Melissa Birchard is Senior Regulatory Attorney for Power Grid Reform at Acadia Center. Melissa’s work focuses on accelerating the development and integration of clean energy and building a clean electric power grid, including regional power grid reforms at ISO-New England (ISO-NE), matters at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and related state and regional policies to decarbonize the grid. Most recently, Melissa was an attorney at Keyes & Fox LLP where she represented clean energy companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies on clean energy policy and regulatory matters before state public utilities commissions throughout the country and FERC. She previously served as Senior Attorney in the Energy and Climate Program at Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), where she advocated a clean energy grid, promoted electrification and flexible load, and advanced policies to support demand reduction.  In addition to serving as CLF’s New Hampshire state lead for energy matters, Melissa represented the organization at NEPOOL, FERC and before the U.S. Department of Energy. She began her legal career focusing on FERC and state energy policy from the consumer-side perspective at Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP in Washington, DC. Melissa holds a JD from Georgetown Law Center, an MA in Asian Languages and Culture from UCLA, and graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr with a major in East Asian Studies.