ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has named energy policy expert and seasoned advocate Ashley Slater to lead its regulatory advocacy programs. Slater will join NRECA on May 24.
In her role as vice president of regulatory affairs, Slater will lead NRECA’s regulatory advocacy and policy programs before federal agencies and executive branch departments. She also will lead collaboration among NRECA-member cooperatives on energy policy, market design matters and emerging industry trends impacting utility operations.
“Ashley’s extensive experience in government affairs, including advocacy for electric cooperatives, makes her an excellent leader for NRECA’s regulatory programs,” said NRECA CEO Jim Matheson. “Ashley will lead a team responsible for managing key regulatory issues, from matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to environmental regulations, that impact electric co-ops and their consumer-members.”
Slater most recently served as vice president, government affairs and policy, for PNGC Power, a Portland, Oregon-based generation and transmission cooperative with service territory in seven western states. Prior to that, Slater was a senior principal, legislative affairs, for NRECA, advocating for electric co-ops before the U.S. Congress. She also has held numerous positions within government, serving at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the departments of Commerce and Energy, and on Capitol Hill.
“I am thrilled to return to NRECA to advance regulatory priorities during a time of rapid change in the energy sector,” Slater said. “It’s critical that federal regulators understand the needs of electric cooperatives, which are focused on providing affordable and reliable power to 42 million Americans. I look forward to working with a talented team and serving the needs of NRECA’s member cooperatives.”
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national trade association representing nearly 900 local electric cooperatives. From growing suburbs to remote farming communities, electric co-ops serve as engines of economic development for 42 million Americans across 56 percent of the nation’s landscape. As local businesses built by the consumers they serve, electric cooperatives have meaningful ties to rural America and invest $12 billion annually in their communities.