PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. – Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group, the leading demand-side management firm in the utility industry, announced today the appointment of Colin Owyang as the company’s new general counsel.
Owyang will lead corporate strategy and regulatory affairs, while overseeing the company’s internal and external legal teams. With more than 16 years in the utility industry and over 25 years practicing law in both the public and private sectors, Owyang brings an extensive background and strategic perspective in state and federal energy regulatory matters, ethics and compliance, corporate governance, commercial transactions and litigation.
“I’m excited to welcome Colin into our Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group family,” said Jim Madej, Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group CEO. “Colin’s industry experience will be key in leading our regulatory affairs and corporate strategy efforts into the future.”
Owyang was most recently Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Vermont Electric Power Company, where he led legal, HR and compliance teams. Owyang also served as executive sponsor for scenario planning and cultural transformation. Prior to that, Owyang served as the Deputy Attorney General in Massachusetts, overseeing the Criminal Bureau, Public Protection Bureau and the internal HR and IT departments. Owyang also served as Senior Vice President of Regulation and US General Counsel at National Grid. Earlier in his career, Owyang served as a federal prosecutor in Washington, DC and Boston, MA and clerked for three federal judges.
“I’m excited to be joining Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group at such an important time as our world is reminded daily of the importance of helping all people use our world’s precious resources more efficiently,” said Owyang. “Sustainability used to just mean environmental sustainability, but we learn every day that it must also mean economic and equitable sustainability. I’m humbled to join such a highly regarded organization, with deep expertise and broad capabilities.”
Owyang is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Yale University, and holds an executive leadership certificate from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Champlain College where he is Chair of the Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the Committee on Trusteeship and a member of the Executive Committee.
About Franklin Energy
Franklin Energy delivers flexible energy efficiency and grid optimization programs that enable utilities to achieve their highest-priority goals. The company’s integrated in-house services and proven software provide deeper personalization and insights, acting as a true partner to utilities. Franklin’s NGAGE™ platform is a scalable end-to-end technology that seamlessly integrates utility portfolio programs into a single interface for more efficient management and more effective customer engagement. The company is celebrating its 25th year serving the utility industry, with solutions implemented by more than 1,000 experts in more than 60 offices across 26 states and provinces.
About AM Conservation Group
Since 1989, AM Conservation Group has been the utility industry’s leading provider of energy- and water-saving products, kits, education and online stores. We manufacture and distribute nearly 400 energy efficiency and water conservation products, which are custom engineered for the unique needs of the industry and carry ENERGY STAR® and WaterSense® certifications. AM Conservation Group’s product lines include Niagara Conservation and Simply Conserve®.