About Our Speakers:
MATTHEW FREEDMAN is a public interest advocate with over 25 years of experience working on energy policy issues at the state and national level. Since 2000, he has served as a staff attorney for The Utility Reform Network (TURN) representing the interests of residential customers at the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Legislature and other state agencies. Mr. Freedman’s practice involves a wide array of electricity regulatory, legal, and policy issues relating to rate design, renewable energy, distributed generation, conventional and nuclear resources, wholesale markets and retail competition.

Prior to working for TURN, Mr. Freedman served as a policy analyst for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group and spent five years as a senior energy policy analyst and consultant with Public Citizen’s Critical Mass Energy Project in Washington, D.C.

DELANEY HUNTER is a leading expert in the energy arena with extensive experience working not only in the Legislature but also with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Resources Board (CARB) and in the transit and transportation arena as well.

In March 2005, she was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as the Director, Office of Governmental Affairs for the California Public Utilities Commission. In this capacity she was responsible for managing the Commission’s legislative agenda and political negotiations on key policies relative to energy, telecommunications, water, rail safety and other transportation related issues. Here she gained strong knowledge of investor owned utility issues both on energy as well as water. She oversaw the confirmation process for four of the Commissioners and played a key role in budget negotiations for the agency during her tenure. Prior to co-founding GQHC, Ms. Hunter also served as a Principal with the Dewey Square Group for three years, launching their California lobbying practice and helping to expand the energy practice.

Ms. Hunter currently serves as a member of the advisory board to the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and also on the board of California Women in Energy, a non-profit organization focused on providing career development, networking and educational opportunities for women professionals in energy.