Ric O’Connell


Ric is the founding executive director of GridLab, hired in 2017 to launch the organization. Ric leads the GridLab team of experts providing comprehensive technical grid expertise to policy makers and advocates. A recognized leader in renewable energy technology and policy, Ric has provided engineering support for more than 8 GW of utility scale solar projects worldwide, including several of the largest projects in the world.

Prior to GridLab, Ric was at Black & Veatch for 12 years where he was instrumental in building the global renewable energy consulting practice. While at Black & Veatch, Ric provided expertise to the Energy Foundation China program and had leadership roles on a number of high profile policy studies including 20 percent Wind Energy by 2030, and the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative.

Ric has a BSEE from Duke University and a Master’s in Renewable Energy Policy from CU Boulder.

Taylor McNair

Program Manager

Taylor is responsible for GridLab’s communication and project management efforts, as well as operations and administration. Prior to GridLab, Taylor worked at Bright Power Inc., a leading provider of energy management services throughout the U.S. At Bright Power, Taylor supported a team of energy analysts, engineers, and software developers in delivering utility bill analysis to enable energy and water saving measures.

Taylor has a background in a range of clean energy technologies, and a passion for renewable energy development and climate change mitigation.

Taylor graduated from Emory University with a BBA from the Goizueta Business School and a double major in Environmental Sciences.

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