The Northwest Power and Conservation Council named Bill Edmonds as its new executive director, effective Aug. 17, the agency said in a June 26 news release. He will replace Steve Crow, who will retire in August after serving 25 years in the position.
Edmonds has had a long career in the utility sector, most recently as director of environmental management and sustainability at NW Natural, which he joined in 2005.
Prior to that, he worked for PacifiCorp as a director of environmental policy from 1991 to 2005, and served as a staff member on the California PUC from 1988 to 1991.
At NW Natural, Edmonds worked with an interdisciplinary team on a strategy to decarbonize the natural gas system using both renewable natural gas and renewable hydrogen. He has an undergraduate degree in political science from Williams College and a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
"The Council staff has been very capably managed by just two executive directors over its 40-year history," said Edmonds in the release. "These leaders have left a legacy of excellence for the region. I'm honored to be joining the Council team and feel a great responsibility to continue their good work."
Council Chair Richard Devlin said, "We selected Bill from an impressive pool of qualified candidates. Council members agreed that Bill's extensive professional experience, leadership positions, familiarity with the region, and management style combined to make him the best fit for the organization."
Crow is the Council's second executive director since its creation in 1980, taking over from the first director Ed Sheets in 1995.