Jim Baak brings over 30 years of experience in the energy industry to MCE, with a background in clean energy technologies. He manages MCE’s Customer Programs for customer-owned Distributed Energy Resources (DER) – including solar PV, energy storage and electric vehicles. In addition to managing existing DER programs, Jim explores new initiatives that bring value to customers while helping reduce overall costs for MCE, with a special focus on providing resiliency for customers impacted by wildfires and other disasters. Prior to joining MCE, he managed utility solar and electric vehicle programs, led strategic planning efforts to support clean energy development throughout the Western US, provided expert testimony in regulatory and legislative hearings, and managed utility metering, rate design, and billing functions. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business with a B.S. in Economics.