Leah Bissonette has almost 40 years’ experience working in energy and the environment. She began her career in the 1970’s as Research Supervisor investigating energy conservation and demand side management products for Southern California Edison. At SCE Ms. Bissonette went on to negotiate long term power contracts, buying and selling power with parties all across the West. When SCE entered the de-regulated market she was the Director of New Product Development at Edison Enterprises.
Ms. Bissonette has an extensive background in commodity trading and risk management, having managed the power portfolio for Williams Energy in the West, and established the infrastructure for Sumitomo Corporation to enter the U.S. electricity market through its subsidiary, Pacific Summit Energy.
Ms. Bissonette was the VP of North American Sales for Sempra Solutions and in that role developed new products and managed a national sales force that worked with defense, government, commercial, and industrial customers to manage their retail electricity and gas usage, both through their commodity purchases and their investments in energy efficiency and demand side management. She did management consulting for Navigant Consulting, advising Long Island Power Authority and FirstEnergy Ohio on renewables, RECs, and SRECs.
Ms. Bissonette was a Managing Partner for the international consulting firm ERM (Environmental Resources Management), managing their power projects for North and South America.
With her broad background in energy commodities and environmental impacts, she has found sustainable solutions where others see only problems. She has her own consulting firm, The Energy Biss, and advises energy leaders on alternatives in the rapidly changing business.
Ms. Bissonette is on the Board of the Center for Sustainable Energy, the Advisory Board of the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy, and the Advisory Board of the UCSD California Institute for Innovation and Development. She is a member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women, and a past member of the City of Encinitas’ Environmental Commission. She is a judge at UCSD Rady Business School Fast Pitch events and has lectured at UCSD and Boston University. She is a frequent speaker on renewable and environmental issues.
Ms. Bissonette holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Human Ecology from Cornell University.