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Industry mourns loss of Bob Anderson–clean energy champion, regulator, Montanan

Industry members across the country are mourning the loss of Bob Anderson, the former commissioner of the Montana Public Service Commission and long-time champion of clean energy and the environment who touched the lives of countless individuals.

That indelible impact on others came not only out of his visionary leadership and intellect, but his unsurpassed joy for life, epitomized by a passion for adventure and (sometimes outrageous) sense of humor, those who knew him said.

Anderson died tragically in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park in an automobile accident after—fitting to his nature and spirit—a successful climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of his 70th birthday celebration. He completed the summit with his wife, Grace Anderson, who survived the accident and is recovering well.

The wind industry lost a true friend and ally in Bob, who played an early leadership role in West Wind Wires, later to become AWEA’s western regional transmission advisor, Western Grid Group. Among other professional accomplishments, Anderson was a former chair of the Montana Public Service Commission, president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), a former board member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council and a leader of nongovernmental organizations in the West working on a cleaner grid through the Western Clean Energy Advocates.

True to his passionate ways, Anderson never stopped working fervently for a better, cleaner grid. Recently he had been one of the regulatory sages guiding power industry reform efforts across the West, using his vast expertise in the economics, engineering, and politics of electric utility regulation.



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