Director, Western Transmission
Carl Zichella directs NRDC’s ongoing effort to make the siting of renewable energy transmission in the West more efficient and environmentally responsible. Working with stakeholders from environmental organizations, renewable energy companies, regulatory agencies, and the general public, he crafts solutions that will help accelerate clean energy development while respecting wildlife and habitat. Zichella served in various leadership capacities at the Sierra Club for 23 years prior to joining NRDC. In November 2013, he was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Gridwise Architectural Council and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s Transmission Expansion Planning and Policy Committee. He works out of NRDC’s San Francisco and Sacramento offices.