Interwest Energy Alliance Hires New Executive Director

For Immediate Release
April 22, 2019

The Board of the Interwest Energy Alliance today announced that Rikki Seguin will be its executive director.  The appointment is effective April 29, 2019.  Seguin replaces Sarah Cottrell Propst, who departed in January for a Cabinet position in New Mexico after leading Interwest over a seven-year period.

Seguin, who has been Policy Director at Portland, Oregon-based Renewable Northwest since 2016, has worked for nearly a decade in energy and environmental policy advocacy and organization management and operations in the Intermountain West, the Northwest, and California.

“The Board is thrilled that Rikki has agreed to lead Interwest,” said Kevin Lynch, board president and Avangrid Renewables external affairs managing director.  “She emerged from a very competitive field of applicants to be our first choice to lead the organization as we work at a crucial time to deploy more renewable energy across the six-state Interwest footprint.”

“Rikki’s proven advocacy, coalition-building, and management skills combined with her passion for renewable energy and her love of the Intermountain West make her the ideal leader for Interwest,” said John Nielsen, board vice president and Western Resource Advocates clean energy program director.

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen to lead Interwest,” Seguin said.  “The opportunities and challenges facing renewables in the Intermountain West today are unprecedented, and the decisions made over the next few years will matter for decades to come.  I am very excited to step into this role and work on the issues I care about in a region I love.”

For more information contact:  Lisa Tormoen Hickey, Interwest Energy Alliance. (719) 302-2142                    

Interwest Energy Alliance is a coalition of renewable energy companies and environmental advocacy organizations organized to drive responsible expansion of renewable energy in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.  Over nearly 20 years, Interwest has built a reputation for thoughtful, strategic advocacy of policies and regulatory decisions that have led to the development and operation of several gigawatts of new wind and solar generation that provide clean, affordable, sustainable electric power to utilities, cooperatives, municipalities, and large consumers across the Intermountain West.