Eric (Ric) Redman is Senior Policy Advisor for Energy and Climate. Ric’s practice centers on energy, climate, and clean tech development, including policy and project development, and public advocacy. In addition to thirty-three years as a lawyer in these sectors, Ric is the former President & CEO of Summit Power Group, a developer of wind, solar, and other climate-friendly power plants, and Co-Founder & CEO of Thunderbolt Clean Energy, a clean tech consulting firm.
For many years Ric served as lead counsel for the industrial customers of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and as outside environmental and regulatory counsel for the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). He was a major negotiator and drafter of the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act (“Northwest Power Act”) as well as hydroelectric power legislation in Alaska. He has negotiated and drafted dozens of power sales agreements, project development agreements, finance agreements, project transfer agreements, and other contracts in the electric power sector.
Ric has litigated before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for several Circuits, and various U.S. District Courts, as well as the Washington Supreme Court, the King County Superior Court, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and several state utilities commissions, particularly the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA).
Ric is a member of the boards of directors of the Global Carbon Capture & Storage Institute (GCCSI), the Northwest African-American Museum (NAAM), Phillips Academy (Andover), and EarthTalk, a climate and sustainability media company. He serves on the advisory boards of various clean tech companies and the Methow Conservancy, a land trust.
Ric is also a Senior Policy Fellow and Lecturer at the School of Global Policy (GPS) at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where he works on the Deep Decarbonization Initiative (D2I) and shares teaching responsibility for a Masters Degree course on Real World Projects in Energy & Environment.
Earlier Ric served as legislative assistant to the late U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson (D-WA), and wrote The Dance of Legislation, a best-selling account of Congressional creation of the National Health Service Corps. He wrote “Neustadt in Brazil” for Guardian of the Presidency, a biography of Richard E. Neustadt, as well as the Introduction to the Portuguese language edition of Neustadt’s Presidential Power. Ric has also written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Legal Times, Open Spaces, and other publications. He was a Contributing Editor to Rolling Stone magazine.
A lifelong Seattle resident, Ric was educated at Harvard College, Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and Harvard Law School. His wife Heather Redman is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Flying Fish Capital, a Seattle-based venture capital firm. Heather and Ric’s three grown children also live in Seattle.