Bryan Hannegan

Bryan Hannegan (he/him) is President and CEO of Holy Cross Energy, a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative utility providing electricity and energy products and services to more than 46,000 customers in Western Colorado. Headquartered in Glenwood Springs, Holy Cross Energy is leading the responsible transition to a clean energy future with its “Journey to 100%” plan aimed at obtaining 100% renewable and clean energy for its members by 2030. For its efforts, Holy Cross Energy was named “2020 Electric Cooperative of the Year” by the Smart Electric Power Alliance.

Prior to joining Holy Cross in July 2017, Bryan was an Associate Laboratory Director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he co-founded the US Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative and started up the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). A unique “distribution grid in a box,” ESIF enables utilities, entrepreneurs, and consumers to work together on clean, affordable and reliable energy systems. Earlier in his career, Bryan held senior leadership roles at the Electric Power Research Institute, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Bryan holds a Ph.D. in Earth Systems Science and an M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, both from the University of California at Irvine. He earned a B.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Smart Electric Power Alliance and is presently Vice Chair of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Science and Technology Advisory Council. Bryan has also served as an elected Director of the Coastside County Water District and was a former member of the California Council on Science and Technology.