WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) announced that Lori Pickford, principal at The Ferguson Group (TFG), has joined the organization as a senior policy advisor where she will spearhead CRES’ outreach on key energy and climate initiatives on Capitol Hill and within the administration.
“With her incredible command of energy issues and knowledge of the legislative process, Lori is central to CRES’ engagement with Republican lawmakers on smart energy policy solutions,” said CRES Executive Director Heather Reams. “CRES is leveraging Lori’s knowledge of pragmatic, common-sense policies to reach key congressional and administration offices and advance legislation that strengthens our energy security, encourages economic growth and promotes a healthy environment.”
Pickford began her energy career at the American Public Power Association where she acquired a comprehensive understanding of the public power industry and its mission, specializing in energy, electricity markets, new energy technologies, nuclear power, and federal tax policy. She drew on this expertise as executive vice president at Morgan Meguire, LLC where she spent 16 years focused on energy and tax policy issues impacting the electric utility sector, advocating on behalf of public power systems and rural electric cooperatives. Most recently, Pickford lead TFG’s energy practice where she leveraged 25 years of government relations experience in federal energy, environment and tax policy.
Throughout her career, Pickford has maintained a winning record for her clients, successfully advocating before Congress, the White House and key federal agencies. She actively worked both sides of the aisle on the successful enactment of the “Energy Policy Act of 2005” and the “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007,” on behalf of electric utilities, played a leading role in the enacted energy provisions included in the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015,” and worked a multi-year effort to enact the “Cybersecurity Information Act of 2015,” a comprehensive bill to enhance two-way cybersecurity information-sharing between the government and the private sector, including electric utilities. Additionally, Pickford has been intimately involved in legislative and regulatory matters related to federal tax policy primarily focused on advancing renewable energy tax credits and preserving the use of tax-exempt municipal bonds. Pickford also worked on a bi-partisan basis in the 111th and 112th Congress to advocate that the “Hoover Power Allocation Act” extend contracts for another 50 years to ensure that Arizona, Nevada and California consumers continued to enjoy their share of the benefits of hydropower from Hoover Dam. The final bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2011.
“I am excited to join CRES at a time when Republicans in local, state and federal offices are actively addressing the challenges posed by our changing climate,” said Lori Pickford, CRES senior policy advisor. “For years, I have watched as CRES became a leading advocate for moderate policymakers and the public advancing realistic, common-sense solutions to address climate change. I commend the organization’s ability to bring Republicans to the table on these important issues and I look forward to continuing to advance CRES’ important mission throughout Congress and the administration.”
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) engages Republican policymakers and the public about responsible, conservative solutions to address our nation’s energy, economic, and environmental security while increasing America’s competitive edge