Senior Manager of Public Policy, Sunrun Inc.
Nicole W. Sitaraman is a Senior Manager of Public Policy at Sunrun, Inc. In this role, Nicole manages Sunrun’s engagement in legislative and regulatory policy initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining Sunrun, Nicole served as an Assistant People’s Counsel in the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia (DC OPC). She was the People’s Counsel’s advisor on renewable energy policy issues and team leader of DC OPC’s Energy Efficiency and Sustainability division. Nicole represented District of Columbia ratepayers before the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, Council of the District of Columbia, PJM Interconnection, as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Nicole was DC OPC’s liaison to the Consumer Advocates of the PJM States, Inc. (CAPS) and played a key role in enhancing the engagement of consumer advocates in the PJM stakeholder process. She provided substantial input on several clean energy bills passed by the DC Council including the Community Renewables Energy Amendment Act of 2013, Renewable Portfolio Standard Amendment Act of 2014, Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014 and the Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Act of 2016. She was the principal coordinator of DC OPC’s first ever city-wide consumer education symposium – Horizons 2015: Uniting Energy, Technology and Consumers, as well as Chair of the Distributed Energy Resources Committee of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA).
Nicole has been a featured speaker on solar energy policy on several occasions, including but not limited to the following engagements:
- American Association of Blacks in Energy: Annual Conference, “Energy, Equity and Environmental Justice,” March 2017
- MDV-SEIA: Solar Focus 2016, “Solar Development in Urban Areas,” November 2016
- National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA): Annual Meeting, “Electric Vehicle Integration,” November 2016
- 2016 Green The Church Summit – Baltimore, “Energy Equity and Shifting to Cleaner Power,” October 2016
- National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC): Annual Meeting, “All Under One Roof – Solar Policy Alternatives,” November 2015
Prior to working in renewable energy advocacy, Nicole was a senior attorney in a nationally-recognized civil and employee rights law firm where she represented numerous workers in race discrimination, sexual harassment, environmental and nuclear whistleblower retaliation cases. Nicole is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), Women in Government Relations (WGR) and the Sierra Club. She is also a former board member of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Sierra Club. Nicole earned a B.A. in English from Yale University (2000) and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law (2004). Nicole and her husband are the proud owners of a 3.1 kw solar panel system on their home in Ward 4 in Washington, D.C.