Ms. Prochnik is a trusted advisor to the energy and environmental sector. She is a native Californian and enjoys working to solve the impossible. She brings over 15 years of experience in strategy regarding renewable energy permitting and contracts, regional and state transmission planning,...Read more
Ms. Prochnik is a trusted advisor to the energy and environmental sector. She is a native Californian and enjoys working to solve the impossible. She brings over 15 years of experience in strategy regarding renewable energy permitting and contracts, regional and state transmission planning, regulatory affairs, and negotiation services with the industry.
Currently, she is the Director of Western Renewable Grid Planning at the Natural Resources Defense Council. She works on regional and inter-regional planning initiatives and advocates for incorporation of public policies and land use.
Founder of JASenergies, a strategic consultancy working to promote renewable energy integration into all walks of life, Julia Souder Prochnik worked for a broad range of clients including Natural Resources Defense Council. Currently, she is focused on the expansion of the Western Interconnection, market creation, and improving regional and inter-regional transmission planning. She is also heavily involved in regional coordination with the Western Electricity Coordinating Committee (past board director) and Peak Reliability (member advisory committee representative and data sharing task force member).
Mrs. Prochnik was the Project Developer Manager at Clean Line Energy Partners, where she managed the Centennial West Clean Line high-voltage direct current transmission line. She oversaw the local, state and federal permitting process, developed relationships with generators and load serving entities, coordinated public outreach efforts and negotiated agreements with contractors and project vendors.
As the Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Julia promoted effective coordination and positive relations between NERC and FERC, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and many other federal and state entities. She worked with Congress and trade associations on cyber security and reliability standard legislation.
Previously, Mrs. Prochnik was the Western Regional Coordinator for the Office of Electricity and Energy Delivery. Principally, she was the DOE project manager for Section 368 of the 2005 Energy Policy Act, and worked closely with state and federal agencies on transmission siting and permitting. She was a Presidential Management Fellow, and began working at the DOE in 2002 in energy efficiency and then assisted with the 2003 blackout investigation.Read Less