Meet Our Expert

Rick Counihan

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs


Rick has over 25 years of experience helping private sector firms navigate the energy regulatory and legislative environment, including with Fortune 500 firms like Southern California Edison and Google, as well as innovative start-up firms including Green Mountain Energy, EnerNoc and Nest.

In addition to his business experience, Rick has legislative experience at the state and federal levels including as Staff Director of the Energy Committee in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he authored the second state appliance efficiency law in the U.S., and six years on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s staff in the U.S. House of Representatives as the lead professional staff on the Energy Efficiency title of the Energy Policy Act of 1992.

Rick has testified before state legislatures and before the public utility commissions in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Virginia as well as the California Energy Commission.

Rick also was Vice President at the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), a nonprofit research institute affiliated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to build public private partnerships to improve the nation’s electricity system and throughout his career has served on the boards of directors of various energy related trade associations.

Rick has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College.  

  • Energy Utility Regulation
  • Legislative Process
  • Electric Industry
  • Energy Efficiency Policy
  • Early-stage Company Development
  • Head of Energy Regulatory and Government Affairs, Nest Labs/Google
  • VP Government Affairs, EnerNOC
  • VP Electricity Innovation Institute, EPRI
  • Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
  • Professional Staff Member, Energy and Commerce Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Staff Director, Energy Committee of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • Masters, Public Policy, Harvard University
  • B.A., Economics, Pomona College