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WRA’s team of policy experts, scientists, economists, engineers, and attorneys has three decades of working where decisions are made, sweating the details, creating evidence-based solutions, and holding decision makers accountable.

John Nielsen

Vice President of Policy and Programs


Clean Energy, Senior Leadership

Office Location

Boulder, CO

Area of Focus:

John is a leader in the western environmental community on the relationship between energy and the environment. He has served as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings around the region involving utility resource planning, air and climate policy, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.


John joined Western Resource Advocates as an economist and policy advisor in 1995 and has been the Clean Power Program Director since 2000. Prior to that he worked in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco and then earned his graduate degrees.


B.A. in mathematics and economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and M.A. and M. Philosophy degrees in economics from Yale University.

Favorite thing about the West:

Big skies

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