Energy Trust of Oregon Board of Directors elects officers for 2018
Board receives reports on positive 2017 annual results and outcomes of independent financial audit
PORTLAND, Ore. — April 16, 2018 — At its February meeting, Energy Trust of Oregon’s Board of Directors elected new officers for 2018. Roger Hamilton was elected president, Alan Meyer was elected vice president and Mark Kendall was elected secretary. Susan Brodahl was re-elected treasurer.
“The members of our board bring a range of perspectives from across Oregon, in both geographic and industry sector experiences,” said Michael Colgrove, executive director, Energy Trust. “Having this range of skills and viewpoints provides valuable insight and leadership to our organization.”
Energy Trust board of directors represents a broad spectrum of expertise from the private sector and public institutions from across Oregon. The board determines strategic and policy direction for the nonprofit, which designs and delivers programs that help residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers save energy and generate renewable power. The 13-member board approves the organization’s annual budget and major expenditures.
The new president, Roger Hamilton, recently retired from his role as a consultant with Western Grid Group. A Eugene resident, Hamilton has a long history of public service, previously as a Klamath County commissioner, a member of the Oregon State Parks Commission and an Oregon Public Utility commissioner.
The Energy Trust board selected Alan Meyer, a Salem resident and recently retired director of energy management for Weyerhaeuser Company, as vice president. Meyer joined the board in 2005, bringing expertise in energy efficiency for industrial operations. Prior to his retirement, Meyer held roles at PacifiCorp and Willamette Industries.
Mark Kendall, the newly elected secretary, is a Salem resident with more than 30 years of experience in energy management and renewable resource development in Oregon. He founded Kendall Energy in 2009 after almost two decades at the Oregon Department of Energy.
The returning treasurer, Susan Brodahl, is a vice president in the Portland office of Heffernan Insurance Brokers and an owner of Heffernan Group. Brodahl previously worked for Saif Corporation and as an insurance regulator for the California Worker’s Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau.
In addition, several board members extended their length of service for one more term until 2021, including Mark Kendall; Lindsey Hardy, Bend Energy Challenge, Bend; Eddie Sherman, Against the Current Consulting Group, Portland; and Anne Haworth Root, EdenVale Winery and Eden Valley Orchards, Medford.
Other members currently serving on Energy Trust’s board include Melissa Cribbins, Coos County Commission, Coos Bay; Dan Enloe, retired from Intel, Washington County; Debbie Kitchin, InterWorks LLC, Portland; John Reynolds, University of Oregon, Eugene; Janine Benner, Oregon Department of Energy; and Stephen Bloom, Oregon Public Utility Commission, Salem. Representatives from the OPUC and the Oregon Department of Energy serve as non-voting board members.
2017 Results Indicate Strong Performance
At its April meeting, board members received two performance updates from Energy Trust. First was a report from Energy Trust’s independent financial auditor, Moss Adams, which conducted an audit of the organization’s 2017 financial statements. An annual financial audit is required by Energy Trust’s grant agreement with the Oregon Public Utility Commission.
Energy Trust received an unmodified report, which means that its financial statements fairly represent the health of the organization, in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Moss Adams identified no material findings or issues, making this the 15th year Energy Trust received a clean report from the independent audit, the best result that an organization can earn.
While presenting the results to the board, Moss Adams auditors cited strong internal controls and capable staff at Energy Trust.
Board members also received a preliminary report of Energy Trust’s 2017 results. Last year, Energy Trust helped utility customers save more electricity than ever before, and maintained record natural gas savings for the second year in a row. These savings were achieved at even lower costs than in 2016. Energy Trust’s full annual report to the board and Oregon Public Utility Commission is available online at www.energytrust.org/reports.
All board meetings are open to the public. View board meeting dates, agendas and materials, including financial audits and performance reports, online at https://www.energytrust.org/about/public-meetings/board-of-directors-meetings/.
Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista save $2.7 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.