Scott Vance

General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer

Scott A. Vance joined Energy Northwest in October, 2017.  As General Counsel for Energy Northwest, he is responsible for the legal advice and counsel for all matters relating to or affecting Energy Northwest.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Vance served four years leading a group of attorneys in direct support of TVA’s fleet of seven nuclear units at Watts Bar, Sequoyah and Browns Ferry. During more than 10 years with the general counsel’s office, Vance provided business support across TVA’s generation spectrum of coal, natural gas, wind, hydro and solar facilities.

Prior to TVA, Mr. Vance spent seven years with the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Washington, D.C., as an associate and nuclear regulatory specialist. Before Pillsbury, he served as a contractor to the Energy Department’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management in Washington, D.C.; a senior consultant and manager with the engineering consulting firm JAI Corporation in Fairfax, Va.; a project manager with CH2M Hill in Boise, Idaho; and a senior research engineer with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.

Mr. Vance graduated cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va. He holds master’s degrees in nuclear engineering, and technology and policy, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. His bachelor’s degree is in general engineering (nuclear option) from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Mr. Vance is currently a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia bars.

Energy Northwest is a joint operating agency serving the needs of public power by providing reliable, low-cost electricity while promoting public power activities in the region.  It has won numerous awards and recognition for its hiring of veterans, employee philanthropy and community service.  Energy Northwest was also recognized by the Association of Washington Business as the “2016 Employer of the Year” for its innovative job retention, creation, and compensation plants that foster a thriving work environment.