Board Members

Richard Cowart

Board President

Richard is a Principal in Energy and Climate Policy with the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). He sits on the Executive Committee of the IEA’s Demand-Side Management program and the Environmental Advisory Committee of the New York ISO. With deep experience on energy and environmental issues in the US, China, Brazil, and the European Union, and with a particular focus on climate policy, Richard is a highly experienced regulator. He served as chair of the Electricity Advisory Committee of the US Department of Energy for three terms, as commissioner and chair of the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) for thirteen years, as president of the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners, as chair of the US Regulators’ Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, and on many other national energy boards. Richard received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and his Juris Doctorate and master’s in city planning from UC Berkeley.

Chip Stone

Board Vice President

Chip has been a member of the VEIC Board since 2000, currently serving as Vice President. Now retired, his working life was spent primarily in the world of finance and commercial banking, both in Vermont and Colorado. Chip also served several terms in the Vermont House of Representatives and as the Commissioner of Economic Development under Governor Madeleine Kunin. In addition to his current board work with VEIC, Chip is active with the Regulatory Assistance Project, Shelburne Farms, and a cross-country touring center in Vermont of which he is a Partner. Chip holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College as well as post graduate studies in finance and accounting.

Sue Coakley

Board Treasurer

Known as a champion of collaboration and for her expertise in energy efficiency policies and strategies, Sue is a frequent speaker at national and regional forums and serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. She founded the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) in 1996, and continues to serve as Executive Director and board member. Previously, Sue lead energy efficiency efforts at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, where she directed collaborative efforts to develop, implement, and evaluate ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs. She holds a master's degree in natural resource management and administration from Antioch/New England Graduate School and a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from Windham College.

Michael Dworkin

Michael is a Professor of Law and Founder of the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School. He has been a utility regulator, an appellate litigator, and management partner in an entrepreneurial telecommunications engineering firm. Michael is also the Vermont Low Income Trust for Energy's nominee to the Board of VELCO, which manages Vermont’s electricity transmission system. In the past he has been Chairman of the Vermont Public Service Board, a board member on the executive committee of the Electric Power Research Institute, and a director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. He was received multiple awards for his work in the environmental field. Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

John Gilroy

John Gilroy is Director of US Public Lands with Pew Charitable Trusts. Over his career, he has consulted with various national foundations and organizations focused on developing and promoting campaigns to protect old-growth forests, critical habitat, and roadless areas in national forests. John spent a year at the Rockefeller Family Fund as a program associate, and from 1988 to 1992 served as Executive Director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. John serves on the boards of the Alaska Wilderness League and Public Interest Projects, in addition to VEIC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and politics from New York University and received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

Colin Owyang

Colin has served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) since February 2016. Colin previously served as the Deputy Attorney General in Massachusetts, overseeing the criminal bureau and the public protection bureau. Colin worked for nearly eleven years at National Grid, including six as Senior Vice President and U.S. General Counsel. Colin's public-sector experience also includes serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, DC, and as a Trial Attorney in the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. Colin received a bachelor's and master's degree from Yale University, and a Juris Doctor degree from University of Michigan Law School.

Meg Power

Dr. Meg Power has been President and Executive Director of Economic Opportunity Studies (EOS) of Washington, DC since 1997. EOS is a non-profit research group that supports community action agency programs and other community and state organizations that address poverty with policy analysis and program development. Since 1981, Dr. Power has also maintained a private practice as a consultant to the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) of Washington, DC. In that capacity, she provides analysis and strategic support to the federal advocacy efforts of the Community Action network, with particular attention to energy affordability programs. From 1975 - 1981, Dr. Power served on the US Senate staff; first, as Legislative Assistant to Senator Edward W. Brooke (R, MA), then as Minority Staff Director of the Energy and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Subcommittee of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. She holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College at Harvard University.

Nick Richardson

Nick serves as the President of the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), a statewide nonprofit conservation organization. Nick joined VLT in 2012 as the Vice President for Enterprise and Finance and was named President of the organization in December 2017. He has helped accelerate the Farmland Access Program, led efforts to make forest carbon offsets viable for more Vermont forestland owners, and increased VLT's access to capital for land conservation by expanding partnerships. Prior to his time at VLT Nick worked for Encore Redevelopment, now Encore Renewable Energy. He also held a position with VEIC in 2009 managing the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP). Before moving to Vermont Nick spent several years in Boston and Providence working for nonprofits focused on youth leadership and education reform. He received a bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master's of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Gus Seelig

Gus is known for his work safeguarding Vermont’s values and its unique landscape. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, serves on the Vermont Housing Council, and is Vice Chair of Vermont Housing Finance Agency. In a previous role, he served as the Executive Director of the Central Vermont Community Action Council. Gus received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goddard College and completed Harvard University’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

Ellen Zuckerman

Ellen is a leading consultant on energy efficiency who has worked on behalf of clients that include Fortune 100 companies, government entities, large foundations, and nonprofits. Through this work she has helped to design, implement, market, evaluate, and improve energy efficiency programs and policies in dozens of states. Ellen's career in energy efficiency started in Vermont, where she helped award grants to efficiency efforts through the Vermont Community Foundation. She went on to gain hands-on experience performing audits and working with contractors at the Association for Energy Affordability in New York City. Since then she has worked on state energy efficiency policy around the country as a Senior Associate at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project and as an independent consultant. Ellen received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's in Environmental Law and Policy Law from Vermont Law School.

Non-Voting Members