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Karen Onaran President and CEO

Karen Onaran is the Vice President of the Electricity Consumers Resource Council (ELCON) where she advocates for policies benefiting large industrial consumers of electric energy before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy (DOE), the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC), and Congress.

Prior to joining ELCON, Karen was the Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs at Edison Electric Institute (EEI) where she focused on federal electric transmission policy issues, supporting investor-owned utilities on transmission planning and investment issues, as well as wholesale market operations, to promote policies geared towards electric transmission’s role in providing safe, reliable, cost-effective, and increasingly clean energy to consumers.

Prior to her 10 years at EEI, Karen was a paralegal for 16 years in Washington D.C. focusing on energy project finance and federal regulatory compliance.

Karen is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and received her Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Karen lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, Bryce, and beagle, Stanley.