non-governmental organizations—to advance clean energy policy in New Mexico. She represented the coalition in proceedings before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission involving renewable energy, energy efficiency, rate design, and distributed generation. She also coordinated advocacy to increase renewable energy in rural electric cooperative service areas. During her time with CCAE, Ms. O’Reilly was awarded a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship in Germany. She used the yearlong fellowship to work first with Agora Energiewende and then with RAP’s office in Berlin, exploring ideas of common interest in Germany and the U.S. on energy policy.
Ms. O’Reilly’s work in energy policy is informed by her experience using environmental law to protect communities and the health of the environment. As a staff attorney and later Climate and Energy Program director at the Western Environmental Law Center, she focused on the effects of coal and natural gas production and combustion in the Western United States. Ms. O’Reilly earlier worked as a solo practitioner in California, representing environmental organizations in federal litigation to protect water and air quality and in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing proceedings to restore rivers.
Ms. O’Reilly earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a juris doctor from the University of Colorado. After law school, she clerked at the Colorado Supreme Court for Justice Alex Martinez.