ADB Principal Energy Specialist Kelly Hewitt answers questions about why energy costs are so high and what consumers and governments can do to bring them down.
In August 2011, Kelly joined ADB. Her primary focus has been sovereign, non-sovereign, and public-private-partnership energy sector projects, programs, and sector development strategies. Kelly is a master degreed economist, juris doctorate lawyer, and Harvard University Kennedy School MPA Graduate. She also holds an MBA. Kelly leads energy sector programs, projects, restructuring and development strategies in Central West Asia. Her current interest is upstream natural gas and renewables. Kelly has more than 25 years of experience in power, and gas market regulation and reform, energy efficiency, climate mitigation, and renewable energy.
Prior to joining ADB, Kelly worked at Washington Gas, BGE, U.S. Department of Energy (FERC), the Integrated Energy Resources Planning Division of the Maryland Public Service Commission, the merger and acquisition group of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts (currently – Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw Pittman LLP), and the energy law boutique firm Bruder, Gentle & Marcoux (absorbed by Shciff Harden LLP). Kelly served in Bangladesh for almost 6 years as Chief of Party over USAID’s program - Improved Capacity for Energy Access.
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