Regional Director, Southeast Office and Associate Vice President, Clean Energy
Areas of expertise: Climate change, grid modernization, air quality, energy policy
Michael Regan is a visionary leader focused on putting in place the policies and regulations that will accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and deliver the vast array of benefits of a smart, modernized, resilient energy system.
In his role as Associate Vice President for U.S. Climate & Energy, Michael is responsible for building consensus with state, regional and national decision makers and leveraging resources to help pass and implement critical state policies, legislation and regulations to reduce the impacts of climate change and air pollution across the country.
A strategic thinker with a collaborative style, Michael is highly respected for his expertise on energy issues, air quality policy and his leadership in building partnerships with new allies, including minority serving institutions, rural electric cooperatives, the military and veterans, communities of color, and people of faith.
Prior to joining EDF, Michael spent 10 years with the U.S. EPA, where he designed programs that focus on multi-pollutant emission reduction strategies, energy efficiency, climate change and the implementation of market-based solutions to improve air quality.
Michael joined EDF's Southeast regional office in Raleigh, N.C., in 2008.
Michael led EDF negotiations with Duke Energy on creation of landmark energy efficiency programs and pollution controls on coal fired power plants.
Michael expanded the concept of EDF Climate Corps to increase energy efficiency in cities and universities, in addition to companies. Notably, he pioneered a program to reduce energy use in minority serving universities. What started with 12 universities in North Carolina has grown to nearly 40 minority serving campuses across the country, including Howard University, Morehouse, and Texas Southern. The program is saving the institutions millions of dollars by improving energy efficiency.
In Eastern North Carolina, Michael launched EDF’s first partnership with a rural electric cooperative, which today offers its low-income customers low-cost options to improve energy efficiency. The model is expected to spread to rural areas around the nation.
Michael, who grew up in a military family, recognized the power of the U.S. Department of Defense and veterans as strong advocates for clean energy and lower reliance on fossil fuels. Under his leadership, EDF developed a military veteran program to elevate the importance of clean energy as a national security issue.
- Masters of Public Administration (Federal Policy, Politics, and Management), George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
- Certificate Program of Legislative Studies, Georgetown University, Government Affairs Institute, Washington, D.C.
- Bachelors of Science (Earth and Environmental Science), NC Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, NC