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Sophie Hayes

Utah Clean Energy Manager


Clean Energy

Office Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Area of Focus:

Sophie represents Western Resource Advocates in state regulatory proceedings and other policy-making forums, with a particular focus on the Utah Public Service Commission. Sophie advocates for policies that will transition the current electric grid from the current inflexible and polluting fossil-fueled one to one that is clean, efficient, and smart. Her work emphasizes renewable resources, grid decarbonization, energy efficiency, and utility-regulatory policies that mitigate and adapt to the harms of a changing climate.


Sophie joined Western Resource Advocates in 2018 from private practice. For eight years prior to that she worked for Utah Clean Energy, directing their regulatory intervention and representing them in dockets related to integrated resource planning, net metering, renewable resource acquisition, and energy efficiency.


J.D. from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University
University Honors B.A. in Anthropology (sociocultural emphasis) from Brigham Young University.

Favorite thing about the West:

Brine shrimp and June suckers.

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