Catherine Finneran is Director of Environmental Affairs at Eversource Energy, New England’s largest energy delivery company serving 3.6 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She manages 45 scientists, engineers and specialists focused on environmental protection, permitting for electric and gas transmission and distribution project siting, and regulatory compliance. She also serves as clean energy and environmental outreach lead for the Northern Pass Transmission Project.
Ms. Finneran comes to Eversource Energy with more than 20 years of experience focused on clean energy, environmental protection and economic development. Before joining Eversource Energy, she served as Senior Director of the Renewable Energy Generation Division at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), where she oversaw the design and implementation of rebate and grant programs targeted at growing the Massachusetts clean energy market to increase deployment of wind, solar photovoltaic, hydropower, and anaerobic digestion projects. Ms. Finneran also was responsible for the clean heating and cooling rebate programs (energy efficient heat pumps, cleaner biomass, solar hot water), as well overseeing the group responsible for developing and managing the software platform used to track and report energy production under the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) Program.
She previously served as the Director of Clean Energy for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). In this role she worked across water, air, solid waste, and waste site cleanup programs to advance permitting and siting of clean energy projects at state regulated sites. Ms. Finneran also served as the Brownfield Director for MassDEP, serving as the central point of contact at the state level for the cleanup and reuse of contaminated sites. Previously, she served as a municipal development manager, an acting director of a non-profit corporation, and in project management for a real estate development consulting firm.
Ms. Finneran serves on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Business Council (EBC) and the New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) Advisory Committee. She previously served as Advisor to the Bunker Hill Community College Energy Sustainability Management Program and to the JFY Networks Environmental Job Training Program. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in Environmental Design.