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Munns discussed The Lithium Revolution at EFF.
As Senior Director, Clean Energy Collaboration, Diane Munns identifies potential partners, nurtures shared dialogue, develops opportunities to leverage our common work and implements tactical joint efforts for the EDF Clean Energy Program. Diane is no stranger to the clean energy sector. Over the years she has worked tirelessly to improve energy efficiency. In her previous position as Vice President of Regulatory Relations and Energy Efficiency with MidAmerican Energy Company, Diane represented the company at national and regional regulatory forums and was responsible for direct management of the energy efficiency group, including strategy, personnel, budget and compliance, among other duties. She also spent a year as Executive Director for Retail Energy Services for the Edison Electric Institute, where she managed a staff of twelve, developed and directed EEI’s policy positions for investor-owned utility members in the states and before Congress and established the Institute for Energy Efficiency to provide services to membership on state ratemaking, energy efficiency, supplier diversity and National Accounts. Before that Diane spent over two decades with the Iowa Utilities Board first as General Counsel and later as the Chairman and Member. As General Counsel, Diane was the chief legal officer for the agency responsible for management of the office, legal advice to the Board and all filings and pleadings made in state and federal court. As Chairman, she acted as chief administrative officer responsible for budgeting, personnel, legislative and legal strategy and media messaging for the 65-member state agency. And, finally, as a gubernatorial-appointed member of a 3-member quasi-judicial board, Diane was responsible for regulating gas, electric and telecommunication companies within the State of Iowa. While Chair or the Commission, she served two terms as the President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). In 2006, Diane received the United States Energy Association Public Service Energy Leadership Award, which recognizes government officials who have motivated and advocated action to address energy efficiency. She received her B.A. from University of Iowa (Phi Beta Kappa) and her J.D. from Drake University.
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