New Staff for Alternative Fuels and Vehicles

  • November 6, 2018

The State Energy Office welcomes Michael Breish into the Energy Division as an Energy Policy Specialist focusing on alternative vehicle fuels and transportation electrification. He is very excited to be returning to civil service and to help Washingtonians have access to cleaner, diversified and more affordable transportation. Having worked with Energy Division folks in his previous role, he’s already grateful to be working with passionate individuals who comprise a great team.

Michael has a background in energy policy, which started with his bachelor of science in atmosphere/energy engineering from Stanford University. His first job out of college was working for Boston Pacific, a consulting firm in Washington D.C. They provided expert witnessing, independent evaluation and support for New England and mid-Atlantic utility commissions.  While there he realized he wanted to work for a state government agency responsible for energy in the hopes of serving citizens in providing maximum public good.

He landed at the Oregon Public Utility Commission in Salem, where he spent three years learning about utility regulation, nuances of Pacific Northwest energy policy and appreciating the small community that is the PNW energy scene. He was responsible for all of Idaho Power regulation, integrated resource planning, renewable energy planning and compliance, community solar and contributed to electric vehicle programming.

Michael moved to Seattle to be with his partner and was fortunate to take a job at the NW Energy Coalition where he was responsible for carbon pricing, transportation electrification, DER planning and renewable natural gas. His first six months were spent working closely with the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy on what is now the 1631 initiative. He also focused extensively on issues of equity and meaningful, accessible policy for vehicle electrification.

Michael loves riding his bike all over Seattle and also enjoys hiking, camping and the other standard PNW outdoor activities.


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