Heather Bailey has been appointed as executive director of energy strategy and electric utility development at the City of Boulder, effective June 7, 2012.

The recently created, two-year fixed term position, which can be extended if necessary, will provide direction in the creation of both short and long term energy strategies, guide the city in the implementation of new methods of energy management and pursue the next steps in the analysis of potential municipalization of Boulder’s electric distribution system.

Bailey will also help manage the city’s Energy Future project, and will be responsible for establishing an operations and business plan for the successful potential transition from Xcel Energy operations to city-run operations.

“Heather brings with her a wealth of experience and a clear understanding about the steps we need to take as we chart our energy future,” said City manager Jane S. Brautigam. “In addition to having many of the abilities and skills we were looking for, her experience in the utility industry includes both public and private power as well as a commitment to renewable energy sources.”
 
Bailey has more than 30 years of experience in the utility industry, the majority in public power, and has served as a regulator, utility executive, and consultant.

She has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and has received numerous appointments from the American Public Power Association (APPA) including Chair of the APPA Business and Finance Section in 2001.