Ørsted Announces Lopa Parikh as New Head of Electricity Policy
BOSTON – Ørsted, a leading global clean energy company, is expanding its presence in Washington, D.C., with the addition of Lopa Parikh as its new Head of Electricity Policy. Parikh brings two decades of experience in both the legal and energy sectors. She will lead Ørsted’s electricity markets and transmission policy engagement with federal agencies and support Orsted's efforts on Capitol Hill and before state agencies.
“We’re fortunate to have Lopa on our team to guide our electricity policy engagement at the federal and state levels,” said Kathleen Frangione, Head of Government Affairs and Market Strategy for Ørsted Americas. “Lopa will help us advance policy and regulatory solutions to accelerate the deployment of renewable electricity across the U.S.”
As the Head of Electricity Policy, Parikh will advance the company’s commitment to America’s clean energy transformation by advocating for forward-looking policies that expedite the deployment of both onshore and offshore wind energy, solar power, enhanced battery technologies, and the development of electricity transmission corridors.
Parikh joins Ørsted from the Edison Electric Institute, a leading association of investor-owned electric companies, where she was Senior Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs. In this role, she helped guide and shape policy, including regular engagement with policymakers at the state and federal levels. Prior to that, she was Director of RTO & Regulatory Affairs at Old Dominion Electric Cooperative. She earned a law degree from the Ohio University Moritz College of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Akron.
Parikh will be based in Washington, D.C.
“The electric industry is one of the most regulated industries in the United States. I have seen in my career the impact that effective legislative and regulatory policies have in meeting energy policy goals and in getting needed energy infrastructure built,” said Parikh. “Orsted is a global leader in clean energy and sustainability, and I am excited to join the Orsted team to advocate for policies that will facilitate timely, responsible and successful clean energy development.”
A global clean energy leader, Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and land-based wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants. Ørsted is the only energy company in the world with a science-based net-zero emissions target as validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. Four years in a row, the company was ranked the world’s most sustainable energy company by Corporate Knights.
In the United States, the company has approximately 600 employees and a growing portfolio of clean energy assets and partnerships that includes offshore wind energy, land-based wind energy, solar, storage technologies and e-fuels. A leader across the renewable energy sector in the United States, Ørsted holds the top position in offshore wind energy with approximately 5 gigawatts in development and operates America’s first offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Block Island. Ørsted has a total U.S. land-based capacity of 5 gigawatts across wind, solar, storage technologies and e-fuels. To learn more about the Ørsted U.S. business, visit us.orsted.com or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ØrstedUS).