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Sonoma Clean Power Hires General Counsel,Director of Programs&Power Analyst
Santa Rosa, CA
07/16/2016 03:29 PM

Sonoma Clean Power Hires General Counsel, Director of Programs & Power Analyst

Steve Shupe, Jan McFarland and Carlos Gomes Join SCP Team

(Santa Rosa, CA) Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has hired the following new employees:



Steve Shupe has joined the Sonoma Clean Power Authority as General Counsel. As General Counsel, Mr. Shupe provides the Authority’s staff and Board of Directors with general legal advice, and oversees the Authority’s filings at the California Public Utilities Commission and other regulatory agencies. 

Mr. Shupe has over 30 years of experience as an attorney, and for 16 years served as a Deputy County Counsel for the County of Sonoma, primarily representing the Sonoma County Water Agency in water, energy, and environmental matters. Mr. Shupe was an original member of the Water Agency team that investigated the feasibility of forming Sonoma Clean Power. He drafted the Joint Powers Agreement that created the Sonoma Clean Power Authority and played a key role in engaging cities to participate in the SCP program.

Mr. Shupe obtained a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa and a Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from Cornell University. He also served for several years as an Adjunct Professor at Sonoma State University, teaching an introductory class on U.S. government and politics.





Jan McFarland has been hired as Director of Programs. Ms. McFarland is responsible for SCP’s existing and emerging programs, including the Agency’s feed in tariff and net metering programs, as well as other programs currently in development, such as the Drive EverGreen program. 

Ms. McFarland has worked on energy, air quality and resource issues within the Clinton Administration (EPA), California Energy Commission, Skadden-Arps, California Alternative Energy & Advanced Transportation Authority, and as a private consultant or lobbyist.

Selected career accomplishments include design and implementation of the industry-backed solar vision that became the $3.2 billion California Solar Initiative (CSI); led effort to ensure CSI incentives were performance based; developed green manufacturing sales tax exemptions, including $1 billion of authority; established a $50 million reserve fund to lower the cost of PACE bonds; developed “ultra-clean & low-emission” standards for distributed generation to address exit fees; led U.S. EPA’s efforts to adopt their first “output based” standard for new power plants to reward emissions performance; and co-founded CEERT bringing together several leading environmental organizations, renewable and energy efficiency companies to advocate for “true” least cost energy principles.



Carlos Gomes is SCP’s Energy Analyst. In his role, he conducts market and portfolio modeling and analysis of SCP’s power supply position to effectively monitor and manage exposure to adverse market changes.  His responsibilities include power supply planning, load forecasting, risk management, market monitoring, and settlements. In addition, he is responsible for assisting in procurement activities for renewable and conventional energy, resource adequacy and related products and services.

Mr. Gomes has over 7 years’ experience in the wholesale North American energy industry, as well as 2 years’ experience in the financial markets. Most recently, Mr. Gomes worked for Powerex Corp. where he primarily performed management and financial reporting and regulatory and settlement functions. 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil and a Professional Certificate in Finance from the University of California at San Diego. 

Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit public agency, which is the default electricity provider for Sonoma County. SCP offers Sonoma County local control, choice, cleaner electricity and lower greenhouse gas emissions at competitive rates.

For more information, visit or call 1 (855) 202-2139.


Sonoma Clean Power
1 (855) 202-2139
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