Nora Mead Brownell

President, ESPY Energy Solutions, LLC


Nora Mead Brownell is the co-founder of ESPY Energy Solutions, LLC, a women-owned business providing innovative and highly-skilled consulting services. Prior to this, Brownell was nominated by President George W. Bush to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on April 30, 2001. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 25, 2001, for a term that expired June 30, 2006.

Prior to FERC, Brownell served as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) from 1997 to 2001. During her time at the PUC, Brownell took an active role in the rollout of electric choice in Pennsylvania. In addition to her work in establishing the framework for one of the most successful retail electric markets in the country, she actively supported Pennsylvania’s pursuit of competition in the local markets for telecommunications, deployment of advanced services, enhancement of services to rural areas, protection of consumers and advancement of special services. Brownell has helped craft unique solutions to a number of these industry issues.

Brownell serves on the boards of National Grid PLC, Spectra Energy Partners and Tangent Energy. She also serves on the advisory boards of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, New World Capital and TerViva Bioenergy. Previously, Brownell served on the boards of ONCOR, Comverge, Starwood Energy Fund, GridWise Architecture Council, Millennium Bank, Foundation of Architecture, Philadelphia Free Library and the Philadelphia Regional Performing Arts Center. In addition, Brownell has lectured at the Vermont Law School’s Center for Energy and the Environment, the Michigan State University Institute of Public Utilities, the University of Idaho and at the Wharton Energy Club, among others.

Brownell is a native of Erie, Pa., and attended Syracuse University.