Windmills

The Wind Coalition Team

Jeff Clark | Steve Gaw | Sarah Cost | Eric Bearse | Randy Cain | Todd Kercheval | Rich Lombardi | Walter Reid | Curt Roggow | Kimberly Svaty



JEFF CLARK

Executive Director

Powered by the planet’s infinite supply of free wind energy, and producing no emissions, wind-generated electricity has become a well-established, mainstream, domestic energy source.  It provides stably-priced, affordable, reliable, and clean electricity to millions of homes and businesses across America.

This growing industry is also creating economic development opportunities in every corner of the country.  In rural construction sites, on urban factory floors, in shipping facilities across the country, and in offices from coast to coast, wind technologies are putting America back to work and providing much-needed electricity to boost our economic recovery.

For all of these reasons, The Wind Coalition is working to encourage the expanded use of wind power, and Jeff Clark is leading the organization’s efforts throughout America’s Wind Corridor.

Jeff brings nearly two decades of political experience to his work at The Wind Coalition.  Prior to assuming leadership of the coalition in July of 2012, he was Vice President of Governmental Affairs at The Technology Association of America where he crafted, and led legislative efforts to enact, the organization’s pro-technology “innovation agenda” in the fifty states.  He also directed the organization’s grid modernization and alternative energy efforts, including its successful efforts to promote the deployment of smart meters throughout the nation.

Earlier in his career, he led the Texas office of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) as Executive Director. There, he was an advocate for their 34,000 Texas small business members representing them before lawmakers in Texas and in Washington, DC. Recognized for his work on behalf of free enterprise, he was appointed by the George W. Bush administration to serve on the US Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council, which he co-chaired.

Prior to NFIB, he was a Principal at Public Strategies, Inc. (PSI) where he managed policy initiatives, communications campaigns, and crisis response for the firm’s clients including Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and candidates.

He is a veteran of many political campaigns at the local, state, and federal level including the campaigns of President George W. Bush on which he served as a member of the Advance Staff, traveling with the President throughout the United States and internationally. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and studied business at Saint Edwards University.

Contact: Jeff@WindCoalition.org


STEVE GAW

SPP Policy Director

Steve Gaw, former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives and former Chair of the Missouri Public Service Commission, currently consults with the Wind Coalition focusing on policy issues regarding electricity within the Southwest Power Pool region and matters of national interest that impact the advancement of wind energy. He was one of the founding directors of the Organization of MISO States (OMS) and the SPP Regional State Committee. He served in every officer position with the OMS including the office of President.

Steve has been a speaker and moderator in regional, national and international forums on energy policy dealing with both electricity and natural gas. As Speaker of the Missouri House for five years, Steve established a reputation of improving public access to the legislature, leading the Missouri House to broadcast sessions live on the internet, the first in the nation to do so. He was recognized for passing legislation improving education, enhancing public safety, increasing access to health care and cutting taxes for which he received numerous awards. While on the Public Service Commission of Missouri he was noted for his in depth inquiry into complex issues, opening investigations into the  release of protected consumer records and the activities of rating agencies in rate cases, and listening to the concerns of consumers.

Steve is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Truman State University with a BS in Physics and has a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Contact: Steve@WindAdvocacy.org


Sarah Cost

Member Services Director

Contact: Sarah@WindCoalition.org


Eric Bearse

Communications Director

Contact: Eric@WindAdvocacy.org


Randy Cain

Public Policy Consultant – Texas

Randy C. Cain represents clients before the Texas Legislature in the areas of utility law, transportation, municipal affairs, health care law, and other matters. He is recognized in the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Government Relations Law.

Prior to forming his own firm in 2004, Mr. Cain was a partner at Brown McCarroll, LLP. Before a merger with Brown McCarroll in 2003, he was a partner at the Austin law firm of Hilgers & Watkins, PC. Mr. Cain started the Legislative Section at Hilgers & Watkins in December 1994. Prior to that, in 1994 Mr. Cain served as general counsel to the Texas Secretary of State. As general counsel he was chief legal advisor to the Secretary on all matters within agency jurisdiction, including election law, agency administration, ethics, and statutory filings.

In 1993-94, Mr. Cain served as deputy to the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As a member of Secretary Bentsen’s legislative staff at the Treasury Department, he worked on the passage of NAFTA, budget reconciliation and banking regulatory consolidation, among other issues. Mr. Cain met with congressional staff on treasury legislative initiatives, set up meetings with members of Congress and prepared legislative briefings for the Secretary of the Treasury.

Before his work at the Treasury, Mr. Cain was legislative director in Washington, D.C. for Senator Lloyd Bentsen during 1992-93. He directed a legislative staff of twelve persons. He supervised preparation of legislation, floor statements, and the answering of constituent mail.

Prior to his work in Washington, Mr. Cain was the City of Dallas assistant city attorney for legislative affairs, representing the interests of the city council and city manager of the nation’s eighth largest city. He was the city’s legislative liaison with both state and federal legislatures and agencies. In the 1991 session, the Texas legislature passed into law nine bills that were Dallas city priorities.

Before his work in Dallas, Mr. Cain practiced law for three years with Hilgers & Watkins. The majority of his practice consisted of civil trial work, including most areas of commercial litigation and consumer law. He also had an administrative law practice and a legislative practice, and in the 1989 Texas legislative session, was a contract lobbyist for the City of Dallas.

He is a 1986 graduate of Baylor University School of Law, a 1978 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Business Administration, and a graduate of Pampa High School in Pampa, Texas.

