About

Interwest Energy Alliance

With the deep policy knowledge, convening skills, and advocacy reach of its diverse Board and staff, Interwest is a leading regional driver for the responsible expansion of renewable energy in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Staff and Consultants:

Rikki Seguin, Executive Director

Email: rikki@interwest.org

Rikki Seguin is the Executive Director of the Interwest Energy Alliance, a non-profit trade association that represents the nation’s leading companies in the renewable energy industry, bringing them together with regional non-governmental organizations in the West (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming). Before joining Interwest in April 2019, Seguin served as the Policy Director for Renewable Northwest, overseeing the development and implementation of a four-state policy agenda to support the responsible development of renewable energy across the Pacific Northwest. Previously, Rikki worked as a community organizer in New Mexico, California, Texas, and Oregon, focusing on clean energy and climate campaigns, and holds degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Florida.

Nate Blouin, Policy Manager

Email: nate@interwest.org

Nate Blouin is the Interwest Energy Alliance’s Policy Manager. Nate joined Interwest in February 2020 and comes from a background in political campaigns, working for candidates in Utah at the city, state and federal levels. He most recently worked for Erin Mendenhall, Salt Lake City’s newly-elected mayor, shaping policy in areas including air quality, transportation, and homelessness. Nate graduated from Brown University with an MPA in 2019 and is also a proud alum of the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. His passion for civic engagement and renewable energy stem from his love of the outdoors: Nate is a competitive runner and avid backcountry skier. Additionally, Nate serves as a member of Salt Lake County’s Open Space Trust Committee and Salt Lake Community College’s Alumni Leadership Council.

Lisa Tormoen Hickey, Owner, Tormoen Hickey LLC, Attorney

Lisa Tormoen Hickey counsels Interwest and other renewable energy and environmental advocates related to energy regulation and energy policy, advocating for clean energy policies throughout the Intermountain West. She leads Interwest’s regulatory advocacy to expand renewable energy markets and promotes education about renewable energy integration and benefits for utilities, commercial interests and electricity consumers. Hickey advises numerous nonprofit and business organizations and several municipalities, and has served on several regional land conservation boards. In 2011, she was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Transmission Siting Task Force to represent renewable energy interests.

State Climate and Energy Policy:

Jim Martin provides consulting services regarding state climate and energy policy to Interwest.  He is senior counsel at Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. since June of 2013. Jim has a wealth of knowledge and experience in environmental and natural resources law, the legislative and administrative process and the political arena, as well as in academia. He applies that experience in helping clients solve permitting and compliance issues, interacting with agencies and legislators, and looking at the “big picture” of energy resource development. Before joining Beatty & Wozniak, Jim was the Regional Administrator for EPA’s Region VIII.  Prior to that,  Jim was the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources under Governor Ritter, a Cabinet level position in which he supervised over 2,000 state employees, and has also been the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Arizona Consulting Team: 

Interwest is represented by Stan Barnes and Ian Calkins of Copper State Consulting Group.

Stan Barnes, a native Arizonan, is the founder and President of Copper State Consulting Group.  For much of the past 25 years, Barnes has been involved in virtually every facet of key political and media-related issues and is viewed as a seasoned veteran of both state and local public affairs battles in Arizona.  Before establishing the firm, Barnes served six years in the Arizona Legislature – first in the State House of Representatives where he was elected in 1988 as the youngest member of the 39th Legislature. He served as Chairman of the Natural Resources & Agriculture Committee, where he was appointed in only his second term in office.  Barnes was elected to the Arizona Senate in 1994 and served as Chairman of the Government Reform Committee. In addition to running his practice, Barnes is a highly regarded political commentator, regularly appearing on Arizona television and radio news programs, as well as frequent guest editorials in state and local newspapers.

Ian Calkins is responsible for handling public affairs and media relations. He brings a broad depth of experience and ability to handle diverse political projects for his clients.  His particular strength is a keen ability to land in un-chartered rural areas and set up shop for clients with planned industrial projects.   His efforts on behalf of Copper State’s clients have also gone beyond Arizona’s borders. He worked on generating media attention in his home state of Colorado, worked to kill adverse legislation in New Mexico and dealt directly with the national media (including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR and CNN) on various issues for clients.  Prior to moving to Arizona, he worked in Washington, D.C. in various public policy and government affairs roles. While in D.C., he served as Legislative Director of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) educating state legislators in all 50 states on tax and fiscal issues; Director of State Relations for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) lobbying on behalf of the automotive aftermarket industry in all 50 states; and, Program Director for Consumer Alert (a free-enterprise policy group) interacting with Congress, the Washington Press Corps and special interest groups/trade associations.

