Jeff Hammarlund

Adjunct Associate Professor

Senior Fellow




Jeff Hammarlund, the lead instructor, is a senior fellow and program manager for the New Energy Economy Program at the Center for Public Service. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the Mark Hatfield School of Government and the president of Northwest Energy and Environmental Strategies consulting firm.

Jeff serves on the executive board and chairs the Oregon Caucus of the NW Energy Coalition-an alliance of more than 110 environmental, civic, faith, and human service organizations, progressive utilities, and businesses in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia that promotes the development of renewable energy and energy conservation, consumer protection, low-income energy assistance, and fish and wildlife restoration on the Columbia and Snake rivers. He also serves on the boards of Smart Grid Oregon, Oregon HEAT, and the Oregon Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns.  Jeff is a member of the Demand Response Task Force established by the Western Interstate Energy Board, the State-Provisional Steering Committee, and the Western Governor's Association.  In the fall of 2013, He was invited to chair the  Forum on Energy Storage, Demand Response, and Smart Grid Technologies  at a major conference in China called New Energy Forum: From Green Dream to Reality. He has since been working with senior Chinese energy officials to help develop a road map for how the smart grid, demand response and energy storage can help China integrate more renewable energy and move away from coal-based thermal plants. He played a major role in the recent creation and funding of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, a regional consortium funded in part by the US Department of Energy.

Earlier in his career, Jeff held senior staff positions with the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (during the passage of the Northwest Power and Conservation Act) and the Department of Energy, and has served as an advisor to President Jimmy Carter, Vice-President Al Gore, and President Barack Obama’s energy transition team. He has been a senior manager for conservation services for Southern California Edison and senior policy analyst for the Public Power Council (a Northwest utility trade association), and has consulted with utilities, environmental groups, and government agencies throughout the nation.  In 2010, he served on one of the workgroups for the Governor’s Ten Year Energy Plan and was the primary author of one of the reports that resulted from that effort.

A former guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a recipient of two advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jeff is currently working on a Ph.D. dissertation through that university on the politics of salmon recovery and hydropower production in the Columbia Basin. He is co-author of The Political Economy of Energy and numerous professional and academic articles.

He will be joined by a stellar list of guest presenters who will help us understand current public policy issues impacting Northwest energy policy and administration during the second half of the course. Our final guest speaker will be Elliot Mainzer, a course alumnus who was recently named the fiftieth Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration. The other guest speakers will be invited based on the current policy topics the students in the class decide to address during our first week of class.  Previous guest speakers in recent years are listed on the course website. 

Research Focus and Interests

  • Northwest Energy Resources and Policy Administration Seminar
  • Planning the Smart Grid for Sustainable Communities
  • National Policy Process