Here's a 21 minute audio interview with windy Hallie Gilman dated 3/7/16. The reporter, Tory Ryden, hopefully won "Softball Pitcher of the Year" for this interview where Ms. Ryden terms wind turbines as "majestic" and pejoratively refers to opponents as NIMBY's.
"Tory Ryden interviews wind energy expert and the Chief of Staff of North America Utility & Global Wind at SunEdison, Hallie Gilman. Gilman discusses the development of wind energy in Maine and scopes out what's ahead in technology surrounding renewable energy."
Here's a quote from Patrick Scully welcoming Ms. Gilman to Bernstein Shur on 3/15/16. Prior to that Ms. Gilman was at SunEdison/First Wind:
“Hallie is a wonderful addition to our growing energy team and we are proud and excited to welcome her,” said firm CEO Pat Scully. “She is highly regarded for her regulatory and project management work and she will be an invaluable resource to our energy clients, including developers and owners of wind, solar, natural gas, biomass and hydroelectric projects as well as our merchant transmission clients.”
Prior to joining Bernstein Shur, Gilman held executive leadership and general counsel roles for a leading renewable energy development company, and previously was an energy attorney at a Portland, Maine firm.
In fact, here's Hallie Gilman and reporter Ryden's husband Patrick Scully representing First Wind together at a PUC hearing on wind on 1/25/12.
And here's Scully stating in that meeting that they don't try to use reporters to influence the PUC.
The PUC document can be downloaded here:
I didn't see anything disclosing that the reporter interviewing Hallie Gilman was married to the energy attorney (for among others First Wind) who would welcome Gilman to his firm circa the same time -- as a wind attorney.
Of course Maine is the state where PUC Commissioner Kurt Adams jumped to First Wind to become director of transmission after his PUC greased the skids for the Maine Power Reliability Program (aka CMP upgrade), in essence a ratepayer-funded gift to First Wind and their ilk, without which, First Wind's northern projects would have had no way to ship their product to Massachusetts. And according to the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, Kurt Adams got over $1 million in stock options from First Wind while still at the PUC. So should we be surprised?