Large Public Power Council Selects Sue Sheridan as New General Counsel, September 9, 2014

September 9, 2014
Contact: Lawrence Pacheco
(202) 346-8855

Washington, D.C. — The Large Public Power Council (LPPC) has selected Sue Sheridan as General Counsel and Policy Advisor for the organization. Sheridan, an independent senior policy consultant at Van Ness Feldman law firm, has more than 30 years of experience in energy and environmental law, with an extensive background in legislative and regulatory work in government. She will succeed Robert Nordhaus, who will step down from his current position at the end of 2014.

LPPC Chairman Bill Gaines stated: “Sue’s strong legal and public policy expertise and political sophistication have earned her the respect of policymakers and our peers in the electric utility industry. We have confidence that Sue will be a great advocate for public power customers and will seek policies that allow us to build needed infrastructure and provide reliable service at affordable rates.”

“I am honored to be selected for this important role at a moment of transformational change in the industry. I look forward to working with LPPC as it navigates the various policy and regulatory issues that it faces and to advocating for the interests of public power customers,” said Sheridan, who will continue her affiliation with Van Ness Feldman in Washington, DC.

Sheridan has counseled a wide variety of clients from Fortune 500 companies to environmental organizations. She is the President and Chief Counsel of the Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy.

In addition, she served as Chief Counsel to the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983-2008. During her time with the committee, Sheridan developed expertise in electricity regulation, nuclear energy and waste disposal issues, natural gas, and environmental matters.

Prior to her work with the Energy and Commerce Committee, Sheridan worked on the staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council and as a staff attorney at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Sheridan is a second strategic hire that LPPC has made in the last two months as it steps up efforts to enhance its presence in Washington, DC and engage on federal energy policy. In June, LPPC selected John Di Stasio, former chief executive officer of Sacramento Municipal Utility District, as its new president.


LPPC represents 26 of the largest locally owned and operated not-for-profit electric systems in the United States. Our member utilities are located in 12 states and Puerto Rico and own and operate more than 86,000 megawatts of generation capacity and more than 35,000 circuit miles of high voltage transmission lines. LPPC member utilities supply electricity to some of the largest cities in the country including Los Angeles, Seattle, Omaha, Phoenix, Sacramento, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Orlando and Austin.