Lisa Schwartz to lead Oregon Dept. of Energy

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As the new director of the Oregon Department of Energy, Lisa Schwartz will lead implementation of the state's new 10-Year Energy Action Plan.

A clean energy veteran and former Oregon Department of Energy employee has been named director of the state's top energy agency.

Lisa Schwartz will lead the 120-employee department charged with implementing the state's new 10-Year energy Action Plan, which outlines a road map for improving energy efficiency and clean energy infrastructure.

Gov. John Kitzhaber announced the appointment on Thursday.

Schwartz has 25 years of experience in the energy sector. Most recently she was a senior associate at the Regulatory Assistance Project, a global nonprofit, where she advised states on clean energy programs. In addition, she worked with the Western Governors' Association on renewable energy and transmission initiatives.

She has also previously held energy-related positions at Oregon State University, ODOE and the Oregon Public Utility Commission.

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