Susan Ackerman, chief energy officer at Eugene Water and Electric Board and a widely respected voice in regional energy policy, announced May 26 that she will retire in July.

Ackerman served on the Oregon PUC from 2010 to 2016, and was chair during her last four years on the commission. She also served as chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Electric Committee, on the Electric Power Research Institute's Advisory Committee and as a NARUC representative on the NARUC-U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Working Group.

Prior to serving on OPUC, she was an energy attorney for eight years representing clients in electricity and natural gas matters, including integrated resource planning, competitive solicitations, transmission services, reliability standards, power sales contracting, and electric and natural gas rate issues.

Ackerman began her career in 1989 as the manager of regulatory affairs and associate counsel at NW Natural.

"It has been a privilege to work with Susan over the years," David Danner, chair of the Washington UTC, said in a prepared statement. "I sought her advice many times on difficult regulatory and policy issues, and she has always been insightful, strategic, and generous with her time. I will miss working with her."

Frank Lawson, EWEB CEO and general manager, praised Ackerman's work to develop and implement the utility's energy strategy.

"Susan has been instrumental in developing and implementing EWEB's energy strategy and influencing and representing EWEB within the region," Lawson said. "She has been an integral part of our leadership team and developing our people within the energy division."

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