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. He serves on NRDC's nationwide team working on climate and clean energy issues. He works with environmental organizations, renewable energy and transmission industries, local, state, and national governments, regulators, and the public to find transmission solutions that accelerate renewable energy development while respecting wildlife and land conservation efforts. Zichella is a director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology (CEERT), environmental representative for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council's (WECC) Reliability Assessment Committee, and vice chair of WECC's Scenario Planning Subcommittee. He served as a member of the California Independent System Operator's Energy Imbalance Market Transitional Committee through the market's launch in 2015. He also served on the Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee from 2013 to 2017 and was vice chair between 2016 and 2017. He is based in NRDC's San Francisco office.