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TVA attorney chosen as EN’s next general counsel


John Dobken, Public Affairs, 509-377-8369
Anna Markham, Public Affairs, 509-377-8162​

RICHLAND, Wash. CEO Mark Reddemann today named Scott Vance as the agency’s next general counsel and chief ethics officer. Vance is a former Tri-Cities resident and is currently with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“Under Scott’s leadership I’m confident our governing boards and the entire organization will continue to receive wise legal counsel, and, in similar fashion, our environmental and regulatory offices will continue to expertly guide our agency’s compliance with state and federal environmental laws,” Reddemann said in a statement to employees.

Vance comes to EN having 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, 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.

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.

Vance and with his wife of 32 years, Debbie, are looking forward to their return to the Tri-Cities. They have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

About Energy Northwest
Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including hydro, solar and wind projects – and the Northwest’s only nuclear energy facility. These projects provide enough reliable, affordable and environmentally respon­sible energy to power more than a million homes each year, and that carbon-free electricity is provided at the cost of generation. As a Washington state, joint action agency, Energy Northwest comprises 27 public power member utilities from across the state serving more than 1.5 million ratepayers. The agency continually explores new generation projects to meet its members’ needs.

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