Susan Tierney co-chairs BPC’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative. She is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to companies, governments, non-profits, and other organizations on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation and strategy, and energy facility projects.
Tierney’s expert witness, business consulting, and arbitration services have involved industry restructuring, market analyses, regulatory policies for renewables and energy efficiency, transmission planning, siting and cost-allocation, wholesale and retail market design, contract disputes, resource planning, resource procurement analysis, market monitoring, and asset valuations.
In addition, Tierney’s work has covered regional transmission organizations, siting of generation and transmission facilities and natural gas pipeline projects, natural gas markets, electric system reliability, and environmental policy and regulation. A former assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Energy and state public utility commissioner, she is a member of secretary of energy’s advisory board and has been appointed to the National Petroleum Council.
Tierney also serves as an ambassador for the U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment program, an initiative of the Department of Energy and MIT. In 2012, Tierney received the Hall of Fame award from the New England Clean Energy Council for outstanding achievements in accelerating the region’s clean energy economy. She has published widely, and frequently speaks at industry conferences.