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Steve Michel

Deputy Director, Clean Energy Program

Program/Department: Clean Energy

Office Location: New Mexico

Area of Focus:

Steve oversees the work of Western Resource Advocates’ Energy Program attorneys and analysts. In addition, he helps develop energy policy goals and recommendations for Western Resource Advocates to advocate before regulators and other policy-makers. Steve’s work is primarily focused on advancing clean energy resources, such as renewables and energy efficiency, moving the power sector away from environmentally harmful fossil-fueled resources, and developing regulatory mechanisms for electric utilities to address climate change.


Steve joined Western Resource Advocates in 2007. Prior to his work with Western Resource Advocates, he spent seventeen years as General Counsel to the New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers, and before that served as a New Mexico Assistant Attorney General representing residential utility customers. In 1992, Steve received the Robert H. LaFollette Pro Bono Award from the New Mexico State Bar Association, as well as the Land and Water Fund’s (Western Resource Advocates’ predecessor) Volunteer of the Year award. He has authored several peer-reviewed papers on greenhouse gas regulation, and drafted GHG regulations that were adopted by the State of New Mexico in 2010, but repealed one year later under a new Governor.


B.A. in economics and history from Northwestern University, and M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University.

Favorite thing about the West:

Backpacking in the Rockies

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