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Adam J. Richins

Keynote Address: 9:15 AM MT, April 16

Adam J. Richins was named Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Idaho Power in October 2019. Prior to that, Richins served as Vice President of Customer Operations and Business Development. In this role, he oversaw teams dedicated to customer satisfaction and supporting the company’s brand. Since joining Idaho Power in 2011, Richins previously held the positions of General Manager of Customer Operations Engineering and Construction and Senior Counsel. 

Before joining Idaho Power, Richins worked as an engineer and project manager on large construction projects and as an attorney at Stoel Rives, where he litigated complex business disputes and negotiated multi-million-dollar commercial transactions. Richins also clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Honorable Stephen S. Trott) and worked as an engineer on large construction projects, including airports and schools. 

Richins holds two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in mathematics from the University of Puget Sound and a second in civil engineering from Columbia University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He earned his law degree from the University of Washington with high honors. Richins graduated from Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2016. 

Richins serves on the boards for the Saint Alphonsus Health System, Boise School Foundation, IDA-West Energy, the Boise Chamber of Commerce, the Bishop Kelly Foundation, and the Pacific Northwest Conference Committee. 

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Janea A. Scott

Keynote Address: 3:00 PM MT, April 16

Janea A. Scott serves as the Senior Counselor to the Assistant Secretary of Land and Minerals Management at the U.S. Department of Interior. In this role, Scott’s focus is on renewable energy and transmission. She has assisted the Bureau of Land Management in building out its renewable energy program, provides strategic advice to the Assistant Secretary’s office, and troubleshoots project challenges.

Scott previously served as the Vice Chair of the California Energy Commission, the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency.  She was lead Commissioner on the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, the Natural Gas Research Program, the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group (DACAG), and collaboration within the western interconnection.

Scott served as the Chair of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body and was a member of the Western Interstate Energy Board and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. From 2013 to 2019 she supported the state’s transition to zero emission vehicles by serving as Chair of the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, as well as on the Public Policy Board of Veloz, a nonprofit founded by public and private sector industry veterans working together to advance the electric car movement, and the California Fuel Cell Partnership.

Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund as a senior attorney in the climate and air program. She earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and her M.S. and B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.