Sarah Ivy Simmons
Sarah Ivy Simmons
Manager, Generation and Emerging Sectors
Power Advisory LLC
Sarah has more than 10 years of professional experience in the electricity sector and has worked with large-scale and distributed generators, electricity distributors and transmitters, industrial load customers, and emerging technology providers. Sarah is well-known for her work at the Ontario Power Authority as a core member of the team that developed and launched of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program in 2009.
She contributed to the development the rules, contract and application processes that governed the FIT program, and she lead the development of the microFIT
program. In addition, she supported consultation efforts working directly with regulators, utilities and other stakeholders on the integration of the FIT and microFIT programs in Ontario’s electricity system.
Prior to joining Power Advisory, Sarah was a member of the Energy and Environment Practice at Sussex Strategy Group. In this role, she provided expert advice on matters related to government policy, power system planning, impacts of carbon pricing policy, emerging trends in the electricity sector, permitting and approvals, procurement of resources and contract negotiations. Sarah was also Government Affairs Manager for SunEdison Canada helping to navigate the policy, planning and procurement of solar generation across the country. While at SunEdison Canada, she was responsible for regulatory affairs, government relations, market protection and market expansion.
Sarah has a Master’s Degree of Environmental Studies focusing on electricity pricing policy from the University of Waterloo. She has a Bachelors Degree in
Environmental Science from the University of Guelph, majoring in environmental monitoring and analysis with an area of emphasis in development and stewardship.
She currently volunteers as a member of the Advisory Committee for Women in Renewable Energy, an organization which strives to advance the role and recognition of women working in the energy sector across Canada. In 2012, Sarah was recognized by the Canadian Solar Industries Association as a leader in the sector, receiving a GameChanger award from the President for her contribution as Chair of the Ontario Solar Photovoltaic Caucus.