Contact: Randy@WindAdvocacy.org


Electric Power Engineers

Technical Consultant – SPP

Since 1968, EPE has provided engineering consulting and management services for Transmission, Distribution and Generation clients. EPE is experienced in every stage of generation project development from site evaluation, wind assessment, feasibility studies, curtailment and nodal analysis, applying for generation interconnection, and coordinating design/engineering/procurement of renewable generation facilities. EPE recently merged forces with International Institute of Geotechnics and Materials (IGM) to provide our clients with geotechnical and civil engineering services. Our President, Hala Ballouz, is currently Vice President of the Texas Renewables Energy Industries Association. Kristen Rodriguez, our Vice President, is currently the Wind Coalition advocate with the SPP.


Todd Kercheval

Public Policy Consultant – Texas

Contact: Todd@WindAdvocacy.org


Rich Lombardi

Public Policy Director – Nebraska

The Wind Coalition’s efforts in Nebraska are led by veteran lobbyist Richard Lombardi and his company American Communications Group, Inc.

Over the past three decades, every piece of Nebraska reneable energy legislation, enacted by the nation’s only Unicameral Legislature, has had the involvement of Rich Lombardi. This expertise encompasses and includes statutes which eventually created the Nebraska Energy Office, state solar easements, renewable tax credits, regulatory incentives for renewables and specific wind energy legiatlion passed since 2008 due to the wind industry’s committment to advocacy in the state.

In the nation’s only public power state, Rich served as a member of the Board of Directors of the lincoln Electric System, the publically-owned energy system serving Nebraska’s capital city. During this tenure, Lombardi was elected Chairman of the Power Supply Committee.

Celebrating more than 26 years of service, american Communications Gruop, Inc. (ACG) provides policy research, political consulting and advoccy services to The Wind Coalition’s members by navigating the unique political landscape of Nebraska. Through the building of a deep network of advocates, ACG deploys an array of communications to better move the wind interests of the state.

From organizing a statewide wind energy educational tour on behalf of AWEA to organizing polling for a collaboration of TWC, AWEA and the Energy Foundation to the annual Nebraska Wind Conference Planning efforts, Lombardi and Co are the voice for wind energy industry advocacy in Nebraska.

Contact: Rich@WindAdvocacy.org


Walter Reid

Technical and Regulatory Consultant – ERCOT

Walter Reid is currently representing the Wind Coalition at ERCOT as well as providing support for proceedings at the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Walter is also consulting with a number of wind-power developers concerning ERCOT market rules and assisting with the business aspects of various contracting issues. He was heavily involved in the development of both the zonal and the nodal market rules for ERCOT and continues to help update those rules.

Before Walter starting consulting in 1995 he worked for the Lower Colorado River Authority for 25 years in a variety of engineering, managerial, and executive management positions. Walter was Executive Director of Electric Operations for several years in charge of all of LCRA’s transmission, generation, fuels, and contracting activities. He continues to provide consulting support to the LCRA today.

Mr. Reid received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University and spent six years in the Navy Nuclear Submarine service before coming to Austin.

Contact: Walter@WindAdvocacy.org


Curt Roggow

Public Policy Director – Oklahoma

Curt Roggow is a government consultant and registered lobbyist in the state of Oklahoma. For over 18 years, Curt Roggow has been involved in Oklahoma’s political process developing good relationships while understanding the dynamics of grassroots representation, pro-business issues and political strategy.

Curt completed a successful career in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006. Representative Roggow served as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader and Chairman of the Appropriation and Budget Sub Committee on Natural Resources. As chairman, Curt worked closely with state water and environmental projects by authoring legislation to dedicate revenue to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and Oklahoma Conservation Commission. Curt also severed on the staff of US Congressman Frank Lucas from 1994-96.

In 2007, he created Roggow Consulting, LLC, because he thoroughly enjoys using his skill to guide others through the legislative process for the betterment of Oklahoma and our nation.

Curt is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a BS in Agricultural Economics. Curt and his wife Allison have four children and live in the small community of Hillsdale, Oklahoma.

Contact: Curt@WindAdvocacy.org


Kimberly Svaty

Public Policy Director – Kansas

Kimberly Gencur-Svaty is the owner and principle in Gencur Svaty Public Affairs, a government relations, communications and public affairs firm incorporated in Topeka, Kansas. Prior to starting GSPA, Kimberly served as Vice-President Government Affairs and Community Relations for ITC Great Plains, a transmission-only utility operating across the Great Plains region. Kimberly was one of three individuals tasked with creating the company from scratch and doing something that has never been done before in the energy industry- receiving a utility designation by a Corporation Commission without having utility assets.

Previously Kimberly served as Government Affairs Director for Aquila, an electric and natural gas utility that served seven Midwest states and Sprint where Kimberly had responsibility for a seven-state region concerning wireless, wireline and VOIP public policy. Kimberly also was tasked at Sprint and Aquila for creating and growing both organizations’ state and federal PACs- including at Sprint where Kimberly raised $500,000 for the PAC in less than six months. Serving as the Program Assistant for the newly-established Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, KS and working for the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in Washington D.C. provided Kimberly’s entrée into the political realm. Her passion remains with creating good and effective public policy.

Kimberly is a graduate of the University of Kansas receiving a Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Political Science and History and a Master of Arts degree in International Studies also from KU. Volunteer activities include working with the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and community speaking on leadership. In May of 2007, Kimberly married Joshua Svaty, a farmer who also represents the 108th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. They are content to reside with their animals in their “little yellow house on the hill” in rural Ellsworth County, Kansas.

Contact: Kimberly@WindAdvocacy.org