Colorado Consulting Team:

Sol Malick is a Colorado native who has been a lobbyist in the Colorado State Legislature for 11 years who started with his father, Chuck Malick, in 2005. His experience ranges from running political campaigns, legislative campaign strategy and implementation, and building coalitions necessary for success under the golden dome.

Brett Moore: With political and policy experience at the local, state, and federal levels, Brett has worked on behalf of Interwest Energy Alliance since 2011.  As the principle of OnTheBallot, a Denver-based political consulting and lobbying firm, he has worked to advance major legislation and build relationships in Denver and across Colorado.  He hails from a 5th generation family of farmers and ranchers in Northwest Kansas.

Nevada Consulting Team:

Kyle Davis: Interwest is represented by Davis Strategies, a Nevada advocacy and public affairs consulting firm. Kyle J. Davis is the President of Davis Strategies. He is an experienced lobbyist and political strategist working at all levels of government in Nevada. He has successfully navigated difficult issues through the Nevada Legislature, including landmark legislation dealing with energy, public lands, transportation, wildlife, land-use planning, water, and public health. Before founding Davis Strategies in 2013, he served as the Policy & Political Director for the Nevada Conservation League where he directed all of the program work for nearly seven years and represented the conservation community in the 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 sessions of the Nevada Legislature. He has extensive experience in political campaigns, issue management, policy negotiations, and coalition building, is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and holds a Master’s Degree from the George Washington University in Political Management.

Lina Tanner: Interwest is represented before the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada by Tanner Law & Strategy Group, LTF. Lina Tanner is the managing member of the Tanner Law & Strategy Group, LTD, a law and government relations firm certified as a Nevada Local Emerging Small Business and a U.S. SBA Woman Owned Small Business.  Lina specializes in energy, natural resources and land development, and she provides exemplary service to corporate, nonprofit, and governmental entities before the Nevada Legislature, administrative agencies, and the courts in Nevada. As an advocate and policy advisor in the fields of energy, natural resources and land use, Lina has spent her career working with diverse groups to achieve the consensus and cooperation necessary to meet common goals.  She assists Interwest in dockets of interest before the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.  Prior to founding the Tanner Law & Strategy Group in 2016, Lina was General Counsel for the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada where she served as the lead contact before the Nevada Legislature and with Nevada’s federal delegation. Before serving at the Commission, she was Senior Deputy Attorney General to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Corrective Actions.  In the case of In Re: Tronox, she represented the NDEP and led a team of high-level stakeholders, including Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Colorado River Commission, Metropolitan Water District of Los Angeles, and the Central Arizona Project, in achieving the largest environmental contamination settlement in U.S. History.

New Mexico Consultanting Team:

Deborah Torza: Interwest is represented before the New Mexico legislature by Deborah Torza. With more than a decade of experience working on the Federal, State and Local levels, Deborah Torza has become a leading provider of government relations on a broad range of issues. Deborah graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in print journalism. She began working on political campaigns in 2000 and maintains bipartisan relationships with current and upcoming candidates. With experience gained as an analyst with the legislative Tax and Revenue, and Business and Industry Committees, she started her own consulting firm in 2005. Deborah Torza has successfully worked on many diverse and challenging issues specializing in government and community relations, issue management, coalition-building, and strategic communications. Deborah has earned a reputation for her ability to develop consensus among interest groups and individuals with differing agendas and interests.

Joan Drake: Interwest is represented before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission by Joan Drake of Modrall Sperling. Joan has assisted clients for nearly twenty years as a lawyer on utility regulation and environmental permitting matters. In utility matters, Joan represents clients on matters involving state and federal regulation of electric and gas utility rates and service, facility siting, wholesale and retail sales, utility acquisition, renewable energy and Qualifying Facilities (“QF”), electric transmission and interconnection, gas pipelines, power purchase and service agreements, and energy efficiency. In addition to representing clients on individual matters before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (“PRC”), Joan monitors and updates her clients on regulatory and legislative developments of interest to energy, utility, and transmission companies doing business in New Mexico and throughout the West. Best Lawyers in America® has recognized Joan in Energy Regulatory Law since 2017. She presents frequently on environmental law and regulatory issues. Joan currently serves as Chair of the Utility Service Group and Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy Service Group.

 

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