JHB Strategies is veteran clean-energy advocate Julia Bovey using her experience in clean energy and environmental advocacy to break down the still-lingering barriers to deployment of renewable energy and smart grid solutions, the most important weapons in the fight against climate change.
Julia has tracked and shaped US energy policy from four perspectives: non-profit advocacy, renewable project development, and state and federal regulatory reform, most recently as the first Long Island Director of the New York Department of Public Service, where she was able to help craft and implement New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision.
Prior to her appointment to the New York Department of Public Service, Julia was Vice President of Federal Policy at First Wind, then the nation's most innovative independent renewable energy developer. First Wind pioneered battery storage at wind farms in Hawaii, urban brownfields redevelopment on the shores of Lake Erie in Buffalo, and inventive transmission solutions in Maine and Utah, in addition to its best-in-class reputation for engaging stakeholder and working with host communities.
Before First Wind, Julia was appointed by President Barak Obama as Director of the Office of External Affairs for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, working to advance the goal of opening the grid and the regulatory framework to renewable energy and demand-side resources.
Julia received her appointment to FERC while she was the Media Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, known as the most effective lobbying and litigating group on environmental issues. Julia began at NRDC in the Washington, DC office, running communications for the legislative policy agenda, and later took over the larger media team, located in five U.S. cities and Bejing, China.
Julia began her career as a TV news reporter in her native New England, where she developed a passion for translating complicated problems into relatable, compelling information to help to empower citizens to improve their lives.
This desire to create change lead her out of news to advocacy, first at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston, arriving at precisely the time when the threat of climate change forced environmentalists to evolve their traditional model of fighting development to supporting solutions to climate change, our biggest environmental threat.
Bovey holds a BA and an MS from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two sons.