Gavin J. Donohue, President & CEO
Mr. Gavin J. Donohue is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Power Producers of New York, Inc. (IPPNY), a statewide trade association organized in 1986 as a not-for-profit corporation. IPPNY represents more than 100 operators and developers of independent power projects, power marketers, and suppliers of goods and services to the industry. IPPNY performs legislative/regulatory advocacy and public relations services on behalf of its membership, who are engaged in the operation and development of hydropower, natural gas, oil, waste-to-energy, biomass, nuclear, coal and wind generation projects.
Mr. Donohue was appointed President and CEO of the association in May of 2003. Before that, he served for two years as IPPNY's Executive Director. While at IPPNY Mr. Donohue has been a vocal proponent of improving New York energy policy and increasing competition in New York energy markets. He has been active on a variety of issues before the New York Independent System Operator, the New York Public Service Commission and both state and federal legislatures.
Mr. Donohue brought a wealth of experience in energy and environmental policy issues as well as state and local government affairs to IPPNY. From December 1998 until March 2001, he served as Executive Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) managing the daily operations of the 3,700-employee agency, as well as developing and coordinating the implementation of all major legislative and policy initiatives impacting the environment.
Mr. Donohue began his tenure at DEC in 1995 when he was appointed Assistant Commissioner responsible for overseeing all legislative and intergovernmental affairs at the agency. He also served two years, from 1996 to 1998, as Senior Deputy Commissioner managing all legislative and media affairs for the agency.
Mr. Donohue began his career in 1989 as a Research Analyst with the New York State Council on Health Care Financing. Mr. Donohue has also served as Assistant Secretary to Governor George E. Pataki and as Campaign Director for the successful 1996 $1.75 billion Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act.
From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Donohue served as an Albany County Legislator representing the 15th District and as Deputy Minority Leader for the Albany County Legislature. He holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science from Siena College in Loudonville, New York; and attended the State University of New York Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and Harvard University's, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
On November 16, 2006, Mr. Donohue was appointed to the Energy and Environment Committee formulated as part of New York governor-elect Eliot Spitzer's transition team. The Energy and Environment Committee comprises 31 individuals from various energy and environment endeavors.
Mr. Donohue has been appointed to two energy related commissions. In July 2006, Mr. Donohue was appointed by Governor George Pataki to serve on the Temporary Commission on the Future of New York State Power Programs for Economic Development. Established in the 2006-2007 State Budget, the Commission was tasked with examining the effectiveness of the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) Power for Jobs and other State economic development power programs. In September 2006, Mr. Donohue was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve as a member of the New York City Energy Policy Task Force; ensuring that generators have a voice in the City's energy planning.
In 2006, Mr. Donohue was appointed by Governor Pataki to serve as the Vice Chair of the Albany Convention Center Authority and was elected Chairman of the Authority in 2009, and still serves as today. In November 2010, Mr. Donohue was selected to serve on Governor Andrew Cuomo's Energy & Environment & Recreation Transition Committee.
Finally, in 2011, Mr. Donohue was elected to the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) Board of Directors to serve as the State and Regional Partners representative.