Julie Keil received her B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota in 1980 and her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 1983. (both cum laude) She has been employed by Portland General Electric Company for 20 years. She started in the Legal Department representing a variety of corporate clients. She has held her current position of Director, Hydro Licensing & Water Rights for 15 years. In this role, she is responsible for the license and water rights issues surrounding and the eventual relicensing of PGE’s five FERC licensed projects. In this role, she negotiated the surrender of the Company’s Bull Run project license, a relicensing agreement for the Willamette Falls Project and a settlement at the Pelton Round Butte Project that has been hailed as a national model.
Her department also manages the Company’s recreation facilities, relationships with agencies and tribes and compliance issues relating to the FERC licenses.
Julie has been active in hydro industry associations for many years and has served in several leadership positions. She is a past President of the National Hydropower Association and a past President of the Northwest Hydroelectric Association. In addition she has been the Chair of NHA’s Regulatory Affairs Committee, and was a member of NHA’s Relicensing Reform Task Force. During the Relicensing Reform Task Force, she served as one of industry’s key negotiators with interested non-governmental organizations.
Julie has also represented industry in a variety of forums. She has testified regarding the need for reform of the relicensing process before 4 congressional committees. She has also spoken at numerous training sessions for federal agency employees, presenting industry’s viewpoint.
In addition, Julie served on the Federal Advisory Committee, which advised the Interagency Task Force that considered improvements to the licensing process. She was also a participant in the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue regarding Dams and Rivers.
In late 2001, and early 2002, Julie was active in the reformation of the National Review Group, a forum that includes NGOs, agencies and industry in an open forum designed to encourage creative thinking about licensing and relicensing issues. Most recently, Julie participated in FERC’s workshops during which the Integrated Licensing Process was developed.
In 2003, Julie was given the industry’s highest honor, the Dr. Kenneth Henwood award.