We wanted to take a moment to thank our three retiring Board members — Lang Durfee (Bethel Mills), Chad Farrell (Encore Renewable Energy), and Karen Jernigan (Circuit) — for their service. A special thank you goes to Chad Farrell who chaired the Conference Committee for several years.
Jake Clark, Vice President of Project Development and Associate Regulatory Counsel, Encore Renewable Energy
Jake Clark is the Vice President of Project Development and Associate Regulatory Counsel at Encore Renewable Energy. At Encore, Jake has developed more than 35MW of solar and storage projects in Vermont alone. Jake also worked in energy regulatory law in Washington DC and as a Staff Attorney for the Vermont Department of Public Service representing the interests of the state in a variety of cases before the Public Utility Commission. Jake has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University, and he earned his J.D. at the George Washington University Law School.
Lydia Lee, Geologist and Senior Project Manager, VHB
Lydia Lee is a Senior Geologist and Project Manager at VHB with over a decade of professional consulting experience successfully managing and implementing complex environmental projects for public and private entities throughout Vermont and New England. Lydia is passionate about projects that improve the environment and surrounding communities, including the development and maintenance of renewable energy facilities. Lydia has extensive experience navigating the regulatory environment in Vermont, and finds success by bringing together teams of specialists to collaborate and support challenging projects or initiatives/.
Arion Thiboumery, Co-Owner of Vermont Tissue Paper Mill Hydroelectric Facility
Arion Thiboumery owns and operates two small-scale hydroelectric dams and a small-scale solar field in Vermont. Arion has been active in the Vermont Independent Power Producers Association and has a background in meat processing and sustainable agriculture. Arion holds a PhD in Rural Sociology from Iowa State University.
Sarah Wolfe, Consultant, Wolfe Communications
Sarah Wolfe manages Wolfe Communications, helping climate and clean energy organizations strengthen communications and outreach. Through a career that has spanned public relations, content development, advocacy, regulatory engagement, and direct customer service, Sarah Wolfe has helped advance climate and clean energy solutions in Vermont and nationally. Sarah has worked in policy and communication roles in the private, public, and non-profit sectors at Sunrun, the VPIRG, the Energy Action Network, and Efficiency Vermont. She also chairs the Northfield Energy Committee.