Constellation Energy has appointed James L. Connaughton executive vice president for corporate affairs, public and environmental policy. He was formerly the chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
In this newly created role, Connaughton will direct the company's environmental and energy policy matters and government affairs. He will lead a comprehensive public and environmental policy agenda as the company leverages the strength of its low-emitting merchant fleet, expanding renewable portfolio and energy efficiency services, and its position as a leader in advancing the critical renaissance of emission-free nuclear energy.
The appointment is effective Feb. 24, and Connaughton will report to Michael J. Wallace, vice chairman of Constellation Energy.
‘The issues driving every element of our business strategy, from new nuclear and climate change to renewable energy and energy efficiency, are shaped and influenced by a myriad of policy considerations at every level of government, and by the needs and interests of our customers, shareholders and the communities we serve,’ says Mayo A. Shattuck III, chairman, president and CEO of Constellation Energy.
During his service with the federal government, Connaughton worked closely with the president, his administration and Congress to develop and implement climate change, air pollution and energy security policies.
Prior to his public service, Connaughton was a partner in the environmental practice group at the law firm Sidley Austin, where he played a leading role in the development and implementation of the ISO 14000 series of international environmental management and performance standards.
He is a graduate of Yale University and Northwestern University School of Law.
SOURCE: Constellation Energy