Working Group 6: Regulatory and Environmental Policy Issues

Working Group Leader

Mary Gade

Gade Environmental Group, LLC

Working Group Leader Biography

Mary Gade is currently the President of Gade Environmental Group, LLC, an international consulting firm that provides strategic advice on energy, climate and environmental issues. From October 2006 until June 2008, Ms. Gade served as the Region V Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to her Presidential appointment, she was a Partner in the environmental practice group of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP in Chicago.

Focus of the Working Group

The “Regulatory and Environmental Policy Issues “Working Group will tackle key policy questions related to carbon regulation, environmental impacts of distributed energy resources, and climate impacts and adaptation and mitigation, as well as other issues relevant to the topic that have been raised by previous NextGrid Work Groups or by Working Group 6 Participants through a preliminary survey and during Work Group meetings. Work group 6 will explore opportunities and challenges with regard to technological advances and environmental impacts; identify regulatory and policy approaches for modernizing Illinois’ grid and achieving environmental objectives.

NextGrid Wants Your Input

NextGrid would like to include all perspectives, and welcomes your input. If you are not a member on this working group, but wish to contribute to the discussion with comments related to Working Group meeting agendas and meeting summaries, please submit those comments to All comments will be forwarded to the Working Group Leader. Thank you in advance for your participation in the NextGrid study.

Working Group Members

  • Advanced Energy Economy
  • Illinois Attorney General’s Office
  • Ameren Illinois
  • Clean Energy Trust
  • Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Citizen’s Utility Board
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Elevate Energy
  • ELPC
  • Environmental Entrepreneur (E2)
  • Exelon
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
  • MISO
  • NRDC
  • Paul Centolella & Associates
  • PJM Interconnection (ISO)
  • Proactive Strategies
  • Sierra Club
  • SoCore Energy
  • Sunrun
  • Tesla
  • The Accelerate Group
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Vote Solar
  • Wind on the Wires
  • Wired Group
  • RCHemphill Solutions LLC
  • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
  • Advanced Energy Economy
  • Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)
  • BP America Inc.
  • Brubaker & Associates, Inc.
  • Retail Energy Supplier Association
  • John R. Weinberger LLC
  • Glidepath